The latest Christmas newsletter from CNI Network:
Counter Terrorism Policing have opened up an award-winning counter terrorism training course to anyone who wants to learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident: This is ideal for volunteers within our local projects, community groups, church leaders, etc - https://ct.highfieldelearning.com
Pip Moscrop, one of the founders and coordinator of Street Angels Macclesfield, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours. On behalf of CNI Network we sent congratulations for this truly deserved honour and asked Pip a few questions...
First of all congratulations on a highly deserved honour! Tell us some more about how you found out and received your Honour:
I was amazed and delighted to learn that I had been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Macclesfield in the Queen's Birthday Honours List; it was totally unexpected! This was presented at an investiture by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, at Tatton Hall, a stately home in Knutsford, in November (see the picture below).
You have given and invested a tremendous amount for the community of Macclesfield and Street Angels isn't the only initiative you are involved in - tell us about other projects you are working with:
I have been involved with the Churches and what they do together in Macclesfield for fifteen years as the Co-ordinator of Hope in North East Cheshire - thirty-nine Churches working together in mission in our communities. I became Chair until 2017, of one of the Hope charities, Cre8 Macclesfield, a youth and community programme, based in the Moss Rose estate, one of the most disadvantaged in Macclesfield.
As Hope built relationships with the authorities, and the Church Leaders and those in the Churches worked more closely together, there was growing recognition that much could be done through social action. In 2012, with the invaluable help of Paul Blakey and Christian Nightlife Initiatives, we established Street Angels Macclesfield which is highly regarded by the authorities and has not missed a Saturday evening in seven and a half years. Hope's winter weekend nightshelter, WHAM (Winter Homeless Accommodation in Macclesfield!) was implemented in the winter of 2014/15.
Hope in North East Cheshire is an innovative and growing ministry - what is your latest project?
We are blessed to have so many committed Church Leaders who meet regularly, strengthening their personal relationships and discussing what the 4,000 or so people who attend the Churches could do together. The most recent social action initiatives are Macclesfield Community Kitchen and Project Grow, an integrated surplus (free!) food collection and distribution service, implemented by Cre8 Macclesfield!
Well done and thank you on behalf of the wider CNI Network family Pip Moscrop BEM for all you have done and will do in the future with the church community towards making Macclesfield a better place to live, work and socialise. Any final comments?
My wonderful award is recognition of this amazing journey and all those who have contributed to it!
Scarborough Street, Youth and Community Angels held an annual Christmas celebration with volunteers and guests including police, the Mayor of Scarborough and Paul and Katie from CNI Network. The evening included carols, drama, talks from some of the guests and refreshments.
A quote from Chief Inspector Jez Taylor of Macclesfield Police about the Macclesfield Street Angels:
"As the Chief Inspector in charge of policing in Macclesfield, I just want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU. I have been involved in policing in and around Macclesfield for the past 15 years or so and I have seen first-hand the impact your work has on the town centre at night. You give up your time through all weathers and at times of the night that some people don’t know exists, to make our town a safer place."
A new ministry based from a double decker bus in Dewsbury has been officially declared open for passengers by Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs.
On Wednesday December 4 the Bishop joined the team running the new ministry, Destination 211, for worship and prayer on the bus before the first after school session began.
Dewsbury Team Parish and Dewsbury Church of the Nazarene have set up a partnership with the Christian Nightlife Initiatives to form the ministry.
Their vision is to use the bus in order to build up community, to reach out to people on housing estates with the good news of Jesus whilst offering practical support, such as access to food banks and Christians Against Poverty.
Revd Neil Walpole, who heads up the project, said: “This is a really exciting ministry, with over twenty people from different churches in Dewsbury taking a part in different ways as we reach out with the love of Jesus through our words and action.”
The bus opens to the public in time for the end of Orchard Primary School’s day, when it becomes a drop in for parents and their children who are served with cake and drinks.
The drop-in session includes a Bible story and craft, some games and songs.
In the New Year the ministry will also begin outreach to young people with the aim of starting a youth church on the bus.
The ministry has already been active, with a light party held on Halloween and a presence at the Christmas light switch on in Dewsbury, where hundreds of people enjoyed Christmas crafts.
Bishop Jonathan said: “It was a real joy to be with Neil Walpole and the rest of the team in Chickenley for the official opening of the Destination 211 Bus.
“This is a fantastic new ministry among the children and young people in a community that faces many challenges – taking the Christian message out from the church and onto the streets – quite literally!
“Christians from a number of churches in Dewsbury have come together to purchase and kit out the bus as a brilliant venue for children and families to meet, eat, have fun and learn more about the love of Jesus Christ.
“It was a very cold afternoon but we were well fed and warmed with hot tea, hot dogs and seemingly endless cakes.
“Huge congratulations and very best wishes to everyone for the future of this very exciting project.”
Huddersfield Street Angels are part of a campaign to keep people safe over Christmas - read the article here.
In the summer of 2009 Newquay's image was in tatters. The town was known as a hardcore party resort where anything went. Thousands of teenagers made post-exam pilgrimages to the Cornish coast to drink until they passed out, while gangs of stags and hens marauded through the streets, making the town a no-go area after dark for families and couples.
Then two teenagers died falling from cliffs, while a third was seriously injured - all in the space of a few days. Suddenly time was up on Newquay's days of dangerous debauchery.
"I can't describe what it was like when the under-18s were coming," says Tracy Earnshaw, who was involved in campaigning to change the culture of the resort.
"Indecent exposure was the norm. You used to ring Newquay police and not get much response."
In 2009, Tracy lived with her young family in Newquay town centre. Life was pretty tough - they struggled to sleep at night due to the noise, were only able to drive "bangers" because of the number of times wing mirrors and wipers were snapped off, and were trying desperately to sell up and move away.
Her campaigning took up a lot of time.
"My focus was mostly the underage drinking and lap-dancing clubs which contributed to the antisocial behaviour," she says."They were just all feeding on one another and people were not being held accountable. There was a lot of vested interests and a lot of turning a blind eye."
Now she is pleased nobody wanted to buy her home and is glad she still lives in the town. She becomes emotional talking about how things have changed.
"It has been quite a phenomenal change, actually," she says.
"The less stag groups that came, the less anti-social behaviour there was. You stopped finding knickers in your front garden."
In the immediate aftermath of the deaths in July 2009, residents like Tracy rose up and marched on Newquay Town and Cornwall councils, demanding an end to the permissive culture in the town.
Soon measures were brought in to try to ensure young people's safety. Newquay Safe - an award-winning partnership between the council, police and about 20 other agencies - was set up and schemes like a bar crawl code of conduct, Challenge 25 and alcohol-free under-18s club nights all aimed to tackle the resort's problems.
At the time, Insp Dave Meredith was relatively new to the top policing job in Newquay. Tracy says Insp Meredith, who is retiring at the end of the month, was "instrumental" in changing the culture of the town.
"He didn't really care who he upset by simply doing his job," she says.
"I would say he was the first person who actually looked at the problem and decided something should happen.
He wasn't shy about going into licensed premises and saying 'what is going on here?'"
Insp Meredith says Newquay is "absolutely a different place" today.
"It was sort of a Wild West town back then," he says.
"It was just power drinking and fighting and all that… I knew it was going to be a really challenging job. It is great that we have moved forward in 10 years from something that was causing concern to a lot of people. It was 10 years or so of hard work."
He describes himself as "very forthright" and says he was an advocate of "robust" action.
He says one thing he looked at was the town's lap-dancing clubs. He found there was "compelling evidence showing issues with them".
"That is why we decided to take them to licensing review," he says. "I think Newquay is a far safer place with the closure of these lap-dancing clubs."
This summer for the first time in many years Newquay's nightclubs and campsites did not run any dry nights for under-18s because there were no longer enough coming to make it worthwhile.
Insp Meredith says there is now a "very robust policy making sure that under-18s don't go into pubs and clubs". He says they work very closely with the licensees.
"They realise it is not worth risking their business by letting these people in," he says. "These days we don't have a real problem with underage drinking."
Another change has been what is acceptable for people to wear while out drinking in Newquay.
A mankini ban has been credited with helping to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. Insp Meredith says this was never a police initiative but rather the venues banding together and deciding they no longer wanted customers dressed in that way.
Inflatable genitalia and T-shirts bearing offensive slogans were also prohibited in a code of conduct for the Newquay Pubwatch scheme, meaning people wearing or carrying such items would not get into venues signed up to it.
Robin Jones is one of the faces of the new Newquay - a town of upmarket cafes, wine bars and yoga studios. He owns a wine and tapas bar and says life and holidays here have become more family-orientated.
Robin says he would not have wanted to live in Newquay in 2009 but moved to the town seven years ago and loves it.
"It is such a beautiful place around the beaches and the coastline," he says. "I think it was massively let down by the town identity and the culture that went with it. House prices have risen dramatically and I think that is attracting a different sort of person to the town. There happened to be three wine bars all started up about the same time three years ago."
He says he thinks their success is down to Newquay's new clientele wanting somewhere a bit more upmarket.
The entrepreneur says there are fewer stag and hen dos now and those that do come and dress up tend to get turned away. "A lot of the businesses won't let them in any more," he says. "I feel a bit sorry for them because they are walking around with nowhere to go to.
"All the people that come in the bar say what a different town it is and how much nicer and calmer it is."
Tourism data from Visit Britain shows Newquay does not appear to have suffered a big drop in visitor numbers since the changes. The tourism survey indicates there were 526,000 visits to the town in 2009 and 441,000 in 2010. Between 2016 and 2018 there was an average of 487,000 visits each year.
Debbie Anderson-Jones has also noticed how much calmer Newquay is. She started volunteering as a street pastor a decade ago and has seen the worst the nightlife had to offer.
The street pastor scheme has now ended and these days she runs Pirans Angels, which offers a similar service on a reduced number of nights.
Of the drinking culture, she says: "It started on a Saturday afternoon and [you used to think] if we are going to town we have got to get in and out before they start... by 10pm people were like 'you need to get off the streets because all hell will break loose'."
She says they are now seeing far fewer people on the streets who have made themselves vulnerable through drink, and anyone who causes trouble is effectively instantly banned from all the other venues.
"If someone is difficult in one club, door staff and the cameras work together to identify that person and that group and relay that message to every pub and restaurant," she says. "If you are kicked out of one place you are not getting in anywhere. We will say to them 'I just heard what you did, you are all on CCTV, you might as well go home now'."
Debbie says the stag groups that still come are different from their predecessors and seem to want to do other activities as well as drinking.
As for Tracy, she says her life has completely changed.
Recounting incidents of being flashed at and meeting a 15-year-old girl wandering the streets after being raped, she says she can't quite believe how much is different, and credits the change to the right people being in the right places at the right time.
"I think a lot of people will forever be grateful to Dave Meredith because he made a difference," she says.
"These kids who were 15 and 16 were here to get hammered without any accountability... it was grim and we were made to feel guilty if you had a problem with it.
"You had to be really resilient. We always knew we were right and what was happening was wrong. It was unacceptable and actually it was against the law."
An empty city-centre shop has been transformed into a pop-up safety shop for one day only by Humberside Police.
The force has teamed up with Trinity Street Angels, Renew and Safer Roads Humber to bring the first of three Hull City Centre Safety Group Christmas Pop-up events.
The series of events has been launched by the new City Partnership team which aims to rid the city centre of its anti social behaviour issues.
The team is run by Chief Superintendent Darren Downs - who is responsible for policing across Humberside Police's north bank.
it will include representatives from police, British Transport Police, Transpennine Express, Hull City Council, Hull Bid and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with local traders and homeless charities also invited.
Wednesday's pop up event is being held until 3pm in the empty retail unit 23 - formerly Card Market - adjacent to Car Phone Warehouse on King Edward Street and focuses on the theme of "socialising safely."
The team will also host a second event on Wednesday, December 11 at Hull Paragon Interchange.
Chief Superintendent Darren Downs said: "This event is one of a number of pop-up events designed by our city centre working group.
"We wanted to educate communities about protecting themselves and not making themselves vulnerable during the festive period.
"The event is for the community, but also for businesses and we will be talking to them about some of the challenges they face."
Renew are promoting mocktails and encouraging responsible drinking,. while Safer Roads Humber are highlighting the dangers of drink driving.
Trinity Street Angels will be there to promote their work and offer advice, including how to get home, based on experience of supporting vulnerable people in the nighttime economy.
Humberside Police are promoting personal safety crime prevention and staff from British Transport Police will also be there.
Latest news from CNI Network including #GivingTuesday2019 and #UKCharityWeek
As part of #UKCharityWeek we are hoping to increase the amount of regular givers to CNI Network so we can continue in our mission of giving support, resources, celebrating and marketing the work of local projects and delivering initiatives such as Festival Angels. Please would you consider giving a small amount each month to support our work - our bank details are below to set up a monthly donation. If all those who read our newsletter and followed us on social media gave £2 a month it would cover all our monthly core costs and allow us to grow. Many thanks.
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Friday saw the five CNI Network projects in Cleveland celebrate 10 years of work in the Cleveland area. Throughout the evening we heard from each of the five projects who shared about how they were set up; told stories from patrols over the years; and about ways they have developed the work they are involved in. Steve Sutton from 'Transforming Teeside Together' encouraged the volunteers to be salt and light in the communities and for the people they serve. Paul and Jean Blakey on behalf of CNI Network, presented Steve Brock with a vase to honour and thank him for the 10 years he has invested to CNI Network nationally and regionally. We also enjoyed Christmas Carols with the help of the Salvation Army band. The evening ended with cutting a cake which had landmarks from the 5 towns - Guisborough, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton - as well as a scene of Street Angels helping a young lady.
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