Apologies for the lack of newsletters from ROC Angels - summer is our full on busy season with several Festival Angels teams alongside supporting Street Angels, etc.
This year has seen over 400 volunteers serve at 14 music festivals either as Festival Angels or through teams that ROC Angels support. Between us we have met and engaged with tens of thousands of people - many of them young people - in our heart to show and share that Jesus Loves Festivals! Thank you to all our summer volunteers and those who serve our communities year round.
Festival Angels Stories:
205 volunteers at Leeds Festival
Remembering Kate Dickinson in the Leeds Prayer Cafe
We Are Church @ Creamfields
Leeds Festival features on BBC and ITV Local News
NME feature Reading Street Pastors and Leeds Festival Angels
Kendal Calling Festival Angels
Yarty Party, Devon, Festival Angels
And with that the 2023 Festival season comes to a close...
Street Angels and other News Stories:
Maaate (Phase two of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls campaign)
Guildford Street and Community Angels Summer Newsletter
The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford - an amazing film worth a watch to help gain an insight into asylum seekers and refugees who have fled horrendous situations and are looking to make the UK home.
First night for Rhyl Street Angels
Guildford Street / Community Angels having a fundraising quiz night with curry on Friday October 13, 7.30 - 10.30pm at St Saviour's Church, Guildford, with a prize draw for a weeks holiday for 6 in Devon. Details can be found at https://gtcc.org.uk/angels-quiz-night/ We'd love to see you there and you'd be supporting all our amazing community projects. Bookings now live. Thank you!
New Street Angels are launching in the next few weeks in both Accrington and Chester. Please contact Paul if you would like to be involved in these 2 new teams and pray for the steering groups pulling these new teams together.
Paul - the founder of Street Angels - recorded a PodCast with Always Better Than Yesterday - you can find it on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, etc - go via abty.co.uk/podcast?
The Skate Angels, based in Colwyn Bay North Wales, organised a Community Skate Day. This was well attended and is part of the weekly Skate Angels team that support skaters each week in the town. Thanks to funding from North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and the amazing volunteer team!
Walksafe partnered with the Budweiser Brewing Group to run adverts on public transport linked to the summer World Cup promoting the app as a way of everyone getting home safe. Walksafe (download for free at walksafe.io) have made the offer of featuring our Street Angels teams on this app for free - if you as a local project are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our CEO Paul Blakey continues to work to serve our local projects locally, regionally and nationally. Over the summer he was involved in leading the Festival Angels teams at Kendal Calling, Download and Leeds Festival and gave support to other festival teams. He has visited the new North Wales and Accrington Street Angels; met with several church and project leaders; spoke to various groups about the impact of our work; visited Barnsley College and Blackburn Youth Zone to talk about alcohol and safety; spoken to police that has led to several projects receiving funding; spoken to various media including live radio interviews, online magazines and podcasts; and has is planning project visits, school visits, talks and meetings in the Autumn. To support ROC Angels and Paul as he supports our local projects please visit streetangels.org.uk/donate . Thank you to all those who partner with us.
Our local projects and those interested in community transformation are invited to the 2023 ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) National Conference, November 7th - 9th in Staffordshire.
ROC Angels will be hosting a seminar. For more details and to book - roc.uk.com/event/go-deeper-roc-national-conference-2023
Third Space Ministries, who head up Club Angels and Illuminate Soho, recently held a celebration reception in Lambeth Palace. Pictured is Carolyn Skinner, the founder, with Archbishop Justin Welby. Third Space also ran 'Love All Serve All' in the famous Wimbledon Tennis Queue.
A team from Bristol University joined the Street Angels Spain in Magaluf over the summer.
Volunteers from several projects were part of a Street Angels team at Royal Ascot keeping the race-goers safe and supplied in flip-flops after they left the races.
Eighteen local projects benefited from flip-flops donated to ROC Angels by Street Pastors.
Maidenhead Street Angels and Thames Valley Heartbeat have joined together to donate a new defibrillator at St Mary’s Church in Maidenhead town centre. Thanks also to Windsor and Maidenhead Christian Trust for their support.
Sadly a lot of our towns and cities have seen a massive increase in homelessness over the years. We are supporting this new initiative The Homeless Pastors to help offer pastoral support and care to those within the homeless community. If this is your heart, or as a local project you want to do more to pastoral support locally, please follow The Homeless Pastors Facebook page.
Aylesbury Street Angels were donated sleeping bags by the Salvation Army charity shop to hand out to rough sleepers they come across in the town.
To keep up to date with ROC Angels news and that of our local projects follow us on socials - rocstreetangels (Facebook, Insta, TikTok, X and Threads).
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