Are late night brawls a thing of the past asked the media as figures show a 12% year-on-year drop in admissions to English hospitals for violent injuries are just the latest evidence of a remarkable and welcome trend. The BBC claim "Something extraordinary is happening". It is interesting that this has happened over the last 10 years since street patrol initiatives within the night-time economy took off! A connection maybe? When Street Angels was first launched in Halifax Paul shared in several meetings that when we pray and action towards 'God's Kingdom come, God's will be done, on earth as in heaven' the reality of that is reduced crime, safer streets, less aggression, etc. When violent crime was reduced in Halifax by 42% in 12 months, that the church was active in the town at a time and in an area of most need was a significant factor (along with better partnership working between the different agencies). We have evidence from several local projects that one of the outcomes is reduction in violence and anti-social behaviour. Well done to all our local projects and volunteers who have contributed to this 12% year on year reduction.
The Annual General Meeting of 'Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives' was held at the Northern Conference - please do have a look at: Agenda and Reports, Accounts Balance Sheet 2013/14 and Minutes of the AGM. One of our main issues moving forward is that of funding - our current funding is set to run out in July (this year). The trustees have made a fresh appeal to our local projects to consider investing £300 each year into CNI Network - this is less than the amount similar projects ask for one volunteer - as well as asking individuals if they would consider setting up monthly standing orders. There is a desire and vision not only to continue and grow the activity we are currently involved in but to grow and develop Club Angels (especially as nightclubs are requesting and desperate for Club Angels teams!). Moving forward our core costs are £50,000 - not a great amount considering all that CNI Network does - if you can donate please see here or if you can distribute printed leaflets to those who may be interested in investing in our work see here.
Water safety - this year has seen a lot of tragic deaths with young people who, after drinking, have either fell into or drowned swimming across rivers. Alcohol and rivers, lakes or the sea do not mix. We are encouraging projects in towns with rivers, lakes or by the sea to put out safety reminder messages on social media and to look for opportunities to go into schools or to speak to young people around alcohol and safety (we have a pack for this here). You may also want to follow and like Riverside Awareness UK - Facebook / Twitter / YouTube video (not for children).
The launch of Street Angels in Magaluf has attracted a great deal of media attention - BBC Radio Leeds interviews / BBC Leeds web site / Premier Christian Radio interview and see the Canal 4 TV feature below. If teams of Street Angels from the UK can visit Majorca over the summer to help the team run for 7 days (4am - 7am) and talk to people during the day around safety, etc please contact Cameron.
It is great that Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels, Stockton Town Pastors and York Street Angels have all launched mobile support units over the last month. This will help the projects to provide a safe place in the heart of the night-life as well as allow the teams to move locations to respond to new venues and events.
Street Angels Leeds Project Coordinator (job vacancy)
Drinkaware - drunken nights out overview
Hull street angel Christine Mobbs: 'We're here to help, not to judge'
High Sheriff’s parting shot for charity
Manchester Street Angels is launched
Watford 'street angels' given £500 boost
Bridlington Street Angels looking to expand
Riverside Awareness UK
Tamworth Street Angels on David Cameron and Big Society
CNI Network Easter Message
Launch of Stockton Town Pastors mobile support unit
21st century Good Samaritans - Halifax Street Angels (student article)
Huge Bolton festival set to see families flock to the town centre on Easter Monday
The Sun Easter feature by Belper Street Angels coordinator
On our Facebook page - welcome 14 new Street Angels in Guildford; thank-you's from people helped by Street Angels; 106 fewer victims of violent crime in North Yorkshire; new Street Angels in Bognor-Regis; safe place scheme for Leeds students; Vicar of a different chapel!
On our Twitter feed - Oldham Angels won a cake; Festival Angels and Club Angels updates; I'm loving Street Angels instead; Street Angels for Goole; BusOasis works with young people on street; marshmallow shaped Easter bunnies - do follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter!
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Wednesday 7th May - Paul speaking to Leeds Trefoil Guild; Trevor is at the Manchester Street Angels steering group meeting.
Saturday 17th May - special event for bereaved parents in York (also 28th June in Brentwood and 22nd November in Isle of Man) - see here for more information. Please pass this information on to those who this may benefit.
Monday 19th May - Paul and Jean speaking at Moortown Supper Club, Leeds.
Thursday 22nd May - Festival Angels information night - St Philip’s Church, Scholes, Leeds, LS15 4DL. Please reply by Saturday 17th May if you would like to order a curry - £5 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 29th May - National Day of Prayer for the Police - please pray for Police Officers and staff; safety whilst on duty; success in bringing offenders to justice; & changes to policing. More information at www.cpauk.net.
Summer - opportunity to serve in Magaluf with Street Angels - contact Cameron for details.
Wednesday 20th August - Bank Holiday 25th August - Festival Angels at Leeds Festival - volunteers wanted! See here for more information.
Monday 20th October - Launch of 2015:10 at Lambeth Palace (optional tours available) - numbers are limited so book soon! This is set to be a special day.
See links on left for Street Angels First Aid, flip-flops, Dudes With Wings, etc...