CNI Network would love to connect with you. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, send out a regular newsletter and post news items from our family of projects on our Blog page. We are here to support and serve local projects, those looking at starting a project and local churches and communities.
To book founder Paul Blakey MBE as a speaker please see here.
Often our local projects are happy to speak about the work locally - please contact the local project direct (see this page for local project listings)
As well as the CNI Network Facebook page we also have:
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Volunteers Are Amazing
The heart of CNI Network is the amazing teams of volunteers who invest who they are the skills they have into local communities. CNI Network honours and celebrates each and every person who is part of the international CNI family. In 2014 we produced a "Volunteers Are Amazing - Thank You" booklet which Paul and Jean have aimed to visit each project to meet, thank and present to the teams - you can find a copy of the booklet here.
Contact Us / Meet The Team:
Katie Waters is Project Coordinator for Leeds Street Angels and has recently begun in the role of Regional Coordinator for West Yorkshire. Katie says: "I began volunteering with Leeds Street Angels in 2013 and from my first night on patrol found the project rewarding, changing my perceptions of the night life in Leeds. Every weekend is different and we're always learning new skills, as well as putting into practice our training. We've seen prayers answered and we continue to pray for the future development of the project. Since becoming coordinator in 2014 I've gained a greater understanding of the night-time economy in Leeds, being supported by and partnering with many other agencies in the city. I'm excited to see how we can develop a regional network with other projects to support one another and increase our impact" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Brock is the chair of CNI Network and is formerly coordinator of Stockton Town Pastors. A former Police Officer Steve has a heart for local projects and seeing volunteers trained for their work. email . Steve is also the Regional Coordinator for the North East region.
Martin Rowley is the vice-chair of CNI Network. He is a former Elim Pastor, York Street Angel and now an undertaker! He has a passion for strengthening the work of regional coordinators and is able to add a dynamic business entity to the work of CNI. email
Stuart Robertshaw has been a volunteer with Leeds Street Angels for over 5 years and has also been working with local churches in Dewsbury to form the Dewsbury and Batley Street Angels project which launches in July 2017. Stuart is passionate about the work of Street Angels and has given several talks to local groups and churches to spread awareness of the work that Street Angels do in the local projects. He is passionate about expanding the number of projects worldwide under the CNI banner and values the huge commitment local volunteers give on the CNI projects. Stuart works as a risk management consultant during the week so he is naturally keen to ensure people are kept safe in their leisure time as well as in their day jobs. email
Olivia Shaw is a part of Woking Street Angels, in the South of England. Olivia is passionate about ensuring people are safe when enjoying a night out, and have someone to talk to if they need to talk. Olivia says "I am really keen to see how CNI projects can support their local hospitals and emergency services" During the week she works for the NHS as a Medicines Management Technician and is a keen football fan!! email
Ian Woods - details soon!
Council of Reference:
The Council of Reference are people who stand with and believe in the mission of CNI Network to demonstrate God’s Kingdom as a reality within the night-time economy (and similar). They are people who will seek to make this mission a reality in new and dynamic ways as well as support and encourage our existing projects. They will offer insight into the changing needs of the night-time economy from their particular area of expertise. They will seek to champion the work of CNI Network, its local projects and the impact we are making. If working regionally they will encourage and support the projects and volunteers within the region and encourage clusters around Police Regions. They will seek to celebrate and promote the impact of our family of volunteers and share good news stories. They will seek to help make CNI Network a forward-thinking and increasingly relevant organisation that is serving others and communities worldwide.
Andy Burns - is the founder of Dundee Street Chaplains and a former Trustee of CNI Network. Andy is in the process of moving back home to Northern Ireland and so will be part of the development of CNI's work in Ireland.
Debra Green OBE - is the National Director and Founder of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), founded in 2004; a registered charity and Limited company. She is frequently asked to speak at events and conferences. She also speaks at conferences organised by statutory authorities and public services. Debra has twenty years of experience in bringing organisations together towards the goal of social transformation, starting with her home city of Manchester. Since 2003, this work has expanded and she has acted as a consultant to many other towns and cities with significant results. Such work has attracted interest from public services and local authorities who are impressed by the proven track record and results achieved. Debra has had three books published. The most recent published in 2014 – ROC Your World – changing communities for good. Also a previous book was published in 2008 “Redeeming Our Communities; 21st Century Miracles of Social Transformation”.
Ellis King - I began working for Halifax Street Angels in 2012. Before then I was a student and, from the age of 19 when I became a Christian, an active member of my universities Christian Union. After I became a Christian I was unsure exactly what I wanted to do after graduation, however what I did know was that I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others (however small) and it was with that motivation that I applied for the position of Project Coordinator with Halifax Street Angels an organisation which has been the perfect opportunity for me to work with an amazing team and to see the difference we can make in people’s lives through our work in the night-time economy making people safe and offering support in a person’s time of need.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Walker - is a serving police officer in North Yorkshire, currently on the senior management team, with responsibilities in serious crime and intelligence. Matt is a committed Christian and believes that to truly work with communities, you have to be part of the community, being accessible to help colleagues and the public alike. Matt is a member of Mowbray Community Church in Harrogate, a vibrant free church with tremendous community outreach. Matt is a volunteer youth leader and also works in the children’s ministries. In work, Matt is Branch Leader for the North Yorkshire Police Christian Police Association, promoting faith, inclusion and support within the organisation, and is the multi-faith lead in support networks. Outside work, Matt is Local Authority Governor to a local primary school. Matt is married and is blessed with two children. The Bible and Christian values are at the heart of his being.
Sarah Walker joined the team at the ATCM in June 2014 as Purple Flag Project Manager, taking on the role as Purple Flag Programme Manager in 2015. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the role having 16 year’s experience of the Evening and Night Time Economy (ENTE) from her previous roles as Best Bar None National Co-ordinator and Membership assistant at the (BII) British Institute of Innkeeping. Sarah is passionate about the difference that Purple Flag is making to our Towns and Cities throughout the UK, Ireland and now internationally. She firmly believes that effective partnership working is key to making a real difference to the regeneration, revitalisation, diversification and perception of our towns and city centres. Sarah also has strong involvement with key partnership organisations and other ENTE programmes including the Local Alcohol Partnership Group (LAPG).