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Hull’s Street Angels have taken it one step further in their mission to keep Hull safe on the weekend.
Once again proving that all heroes don’t wear capes, the group of volunteers, who are usually donned in fluorescent clothing and can be seen carrying an array of flip flops, have purchased their very own bus with enough facilities to take care of those in need on a Friday and Saturday night.
The team, made up of over 20 volunteers, are on the streets every weekend helping those who are worse for wear and in need of a helping hand, as well as alleviating pressure on our already strained emergency services.
Gaynor Bonner, a volunteer with the group, said the idea for the bus – which is equipped with benches, first aid kits, bowls, flip flops, hot water and tea and coffee – came when they visited Blackpool and the Street Angels there.
The teams swapped ideas and Hull’s then went and bought the former Social Services bus and put their own stamp on it.
Gaynor said: “The bus is a safer and quieter area and is a calm zone. We get people who need help, some who have mental health issues, and other vulnerable people, people with minor injuries.
“With the bus, people can see where we are. We have bottles of water, bowls and we can have a sit down with them and make them a cup of tea.”
The Street Angels have been fundraising with backpacking and tombola to afford the bus, and Gaynor says people can also give small donations for the flip flops.
She said: “We buy those and the bowls and everything from our own pockets and people give donations too.”
The group work every Friday and Saturday, as well as Bank Holiday Sundays and are hoping to get more volunteers so they can have two pairs out on the street, and a pair on the bus.
Gaynor said: “Anyone who wants to join can do so and can even come and do a shadow shift with us.”
As well as the bus, the group are active on social media and have been giving out cards for people in case they are in need of help.
Gaynor said: “We have cards that we have given to taxi drivers and have gone to Sixth Forms and given them out there. The cards have our number on it so if anyone needs us we can help, say if someone is being harassed or if they’ve lost their friends we can go and find and help them – even if they are on a toilet floor somewhere.”
Gaynor said the group also have a rapport with emergency services and door staff at Hull’s pubs and clubs.
She said: “Because we give out shoes to save the girl’s feet it means they’re not suffering with the minor injuries they have from walking about on glass which is sometimes outside.
"A lot of us are nurses or ex-nurses so are able to provide first aid, and then we have first aid training and also conflict resolution training which is all offered when you volunteer.
“A lot of people see people in these situations and immediately call 999 when we can help and we can take people to the bus, take care of them and they can call someone if they need to and we make sure they are safe.
“We have a good rapport with the police and ambulance service and the door staff. The Street Angels I think started out in New York and the subway and started in Britain in either Halifax or Huddersfield. We started under a year ago and the things we’ve achieved so far are amazing.
“We are looking for more volunteers and encourage people to come and do a shadow shift with us.”
You can get in touch with the group on their Facebook and Twitter page. You can also visit their website here.
To call them, their number is 07494420622.
The Festival Angels teams have had a busy start to the festival season with teams at:
Big Church Day Out (South Downs)
Tunes in the Dunes (Cornwall)
Radio 1's Big Weekend (Middlesbrough)
Wildfires (South Downs)
Take That (Middlesbrough)
The teams, working alongside local street teams, were on hand to offer welfare and support to the tens of thousands of people at these various events. Below are images from the various teams:
CNI Network has been chatting with this young lady today about a possible film about our work - she sent us this as an example of her work in the past - this is a powerful, moving and personal story and something that is essential viewing for all those working with homeless people and may give a background story to why they have ended up homeless...
Once again Angels will be a feature at Cornwall's biggest music festival.
Boardmasters, which runs from 7th - 11th August in Newquay's Watergate Bay, will have teams of Christian Festival Angels offering support and advice to the 50,000 festival goers.
In their third year at Boardmasters Festival Angels will be on patrol in fluorescent yellow tabards and distinctive Festival Angels t-shirts. They will offer help and support across the festival site including putting up tents, helping people navigate the site, signposting people to other support services and offering a friendly and welcoming presence.
The team's hub will also include the trendy 'Jesus Loves Festivals' banner and Gospels which is a great conversation starter and photo opportunity and ties in with the 'Jesus calls will you follow' banner plane flypast that will pass over Boardmasters.
Paul Blakey MBE, one of the Boardmasters Festival Angels coordinators and CEO of CNI Network who oversee this work, comments, "Boardmasters is a fantastic event for tens of thousands of young people. Our teams work with the organisers and welfare teams to keep festivalgoers safe and help them make the most of the festival. Boardmasters in its stunning location with amazing sunsets is a great event and one at which it is easy to see why Jesus Loves Festivals and Cornwall!"
Bishop of St Germans Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith says, "Jesus himself had a reputation for enjoying celebrations and the company of others. He regularly put himself where others could find him and that’s why we can say with confidence, Jesus loves festivals! Part of our distinct calling as church in Cornwall is to offer welcome and hospitality in the name of Jesus. We are delighted to welcome everyone at Boardmasters and the Christian Festival Angels from around the country to give us the opportunity to put that into practice. Please pray that the love, kindness and wisdom of Jesus will be evident at this year’s festival."
Boardmasters says, "We are delighted to welcome Festival Angels back to Boardmasters for their third year, and look forward to working with them and their volunteers this Summer".
For more information visit www.boardmastersfestivalangels.org.uk
Paul is the first interview on Praxis Centre for Hope and Activism podcast - the aim of Praxis is 'Speak up for justice. Restore hope to your community. Look for the life of the world to come. ' Listen to the interview here:
Source - Volunteering as a Street Angel
Every weekend you will see teams of Angels out and about in town and city centres. Armed with flip-flops, bottles of water, first aid kits and lollipops these fluorescent teams are helping people to have a safe and fun night out.
Started in 2005 as a response to Friday and Saturday nights in Halifax, where the town was known as the 'Wild West of West Yorkshire', Street Angels have spread their wings to work in around 130 local communities including Club Angels working inside club venues and Festival Angels at major music festival events.
The teams, often the church and community working together, generally have a major impact on the places they serve with violent crime and anti-social behaviour reduced, sometimes by as much as 58%.
The family of Street, Club and Festival Angels are connected through the CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiatives) Network who act as an umbrella organisation to support, promote, resource and celebrate the work of existing projects as well as be a catalyst to help launch new projects. CNI Network recently became a member of 'Advice for the Voluntary Sector' as a way of further offering help and support to their local projects should they need it.
Many of their local projects would love to welcome those who want to sample an evening as an Angel! Volunteers often say that the work they do is rewarding and that being part of a team of safe people on the streets, in a nightclub or at a festival is a practical way of demonstrating that the Christian faith has a relevant place within the local community.
The heart and vision of CNI Network is #MakingCityStreetsLikeNewAgain and our teams make that a reality each and every week as people are helped, partnerships with a wide range of agencies are formed and crime and anti-social behaviour is reduced.
For more information or to become an Angel with a local project visit cninetwork.org or follow us on Facebook (cninetwork) or Twitter (cninet).
We also have a book 'Street Angels - the amazing story from binge to better' which is available at a special price of £3 including postage atcninetwork.org/book . The book is packed with amazing stories of people and community transformation.
You can also take a look at who we are teamed up with and work alongside via our website www.cninetwork.org/resources, and we are also members of AFVS CIC who can be found on this page.
Paul Blakey MBE - Founder of CNI
Easter is with us and the first 4 day weekend/Bank Holiday of the year! For many of our street and club teams, this is a busy weekend and Easter Sunday, in particular, sees thousands of people enjoying that extra day’s lie in with a night out in the local town or city centre.
Our teams of Street Angels and Club Angels will be on hand to help ensure our Easter weekend revellers have a SafeNightOut.party. Alongside the flip-flops, bottles of water, plasters for blistered feet, directions to pubs and clubs, helping reunite friends many of our teams will be sharing the SafeNightOut.party poster on social media. Check out the poster and share it with your friends and on your social media…
Easter is also the start of the summer season – seaside destinations will come alive and other places prepare for a summer of sporting events and festivals.
The 4 day Tour de Yorkshire from 2nd to 5th May will see world-class cyclists speed their way through towns and villages across the Yorkshire region. Our teams of Street Angels will be out and about to help cheer the race on as well as be extra eyes and ears amongst the thousands of spectators. CNI Network has also helped promote Jesus Loves Yorkshire– a cool flat cap wearing Jesus design that shares a positive message with the millions of global viewers!
Have a fantastic Easter weekend and if you are out on the town have a SafeNightOut.party
Media Release - Angels are heading to Kendal Calling later this year
Teams of Festival Angels will be a feature at the popular music festival held each year in the grounds of Lowther Castle, Penrith.
The teams, many from local church communities, will be highly visible in yellow tabards and Festival Angel t-shirts. They will be manning safe hubs in several of the campsites as well as patrolling the camp areas and main arena offering support and advice to the 25,000 festival goers.
Festival Angels started in 2011 at Leeds Festival and has grown in size at Leeds with 190 volunteers offering a prayer cafe, detached teams, lost property, left luggage and safe hubs. Festival Angels has since spread its wings to other festivals including Royal Ascot, Boardmasters and, for the first time in 2019, Kendal Calling. Festival Angels have also developed a trendy 'Jesus Loves Festivals' design that is featured on banners with special copies of Mark's Gospel made available.
Paul Blakey MBE, the coordinator of Kendal Calling Festival Angels and CEO of CNI Network who oversee the work, comments, "Festival Angels is a great way for Christians to engage in these major events that attract thousands of people each year. Our volunteers are amazing people who work with the staff team towards ensuring that the festival is a safe, fun and welcoming place for those attending."
To volunteer as a Festival Angel at Kendal Calling or a number of other music festivals visit festivalangels.org.uk .
AT Tamworth Informed, we are proud to support the charity and community sector in and around Tamworth, and so we want to help raise awareness by introducing a new feature.Over the coming Months, we aim to make more people aware of the of great work that goes on, often behind the scenes and unnoticed – and we aim to do this through our ‘Under the Spotlight’ feature.
We are launching this feature by showcasing ‘Tamworth Street Angels’ and giving you an insight into what they do.
Tamworth Street Angels were formed over five years ago by Reverend Vic Van Den Bergh of St Francis Church, Leyfields.
Vic felt that Tamworth’s night-time economy could benefit from having a team of volunteers in the town at weekends – “to help keep people safe, to provide assistance when it is needed, to be a pair of helping hands and a pair of listening ears.”
The Tamworth project is one of approximately 130 similar groups in the UK and abroad. They are a Christian organisation which is affiliated with CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiative), set up by Paul Blakey MBE Halifaxax over ten years ago.
Volunteers come from all faiths or none and are encouraged to have fun when they are out and about. Current volunteers range in age from 20 to 60+ and are out in all weathers in their high-viz orange jackets emblazoned with Tamworth Street Angels so they are easily spotted!
Each team carries a first aid kit, a Townsafe radio (linked to CCTV), bottles of water, flip flops for those who have taken off their high heels and a range of other items that might come in useful!
Their presence in Tamworth Town Centre has been welcomed and applauded, not only by the weekend revellers and door staff but also by the Police and Ambulance Service, who appreciate the help given to relieve some of the pressures facing them at particularly busy times.
They say that their aim is to continue to provide support to all those involved in Tamworth’s night-time economy for many years to come.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Tamworth Street Angel, you can visit their Facebook page here.
Scarborough Street Angels are into their Tenth year of being on the Streets of Scarborough although we first started our training in 2008.
To celebrate our Tenth year one of our Street Angels Steve Barr came to me October last year suggesting he wanted to do a Tandem Skydive to raise funds for the work of the Angels our Street, Community and Youth Angels. At the time I said to Steve let’s plan it for our tenth anniversary of Street Angels, we decided we would try and get three of the Angels to jump to represent the three Angel groups, I was very quick to say I would do it with Steve, and then realised what I said, we then approached the Youth Angels and I heard that Jon Begin one of the Youth leaders wanted to do it, so I approached Jon and he was very much up for it, not so sure about his wife Stacey.
We then got the wheels in motion, so after Christmas John raised a gofundme page for our Skydive, we printed of some sponsorship forms to hand out as well and I phoned Sky dive GB parachute Jump centre at East Leys Farm, Grindale Bridlington, so the deposit paid and date was set for 23rd March arrival time 7:30.
We arrived on the day at about 7:15 the weather was lovely slight early morning haze not much wind and the sun shining, whilst filling in forms we asked at what time would the flight be thinking about 10 am he said you could be airborne in 40 minutes, it was a quick call to our wives and family members as they wanted to watch and support us, they arrived just before our walk to the aircraft. Safely on board and waving goodbye to our families we took off, being strapped to our Instructors, took us twenty minutes to climb to 10000 feet flying out to Scarborough and back to Bridlington over the drop zone, I was really excited as was Steve and Jon, I was to be the first one out, a tap on the shoulder and the door open we edged toward the edge of the aircraft, next we were free falling at 120 mph falling from 10000 feet to 5000 feet in just 30 seconds, Amazing and what a sight, the main chute opened and we slowed up from 120mph to 20mph that’s why it looks like you’re going upwards, we then had 5 minutes under the chute enjoying the view, such peace, and even having a go at controlling the chute and doing a few turns, Wow! Into land we came, Safe and sound! We all enjoyed it, even our families enjoyed the day!
A big thank you to all who have sponsored us, although the sponsor money is still coming in we think we may have raised over £1200:00 for the work of the Angels.
We continue to look at celebrating the work of the Angels by having a charity evening in September, watch this space.
(Seychelles News Agency) - A volunteer group of after-dark pastors who work with the less fortunate said more love and understanding are needed to prevent people who abuse drugs from living transient and homeless lifestyles.
Seychelles’ Night Pastors, a volunteer Christian group, has been concentrating their work night ministry and providing basic necessities in the capital city of Victoria.
The group was founded four years ago and is an initiative of the Anglican Church of Seychelles and Victoria Howard, a UK-based Seychellois. Howard founded a similar organisation in west Cornwall, United Kingdom.
“Ministry of the night or street pastors are found all over the UK, Europe, Australia and even in Africa, in Nigeria to be precise,” explained Howard, who volunteers and works a lot with the homeless in her home city in England.
Howard adds: “We basically are serving God by serving others and doing what Jesus said, clothe the naked, house the homeless. Here I have had the first experience with working with sex workers and people who due to substance abuse are homeless.”
“Sesel Paster Lannwit” as it is known in Creole not only distribute basics such as food, water and care packs but also offers prayers and counselling to women and men found on the streets of the capital city at night.
Archdeacon Danny Elizabeth, chair of the board of the group, said “We go out when it is dark. In this darkness, many things happen. Some are visible whilst others are unseen. We meet and listen to untold stories and unheard cries for help. We pray with the needy. We encourage them ‘to get up’,” said Elizabeth, who added, “our joy is when someone says I had someone who lifted me up when I was down.”
According to Howard, the sex workers are most difficult to work with compared to alcoholics and heroin addicts. “They never have time to listen as in their eyes, they are working, but nevertheless we do approach them and give them hygienic packs,” explained Howard.
Sonia (not her real name) is one person whose life has turned around since her encounter with the local night pastors last year.
“When I met the group, I was on the streets and had been involved in sex work before. I found myself on the street after a family member abandoned me. The group helped me to let go of my bitterness since my relative was no longer alive,” explained Sonia - currently in employment - who said she was very appreciative of Paster Lannwit’s counselling and prayers.
Howard, whose expertise has helped to create the group, is the daughter of Archdeacon Charles Roach, who worked with the Seychelles Anglican Diocese from 1951 to 1955.
Named after the capital city of the Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, Victoria Howard visits every year and participates actively in the night ministries which are held from 10 p.m to 2 a.m.
“Since we started we have been working in town, but in the future, we want to decentralize our mission and work in other districts especially those bordering with Victoria,” said Howard.
Howard said that Seychelles’ Night Pastors currently has 50-plus members from both the Catholic and Anglican Churches. In the future, with the donation of a car, the charity hopes to transport the homeless to the night shelter or even if there is the need, to the shelter for abused women.
The group has also welcomed the ban on the sale of alcohol in Market Street, which is a hot spot in the capital city.
Elizabeth said that Seychelles Night Pastors' vision is that “more people of faith can step out of their comfort zone and help the needy in the community.”
Those who have made a difference to the community were honoured at the Macclesfield Civic Awards.
Thirteen winners were announced across 12 categories at a ceremony at Macclesfield Town Hall, on Sunday, April 7, hosted by mayor Adam Schofield.
The awards, run by Macclesfield Town Council, are now in their fourth year and recognise members of the community for their commitment and dedication to making the town a better place to live.
The mayor’s award went to Pip Mosscrop for his work with Hope Centre in North East Cheshire, based in Park Green,
He also volunteers for Street Angels, very WHAM and Refugees Welcome.
Mr Mosscrop was a founding member of Cre8 and co-ordinates the work of Drop In, ROAR, Silklife Foodbank and Cheshire Streetwise with Hope.
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