CNI Network is a grass-root movement that supports, resources and celebrates those making the difference in local communities. It is great that as a network we have people who are prepared to take risks and run with a vision of sharing love in all kinds of places.
As well as our street work on weekend evenings you will find our teams: in nightclubs; lap-dancing bars; on beaches; at music festivals; running safe place cafe drop-in's and mobile support units; offering first aid and first aid training; stewarding at community events; delivering alcohol and safety awareness in schools and to young people, offering free massages as a way of connecting with those who work in the night-time economy; offering chaplaincy and pastoral care to many...
CNI Network is your network - together we are seeing massive change in the nigh-time of our nations - from binge to better - please stand with us, pray for us, support us and celebrate all that is achieved!
Teignmouth and Dawlish NightShift - our newest project will be out for the first time on Saturday 31st May with a launch celebration and commissioning on Sunday 1st June. Paul and Jean will be with them for the weekend and will be commissioning the volunteers and speaking at Teignmouth Baptist Church morning service. Our chair, Trevor Bendrien, visited the team at Ipswich Town Pastors and spent the night meeting the volunteers and hearing of the work they do and about the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Paul and Trevor along with Paul Rawson from Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels spent two days at the National Street Pastors conference in Manchester. Thoughts were shared on Twitter (search #StreetPastorsConf ) and we will be following up some of the links and blogging ideas and opportunities in the next few weeks.
Afternoon Tea at Lambeth Palace - this special afternoon will see the launch of our 20:15:10 celebrations. Although the Archbishop cannot be with us we are inviting special guests to join with us and celebrate all that we do as a network. Details are here.
2015 National Conference - put the 23rd - 25th October 2015 in your diary as this is the date for the CNI Network National Conference. We will be at the amazing venue of Slaley Hall in Northumberland (with transport to/from Newcastle Station and Newcastle Airport) - details of the weekend are here.
24-7 Ibiza - Lucy Hardy, a former volunteer with York Street Angels and Croydon Club Angels, is volunteering for 6 months in Ibiza and part of her role is to offer free massages to female club workers - please pray for Lucy and the 24-7 Ibiza team over the summer along with the team at The Living Room in Tenerife and Street Angels in Majorca.
ICE Assist - we have made links with ICE Assist which offers an ICE (In Case of Emergency) app for mobile phones. ICE Assist brings a loud siren, SOS flash, location tracking and SMS messaging together for download on any IOS or Android phone. Just by pressing the panic button it will alert loved ones to your exact location using Google maps. ICE Assist is available for just 99p on Google Play and iStore. This would be a good app to promote on social media, help leaflets, web site and to those helped alongside the YourNight app.
Premier Lifeline: the National Christian Helpline number - We are open 9am to midnight every day of the year, on 0300 111 0101. All calls are strictly confidential. This is good information to add to information given out or on web sites. Free car stickers and bookmarks available as well via Premier Marketing Department -www.premier.org.uk/about/contact.aspx
From the Blog:
New Bishop of Liverpool calls for church to get involved in Street Angels
Bolton Street Angels could be homeless within a week / thrown a lifeline!
On patrol with York Street Angels - The Telegraph article
Soroptimist International of Bolton celebrates 75th anniversary
Mallorca Street Angels going strong - EuroNews
New look web site for 24-7 Ibiza
7 Things I Learned During My Year Without Alcohol
Should York call time on binge drinkers?
University York Radio special on river safety (podcast starts automatically). If your project is near water (river, canal, sea, etc) it may be worth asking your local fire service if they can offer throw-line training for your volunteer teams.
Stockton Town Pastors May Newsletter
Since we launched the minibus we are giving out around 35 pairs of flip flops each weekend. Here is a kind comment from Zoe - 'Thank you so much for the amazing flip flops you gave me when you saw me in bare feet as I couldn't cope another minute in shoes :):) great job' (Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels)
Another great weekend in Magaluf! We were able to help 19 vulnerable people (13 males + 6 females) back to a place of safety. We were also able to pray with a young man who realised his need for Jesus and wanted to get his life sorted out That means just this weekend we helped 10% of the total from last season in Santa Ponsa... and it wasn't even busy! (Street Angels Magaluf)
Dundee Street Chaplains were stewarding at MoFest in Montrose at one of Scotland's biggest music festivals and Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels offered stewarding and first aid at Al Fresco Music Festival - photos below!
Sunday 1st June - Paul speaking at Teignmouth Baptist Church, 10.30am and then is part of the commissioning of volunteers at the Teignmouth and Dawlish NightShift launch at Teignmouth Baptist Church, 3pm.
Wednesday 4th June - Paul and Jean meeting with Boscombe Street Angels team in Bournemouth and Derek Baker from Arun Angels
Saturday 7th June - Paul and Jean attending Woking Street Angels Summer Ball at Brooklands Museum, 6pm onwards
Sunday 8th June - Paul and Jean meeting with potential new Street Angels in Buckingham and at 3pm attending Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy and Aylesbury Street Angels Annual Celebration, St Mary's Church, Aylesbury, HP20 2JJ.
Tuesday 10th June - Paul speaking at Wakefield Diocese Mothers Union Summer Celebration, 7pm at Birchencliffe, Huddersfield
Saturday 21st June - Bridlington Street Angels first anniversary tea and cake event - happy first birthday to the Bridlington team...
Monday 30th June - Paul meeting with UCB Media
Wednesday 20th - Monday 25th August - Leeds Festival Angels - we have 51 Festival Angels currently registered to cover Lost Property, a Prayer Cafe and detached work. We need to double that number - if this could be you please see the Festival Angels web site.
Saturday 18th October - StreetLife gathering for night-time projects in the southern region - more information soon (to be held in Portsmouth).
Monday 20th October - Afternoon Tea at Lambeth Palace to launch 20:15:10 - see here for more information and to book (numbers are limited and bookings are coming in fast!)
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th October 2015 - CNI Network National Conference at Slaley Hall, Northumberland - more details here
Can you stand with CNI Network financially? Our current funding is set to run out by July / August. We have applied for grants but not yet heard back and our vision is to take on an extra role to develop Club Angels and for admin support / training. Our current funding needs are around £2,000 a month - could you give a monthly amount, could your local project invest into the international picture - together in unity we are making the difference!
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