The work of Street Angels - CNI Network continues to grow and expand. It was great to read in April of a 56% reduction in violent crime in Chichester on nights when City Angels run - prove that the work carried out by volunteers within the night-time economy can and does have a massive impact. It is also great to see Croydon become the second town running Club Angels (see here for launch night report) after the two pioneer Club Angels in Leeds also great to welcome Aylesbury Street Angels into the SA-CNI family. From binge to better - for communities and individuals - is our heart and vision!
April was also a month of Awards! Sanktuary Telford received the Wellington Town Council's Citizens of the Year Team Award; Stockton Town Pastors received the Mayor's Civic Award for Services to the Local Community; South Tyneside Street Angels won the Safer Neighbourhoods Award at the Pride of South Tyneside ceremony; and Oldham Street Angels were announced as finalists in The Fusion Awards Community Group of the Year. Well done to the teams in these three towns.
Paul and Jean are continuing to visit local projects to meet volunteers, see first hand the exciting work taking place and to take pictures with the Big Society Award. In April they visited (click the link for photos and a short report):
The plans for the SA-CNI National Conference are coming together - this will be a fantastic weekend of networking, inspiration and sharing and we encourage every local project to aim to send at least one representative. We are grateful to funding from Diageo for this weekend so that we can offer the weekend at £150 per person (the cost of the hotel - bed, all meals, conference, unlimited tea and coffee, use of swimming pool and gym and gala dinner) from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. More details are on this page - please email Paul if you would like paper copies of the Conference Leaflet to circulate toi your volunteers.
The Annual General Meeting of SA-CNI is also planned for June - amazingly all that Street Angels - CNI Network has achieved this last financial year was done with an expenditure of under £18,000! (the balance sheet overview is here). Realistically moving forward there is a need to pay a salary that reflects a full time post - if you feel that there is worth and value in the national SA-CNI Network as a local project, church, business or individual please would you consider making a donation?
Many thanks for all you do - together we are making the difference!
Paul and Jean
New communication system for Street Angels projects
CNI Network has signed up with the same database and communication system used by the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network across England and Wales – Neighbourhood Alert. As a result, all Street Angels projects will soon appear on the www.ourwatch.org.uk postcode search and on the Street Angels website - http://cninetwork.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/ (this is still a draft!)
This is an important step in making the projects even more visible and accessible to the public. Visitors to the sites can click through to a ‘project profile’ where they can read more about projects near them, contact the project coordinator (via a secure web form) and apply to be a part of the team. Each project coordinator can login to their account where they can edit their own and their project’s details.
CNI Network can use the system to send messages to coordinators and members – either across the network or based on geographical area. Coordinators and members can also choose to receive messages from other organisations – known as Information Providers – if they wish. These settings can be accessed when they login to their account and they can control exactly which types of messages they receive.
We hope you find this new system useful and your projects continue to grow in strength and membership. Project coordinators will receive an email shortly with more details about their profile and login; in the meantime if you have any questions please contact Paul - 07725 501465 / email.
One of the aims of SA-CNI Network is to offer our local projects practical resources to equip and resource you for the work within the local community. These resources include:
Two new resources have recently been developed - YourNight mobile app from Lincoln Street Pastors and "What is a Street Angel?" comic book from Cleethorpes Street Angels:
From our Blog:
Magaluf Street Angels on Majorca TV / Good news from Magaluf Street Angels / Radio Interview
Replace glass with polycarbonate
If God can use a donkey he can use me! Paul's DigiDisciple article
Street Angels highlighted in Neighbourhood Prayer Network Friday email
Street Angels in Scarborough increase patrols after tragic death
A night of two halves - report from Sanktuary Telford
City Changing Prayer book re-printed (this is a recommended read!)
Guildford Street Angels Spring Newsletter
Street Angels York new bus / York Street Angels on Premier Radio
Help Make Hull a Safer Place
SHINE - late night projects conference in Guildford
Stockton Town Pastors April Newsletter / May Newsletter
Sowerby Bridge Street Angels launched on Good Friday
Bolton Street Angels part of offering Gifts of Hope
Maidenhead Street Angels steward walk of witness
Hope Macclesfield Street Angels press feature
Street Angels feature in Church Urban Fund Ready-to-Go book
Diary for May:
Fri 3rd - Paul and Jean attending the Mayor of Calderdale's end of year celebration
Tue 7th - Paul speaking on the work of SA-CNI at Halifax Townswomen's Guild
Wed 8th - Paul speaking at Stokesley FGBMFI, 7pm for 7.15pm at Stokesley Town Hall
Sat 11th - Paul and Jean out with Larne NightLight and hoping to meet other projects in Northern Ireland
Thu 16th - Social Media and Your Organisation training in Halifax, 7pm - 9.30pm - see here to book
Sat 18th - Paul and Jean at Love Calderdale in Halifax Piece Hall
Sat 25th - Paul and Jean, Trevor and Helen at the wedding of Sarah Digby and Iain Mansfield (from Watford Street Angels)
Sat 22nd June - SHINE (Sharing Hope In Night-time Economy) regional conference for Street Angels - CNI Network, Street Pastors and others. Speakers: Paul Blakey MBE founder Street Angels - CNI Network; Lynne Owens Chief Constable of Surrey Police; and Debra Green OBE author, popular speaker and founder of Redeeming our Communities. 9.30am - 4.00pm at St Saviour's Church, Guildford - lunch and refreshments provided. Contact Nigel Pool - Fleet Town Centre Project Coordinator - email.
Tue 25th June - SA-CNI Annual General Meeting - 6.30pm for free buffet tea, 7.15pm for AGM - Salvation Army, Central Street, Hoyland Common, S74 0FG (junction 36 M1) - see here (please note change in membership that will be agreed at AGM - your comments welcomed).
Sat 10th - Sat 17th August - Edinburgh Festival outreach - see here for details.
Fri 30th August - Sun 1st September - SA-CNI National Conference - a weekend to bring together SA-CNI projects from across the UK to share, network, learn and to be inspired. Speakers include Gerald Coates, Debra Green OBE and Roy Crowne leading a wide range of workshops. Information and booking is here - please do try and send someone from your project.
#CNIPrayer for May:
See more here - Dungannon Nightlight / Bradford Street Angels / Hanley, Stoke on Trent, NightChurch / Hull Street Angels Trinity / Wetherby Street Angels / Buckingham Street Ministries / Carmarthen Night Light, West Wales / Watford Street Angels / Boscombe Angels, Boscombe, Bournemouth / The Living Room, Tenerife
Please also pray for funding for the work of SA-CNI and all it does (we have 2 funding applications recently submitted).
Prayer Twinning - a great idea from Exmouth Open Door. Twinning towns together for mutual support and prayer (text, email, facebook or call each other with prayer needs and things to share between the 2 projects). We already have linked Exmouth Open Door NightShift and Whitby Street Angels - to register interest email Paul.