We were very encouraged and challenged by the words of Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent John Sutherland speaking at the Tackling Britain's Gang Culture conference:
"This is not a situation we're going to arrest our way out of.
"Faith matters. There is a place for prayer.
"It's not fashionable to say that but frankly we've not got time for fashion anymore."
Powerful words that are demonstrated week in and week out through the work of Street Angels - CNI Network local projects within 120 communities. Violent crime, sexual assaults and anti-social behaviour reductions is our prove that faith and prayer really do matter. As we go out - yes to help the vulnerable, yes to pick up bottles, yes to give out flip-flops, yes to offer first aid assistance, yes to be a visible presence, yes to be nice to others - the things that are different, and makes the difference, is our faith, prayer and partnership with God!
Thank you again for all those who volunteer - especially as the snow and cold has hit in January - as we carry on the tour of local projects we are always amazed at the commitment of so many and the investment made into local communities.
Please do plan to be at our National Conference in August - it promises to be a fantastic two days..
Paul and Jean
Well done to: Hull Street Angels who helped rescue a man who had fallen into the River Hull last Saturday night; Sanktuary in Telford who revived a woman who had stopped breathing over Christmas; Oldham Street Angels who won Greater Manchester Police Oldham East Community Excellence Award; Suffolk Town Pastors who are Suffolk Charity of the Year - "what you peeps do is the heartbeat of faith"
Love Your Streets ~ #Do1NiceThing is the name of a campaign aimed at promoting and encouraging community social action. Since its launch in 2010 Love Your Streets has seen hundreds of people commit to #Do1NiceThing every day for someone else.
This year we are encouraging people to not just give up but give out each and every day over Lent by committing to #Do1NiceThing . There are plenty of ideas on our web site and we encourage you to re-tweet and Facebook these and create a wave of niceness across the country!
Another part of Love Your Streets is the partnership with NeighbourhoodPrayer.net who have a vision to see someone on every street in the UK who will 'pray, care and share'. You can sign up to this via the LYS:Pray page on Love Your Streets.
We are encouraging people to pray and #Do1NiceThing simply because #OthersRWorthIt !
This has been a busy month for the work of SA-CNI as we have worked on the plan and vision for the year ahead:
We are also planning our August conference and looking at how we can replicate projects such as Street Angels, Club Angels and youth acoustic nights in a better way. This is in addition to the New For 2013 (see the booklet here) which includes insurance cover for local projects, on-line shop, NightStock and YourNight app.
Thanks to Cleethorpes Street Angels who spotted a cheap source of flip-flops - see here.
From our Blog:
Stockton Town Pastors February newsletter
Street Angels could soon be descending on parts of Ryedale
Street Angels Magaluf
Belper Street Angels trial late-nights shift
NightClub Chaplaincy Bournemouth - Job Vacancy
Street Angels for Omagh, Northern Ireland
Macclesfield MP takes a shine to Street Angels
Street Angels article from Salford University Journalism Student
Isle of Man Angels need your help
New Years Eve volunteer count
Stockton Town Pastors January Newsletter
Oldham Angels to the rescue
NeighbourhoodPrayer.net - Father's Love Letter (this works really well in Dundee with clubbers and door-staff requesting a copy of this on a regular basis)
Diary for February:
Fri 1st Feb - Paul leading the Alcohol and Safety resource to young people at King's Church, Halifax.
Mon 4th Feb - Paul meeting with Lloyds Banking Group working on partnership
Fri 8th Feb - Paul and Jean joining the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire on a visit to Bradford Street Angels
Wed 13th Feb - Paul at the Cinnamon Network in London and meeting with David Rutley MP.
Sat 16th Feb - Paul and Jean at National Day of Prayer event in York
Fri 22nd Feb - Paul and Jean at Liquid Nightclub event in Oldham
Mon 25th Feb - Paul and Beth Tash from Leeds Street Angels speaking to students at Leeds Met University
Thu 28th Feb - Day of prayer for all Street Angels, Street Pastors etc at St Columba’s in Woking from 9.30 to 5.00. All welcome to come for all or part of the day. Drinks provided but bring your own lunch. Let Lin know if you plan to come - firstname.lastname@example.org - it would be great to make this a national day of prayer for Street Angels, Street Pastors, etc - please pray, tweet including #CNIPrayer and plan local events if possible. Prayer for projects is here.
ADVANCE NOTICE of Street Angels - CNI Network Annual General Meeting. Tuesday 25th June, 6.30pm for food (booking available soon) and 7.30pm for AGM at The Salvation Army, Central Street, Hoyland Common, Barnsley, S74 0FG (a few minutes off the M1 Junction 36).
Social Media and Your Organisation - training partly run by and supporting SA-CNI to help you get the best out of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc - dates in Halifax 10am - 12.30pm: 6th March, 15th May (7pm), 18th July, 12th September, 7th November, 12th December - see this page for more information.
#CNIPrayer this month:
Dundee ROCK Street Chaplains; Belfast Cathedral Quarter NightLight; Durham Street Lights; Beverley Street Angels; Isle of Man Street Angels; Oldham Street Angels; Whitehaven Calder Deanery Ignite Youth Ministry; Bletchley Street Ministers; Tring Night Cafe "Tea and Toast"; Maidenhead Street Angels; Love Your Streets (see here)
Boscombe Angels, as part of Street Angels. They work with most of the local shelters. Such a kind thought, good luck!!!x ; @vicargeorge Burton Street Angels about to go out. -6 forecast so don't expect it to be that busy. At least its dry. ... Good night with Street Angels - much busier than expected. Chatted with lots of people and just helped to make the town a bit happier; @BF_StreetAngels We're out tonight in the sleet and snow tonight. Well wrapped up! If anyone is out say hello and stay safe and warm! ; @jeanhurls Award at GMP event presented by Chief Super Tim Forber & Mayor to Oldham Street Angels: Jean, Jen & John pic.twitter.com/SaL4fBmn ; @BOLStreetAngels Can you spare a little ££ to help keep us going? Last year we helped with 223 incidents on a budget of £2.5k http://www.gofundme.com/1kekxk ; @nhsleeds Interactive alcohol guide for under 18s who might be thinking about drinking #knowtherisks http://bit.ly/Vc2ir7 - pls share & #staysafe; @Tobie71 That's me dressed n ready for a night out.... If ur out and about say hello to ur friendly street angels; @OurPlaceOurBase: Going to set up new project called street angels, where youth workers at busy time ensure the safety of others... / :-) ; @deborah_reck Great day with Street Angels @cninet leadership team at beautiful Lamplugh House nr Scarborough & off to visit @KingdomFaith tomorrow :o) ; @HullSAT VERY proud of our Street Angels this weekend. Helped rescue a man who'd fallen into the River Hull. Thanks to emergency services too; @CinnamonNetwork Street Angels: thinking creatively around how the needs of the night time economy can be met. http://bit.ly/10fE1CD ; @SALeaderLin 6 Street Angels slithered through Guildford on Saturday. What commitment! Well done everyone; @SERVEEngland The amazing work of @hxstreetangels! Love this film: http://buff.ly/10yJb2l . And #thankyoutoday for everyone of you amazing streetangels ; Getting helped by the street Angels before 11.30 was definitely a new one last night!; @Street_Angels We are now recruiting for Bus Angels and Street Angels for our March training course. Apply at... http://fb.me/1PT2LEZEX ; @tomeetippee Out volunteering for @Street_Angels York in the snow tonight!! Wrapped up nice and warm, it's freezing out! ; @OldhamAngels Wrap up warm tonight & lookout for the 'Snow Angels'!! ; Great Christian presence! streets wd be dark without @SALeaderLin Guildford Street Angels out from 10.30 tonight wearing warmest clothes ; @ThirdSpaceMin Our 'Club & Pray' team last night, after a night of dancing,worship,prayer #CNI #ClubandPray pic.twitter.com/ubQxWT81 ; @HadleighBaptist Please spend a moment remembering in prayer our Jenny & all the other town pastors out helping their communities this weekend. #townpastors ; @CarmNightLight Our second anniversary today - two years with an unbroken record of going out on the streets of Carmarthen every weekend! ; @HullSAT The Purple Flag is flying high! Proud to have supported #Hull to achieve this - and to get a special commendation at the awards *Justsaying* ; @gutnahofskiI have awoken post street angels, all bleary ; @ForestHthPolice On patrol with @SOSBusWestSuff and Town Pastors. Party goers Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly #saferclubbing #Newmarketpic.twitter.com/NjjTcaUY ; @revdbev Great night out with Halifax Street Angels. All relatively calm. ; @MullaNasruddin Woking Street Angels - just 5 of us out tonight. Pretty cold but not a lot happening ... Good chats with bouncers, fast food staff & police ; @BF_StreetAngels Thanks to NANDOS for your great donation to sustain us through the night! ; @housemisses Getting ready for my 1st shift of 2013 #Camberley Street Angels ; @Michaelfiftyone Hartlepool Town Pastors out tonight 10pm-Late,hope everyone has a good night,say Hi if you see us.......Peace be with you. ; @cninet Great to chat with new lap dancing bar chaplain 2day - 1 of the most important & rewarding parts of her work as a minister #Godiseverywhere ; Woking Street Angels #WSA have an information evening for potential volunteers on Tues 5th Feb. Details email@example.com ; @WokingFairtrade Great to hear what local churches are doing in our community - homelessness project, acts of kindness, street angels..the list goes on ; @LnStreetPastors The latest demo video of the Your Night app Release version 2https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200492560536200 … ; @BF_StreetAngels New Year's Eve Team was the busiest yet, including 80 glass bottles removed from the streets and a total of 122 service acts completed. ; @BfpLaura Bury Town Pastors urgently need more Town Pastors, closing date for applications 25 Feb details: firstname.lastname@example.org ; @BrianWard1211 'We are there to help you' Street Angels ; @StPaulsCamb #Camberley #StreetAngels out tonight as usual in the town. If you need a safe person to talk to or wait with, please stop one ; @BrianWard1211 A relatively quiet night out with the Street Angels Scarborough but some good conversations. Thanks team. @cninet @KFYorkshire ; @HullSAT If you're out in #Hull this weekend and you see any Street Angels - stop us and say hello. We're a friendly bunch! ; Slough Str Angels celebrated its 1st Birthday on 16th Dec. Well done to all involved :-) ; @CrossingLondonVery excited to be partnering with @cninet on our Community Action Programme. Read their blog mentioning us here: http://www.sa-cni.org.uk/blog.html ; @bethanysister God is often nearer than we think. He's in our kitchens, the nightclub, coffee shop, supermarket forever doing one thing - loving you ; @jeanhurls @DRWChronicle Thx David 4 Oldham Street Angels article. Just had £600 pledge from a local church-hey power of press&prayer! ; street angels are lovely middle aged women who make sure you get home safe around 4 in the morning!
Connect on Twitter - @cninet @loveyourstreets #CNIPrayer #Do1NiceThing #OthersRWorthIt
Connect on Facebook - /cninetwork /loveyourstreets
Connect on Web - www.sa-cni.org.uk www.loveyourstreets.org.uk www.makingthedifference.tv
Connect - call Paul on 07725 501465 / email