After four nights of violence which started in London but which spread, it is great news that last night peace was evident and public disorder reduced in our nation. We would encourage you to continue to pray especially for those on the frontline working to see our streets restored, for the communities affected, for community patrol projects out and about this weekend and for the plans outlined as Government is recalled today.
As we go out over the weekend can we ask you to remain vigilante and that should trouble start you have a get home plan to ensure volunteers are kept safe.
As the building up of communities now begins, your project could well be at the forefront of this as key people interacting with those on the streets. Last night, we met with Sarah from Watford Street Angels and she suggested that young people in our projects begin to step up as role models to other young people. The investment made for the good in our communities by amazing volunteers week in and week out is something that needs to be celebrated and highlighted at this time. If you have stories of people in your project who have turned from a life of crime, drugs to faith / volunteering or young people who invest into your local town please email us the story and we will begin to publish these. We will also look at ways we can develop role models for those we meet on the streets over the next few days...
The Department for Communities and Local Government have asked us to offer their deepest thanks for the assisting with communications and positive action over these last few days. They have seen the value that communities working together can bring.
Keep up the good work!
All the best
Paul and Adam