The Street Angels - CNI Network Trustees, Regional Leadership Team, Paul and Jean wish you a Happy Easter. "Jesus, risen from the dead, said, "Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God's good news to one and all." Thank you again to all who volunteer on the streets and in steering groups, those who pray, those who help with training, those who help finance and those who stand with us. Street Angels - CNI Network is very much part of God's good news to one and all as we take part in Kingdom of God work - a Kingdom already here but also in the making!
The second early booking rate for the Street Angels - CNI Network National Conference comes to an end at the end of March. If you intend to come please book as soon as you can to help us and the hotel. The weekend looks set to be a fantastic time of networking, learning, celebrating and commissioning us for our work on the streets and in nightclubs. So far we have 15 projects coming along (with others still to book) and it would be great to have input from each and every project across the UK.
Our 2001/13 Annual General Meeting is taking place on Tuesday 25th June at the Salvation Army in Hoyland Common, S74 0FG. The night will include a free buffet tea and an opportunity to find out more about the work of SA-CNI. As part of the AGM we are voting on a change to Membership -information can be found on this page. It would be great to welcome you to this evening.
The work of Street Angels was raised in Topical Questions in the House of Commons on 20 March 2013:
David Rutley (MP for Macclesfield):
Can my right honorable friend confirm that the big society awards help highlight the important work of community groups, just as the 2012 award did for the Street Angels initiative, which helps make night life safer in Macclesfield and in hundreds of towns and cities across the country?
Nick Hurd (Parliamentary Secretary (Civil Society), Cabinet Office; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner):
I can certainly confirm that the big society awards are there to throw a spotlight on and celebrate outstanding community-led initiatives, such as the Street Angels initiative that has done such good work in Macclesfield and has now spread to more than 70 towns across the UK. I encourage colleagues on both sides of the House to think about nominating community initiatives to the big society awards through the No. 10 website.
A Street Angel from Cleethorpes has designed a comic book "Who are the Street Angels?" Steve Beckett is a designer for The Beano and this comic book can be re-designed for your project. See this page for more information.
Our friends at Lincoln Street Pastors have developed an app - YourNight - which is a free download on iPhone and Android and will help people to have a safe and fun night out. This is now available to local projects to edit and develop for use in their local area at £30 per year. Contact Paul if you are interested or see this page for more details.
Stockton Town Pastors, Yarm Town Pastors and Boro Angels feature in a YouTube video which is available here. We are aiming to update the video page on the SA-CNI web site so please email Paul a link to any unfeatured videos.
We are really excited by the potential and growth of Club Angels. Pioneered by Beth Tash in Leeds, Club Angels works inside and alongside nightclubs to create a safer night for all. Run by Christian volunteers who hang out in clubs with t-shirts saying "Chat, Help,Listen and Care - PS we're Christians - ask us more if you want!" the scheme has proved so successful a national chain which manages 59 bars across the UK are wanting to see this replicated UK wide. Third Space Ministries are looking to work in Croydon (see here for details) and Beth is pulling together a "how to set up Club Angels" page for the SA-CNI web site. We have also had interest from other pubs and clubs including several in Dundee. Please pray for this initiative as we seek to replicate it UK wide and especially for the team in Croydon.
SA-CNI are here to support over 120 local projects across the UK and resource new ones to start. One of the ways is www.wehelpedu.org.uk which has loads of ways people can donate financially to a local project or the national work including skydive's, on-line giving, jungle treks, by text, etc. Do include this link on your web site, social media and promotional literature.
If you make www.everyclick.com/sacni your homepage (and register) you can raise money for SA-CNI as you search. You can also raise money as you shop on-line.
From our Blog & Social Media:
Club Angels set to replicate across UK - Tiger Tiger Nightclub in Croydon second venue
Skipton Street Angels win High Sheriff Award
South Tyneside Street Angels nominated for Pride of South Tyneside Award
Uxbridge Street Angels and Love Your Street London launch
Boro Angels in York Diocese April Newsletter
Oldham Street Angels Hannah in NHS Pennine News (page 13)
Great feedback for Boscombe Angels
More Than Gold (Olympic Games initiatives) - review of what happened
Stockton Town Pastors March Newsletter
Skipton Street Angels win Community Group of the Year Award
Paul led a workshop at #DespiteTheCuts Engaging People Engaging Places conference organised by Keep Britain Tidy - thoughts (via Twitter) on the day here.
New BBC1 programme looking for help
Paul Blakey collects Calderdale College Inspire Award
Telling the street Angels you're just about to hop in your car after a night out - the expression is priceless / Another great night @Youth_Angels youth club, #Summit @Scarborough_UK. Also a big thankyou to the Street Angels out tonight @cninet / We're in "mother mode" again tonight: If you're getting a taxi only flag down black cabs. Other taxis should be booked. Stay safe! / Woking Street Angels feature in the new issue of The Woking Magazine, which will be hitting doormats next week! / Best idea ever. Manchester should start doing this / #cniprayer in this quarters Care Prayer guide - http://issuu.com/care/docs/prayer_diary_jan-apr_13?mode=mobile&embedId=1587576/1234181 … - March 15th / We're out and about in York tonight trying out the bus which is to be used by @Street_Angels on Saturday nights. / met up with Maddy & Peter Wilson yesterday they are setting up Street Angels in Bridlington great couple / Thankyou to the street angels for saving me last night / Literally blagged that my feet hurt just because I wanted free flip flops from the street angels... / Camberely Street Angels is easily one of the greatest times I have had at 3 AM in the rain! / Sneaky move by them street angels last night, giving me free coffee so I feel like going home #nicemove / So much respect for #StreetAngels for walking me back to JenJen's! Now just waiting for her to get home from A+E so I can have snuggles :( / We lost count at 40+ of how many blankets we gave away tonight, very very cold in #Wellington and very icy underfoot / Finished Street Angels shift-snowing 2nite, not sticking 2 much- making slippy floor. Lady fell &cut nose- really bloody so ambulance called / Good first night with the street angels! Interesting to see how things work / At home after shift with Walton Street Angels. Quiet night, helped 1 vulnerable female. Thanks to local police for their assistance. / #StreetAngels possibly bst night I've ever had. Made frnds, shared gospel, lkd after people & John was proposed to! / Looking forward to my first night helping at @sanktuary lots of lollipops and flip flops at the ready / Thank you @Ststephenshull for your donation of water! Money saved on this goes towards keeping us running. #CSR pic.twitter.com/AZN0OxL5ba / Great to be in Louth today speaking about @hxstreetangels, SA-CNI and Cleethorpes Street Angels - a lively & lovely ladies luncheon as well! / All I remember from last night is having a hot chocolate with one of the street angels and telling him he was my hero / @SurreyHeathBeat impressed with door staff at Tru dealing with ejected clients #StreetAngels out and about too doing a fab job / To the young girl we helped tonight opposite Santander; we have your other shoe! PM us to arrange getting it back. / Making best friends with street angels #heavenly / Weather awful, but ploughing on. #wet / Street angels have made it to Slough... / A big shout to all the foodbanks, street angels/pastors, drop-ins & every other expression of Jesus to hurting people. / Do they have street angels in maga? Cos I think we're gonna be needing them ... haha yes we do!! / Thanks again to Nandos for an awesome sit down gastronomic feast / Big thank you to the street angels last night! / This can't be right? Its not freezing but it is my turn to be out with #Burton Street Angels
Diary for April:
Sun 31st March - Paul and Jean spending a night with Exmouth Open Door NightShift
Fri 5th - Sun 7th April - Paul and Jean at the Christian Police Association 130th celebration weekend in Stockton
Tue 9th and Tue 16th April - Paul out with Helping Young People (HYP) linking with young people in Halifax town centre
Fri 12th April - Paul and Jean meeting with national Neighbourhood Watch
Fri 12th April - Paul is out with Slough Street Angels and Windsor Street Angels
Sat 13th April - Paul is out with Street Angels in Maidenhead
Thu 18th April - Paul speaking at St Andrew's Thursday Night Ladies Group in Halifax
Fri 19th April - Paul is out with Club Angels in Leeds
Sat 20th April - Paul is helping launch Love Your Streets #Do1NiceThing in Halifax at a Love Calderdale celebration evening with Rebekah Brettle founder of Neighbourhood Prayer Network - at King's Church, Halifax, 7pm.
Mon 22nd April - Paul is meeting with Debra Green from Redeeming Our Communities
Tue 30th April - Paul and Jean attending the Skipton Street Angels annual celebration
Sat 22nd June - Area event/conference being hosted by Guildford Street Angels at St Saviour’s church, Guildford. Speakers include Paul Blakey and Lynne Owens, Chief Constable of Surrey. More info from Lin Haynes firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to everyone.
Tues 25th June - SA-CNI Annual General Meeting - details and booking for buffet tea here
Sat 10th - Sat 16th August - Edinburgh Festival outreach - details are here
Fri 30th August - Sun 1st September - SA-CNI National Conference - see here for details
There may also be opportunity to visit the Magaluf Street Angels over the summer to work as a mission team in the resort. More details as the project gets up and running.