The core of CNI Network is our volunteers! The amazing teams of volunteers who give up time and energy (and warm beds) for others and communities at night.
Christmas is a time when we remember that God has moved into the neighbourhood - including our communities at night! Its a time of year when we especially remember that there is love, peace, hope, purpose, forgiveness, change and new direction available to each and every one of us.
These are all what our amazing teams of volunteers bring and it is an approach that works. Love the person in front of you; be a visible presence (with lollipops) that brings peace into possible conflict; be the hope that means the issue and problem will be sorted out; wander the streets with purpose and share that every person we meet has a purpose in life; offer forgiveness - to those who, through drink, say things against us but also between friends who have fallen out; see change in individuals and the community we serve - measured by reduced crime and A&E admissions; see our town and city centres take on new directions as we engage with the night-time economy.
CNI Network is a massive family of projects, of ideas, of people, committed to seeing the meaning of Christmas a reality week in week out year round.
Thank you to every single person who volunteers, to those who support financially, to those who pray, to those who partner with us. We wish you a happy, peaceful, joyful and amazing Christmas!
Paul and Jean Blakey