This last weekend founder of CNI Network Paul and Jean Blakey visited several projects in the South of England. The trip started meeting Lucy Hardy from Club Angels London for lunch and catch up before a meeting with Thames Valley Police in Oxford where they spoke on Club Angels to several police and licensing officers from across the Thames Valley region.
On Friday the pair visited the new coordinator of Woking Street Angels Lucy Chester and trustee Mark Potter. Over lunch they shared news and stories from Woking and the wider CNI Network family. In the evening Paul went to Royal Ascot to join with Windsor, Maidenhead and Woking Street Angels who were Street Angel-ing as the 70,000 race goers left the event. Over the week £600 worth of flip-flops were handed out to young ladies walking barefoot and along with general help, first aid and offering directions the team of volunteers helped make a massive difference at this event. Following Royal Ascot Jean and Paul visited the Aldershot Town Centre Pastoral Team, shared news from CNI Network and then joined them at the table they set up in the town offering hot drinks, water and lollipops.
On Saturday the day started at a breakfast for Camberley Street Angels where Paul answered questions from volunteers then shared about some of the exciting work of CNI, including Royal Ascot, Big Church Day Out, America, clubs, A&E departments and new projects launching on the streets. In the evening Paul was once again at Royal Ascot, this time later on in the evening before he visited Maidenhead Street Angels. Again it was great to share news from across the CNI Network family and join the team on patrol looking at the redevelopment of the town and hearing of changes to the night-time economy.