Paul visited Windsor Street Angels, Slough Street Angels and Maidenhead Street Angels over the weekend. The visit was part of Paul's vision to visit every CNI Network linked project with the Big Society Award and meet up with the amazing teams of volunteers who give up Friday and Saturday nights to make the difference within local communities.
A team of three Street Angels met at Windsor Baptist Church for the Friday night patrol around the town. Paul was shown the area that is patrolled and met with door-staff, homeless people and those out clubbing. The team handed out soup and lollipops and were highly regarded by many in the town centre. The volunteers had started a Saturday night patrol the weekend before and noticed that the town is much busier on a Saturday than Friday.
Paul then moved onto Slough and met with five people on patrol in the town centre. The team shared stories of how the project was impacting the town before going out on patrol. Paul again met with door-staff and those out clubbing and chatted about how the national CNI Network could best support the work locally.
On Saturday Paul spent the night with Maidenhead Street Angels - meeting with volunteers and trustees at the base Paul shared the story of Street Angels - CNI Network and of the impact it is having in communities across the nation. After a Bible reading and prayers Paul joined a team on patrol in the centre again meeting with door-staff and clubbers and hearing stories of how the teams had helped people over the last 2 years.
Paul comments, "It is great to see the commitment and dedication people have towards helping a community go from binge to better within the night-time economy. It was great to meet the amazing volunteers in Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead and see first hand the passion they have for making Street Angels happen week in and week out."