Across the country, old and young alike will be taking up the challenge this Valentines week to love their Streets. The concept is an initiative of Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network, HOPE Together and Halifax Street Angels in partnership with a range of other agencies.
Love Your Streets is focused around taking responsibility for the community; caring for your neighbours, picking up litter, smiling at someone, saying hello or by getting involved in more organised stuff such as Neighbourhood Watch, Street Angels or feeding the homeless. The idea is to encourage good old fashioned community spirit!
Love Your Street will be launched at the United Hope event at the Pearson Centre in Beeston, Nottingham on Sunday 13th February. The speaker for the United Hope event will be Roy Crowne, the Executive Director of Hope Together who will be urging people to get involved in the Love Your Street initiatives by joining in through words and action. The United Hope event also sees the birth of the new Street Angels project to Beeston which will be launched in March. Roy Crowne will be pledging to put his money where his mouth is and will be going out as a Street Angels in Beeston, alongside Paul Blakey MBE, Founder of Street Angels on their launch night, Friday 11th March.
People up and down the country are also encouraged to take part in the launch of this exciting initiative during the weekend by carrying out random acts of love towards others in their community.
Love Your Streets is not just for those of faith but for everyone. The call this Valentines weekend is to think how warm you feel inside when someone says hello or smiles or does something nice for you - Love Your Streets encourages you to help someone else feel warm and loved and wanted through your actions!
Speaking before the launch, Adam May, the National Director of Development for CNI said
"Love your streets is an exciting initiative to promote that lacking sense of community spirit up and down the land. The call in our time is now to respond and I would urge and encourage everyone alike to buy into this initiative. The Big Society is all about community engagement but this calls us to simply love, love, love. Let's keep loving your streets today, tomorrow and forever. I am delighted to be part of making this initiative happen and look forward to seeing the stories which will unfold as a result of this. All we need is love!"
This was supported by Paul Blakey MBE, Founder of Street Angels who went on to say:
“Love Your Streets happens day in and day out in communities across our nation. People volunteer time, resources, talent and energy to make a difference in the lives of others and society as a whole. This concept is to encourage more people to think of others! I see weekly firsthand the difference people make - be part of those who 'Love Your Streets' as a way of life...”
Further details can be found online at www.loveyourstreets.org.uk or by searching on Facebook and Twitter.
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