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Big Society Award-winning street volunteers set for major conference

Volunteers from more than 100 Street Angels projects across the UK will be addressed by top speakers at the Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network national conference in August ...

The event from 30 August until 1 September aims to bring together volunteers and leaders from across the UK who contribute to safe communities within the night-time economy.

Workshops will cover a wide range of topics relevant to work on the streets including: counter terrorism; supporting men to break free and stay free from addiction to pornography; trafficking and street grooming; churches working together; working with Police and local authorities; and the launch of an alcohol and safety education pack.

Speakers include: Debra Green OBE – founder of Redeeming Our Communities; broadcaster and author Gerald Coates; executive director of HOPE Together Roy Crowne; DC Thomas Spencer of Counter Terrorism Police; and founder of anti-traffiking charity CALLA Tam Sheen.  

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby,  commented, "I am delighted to send you my good wishes as you prepare for the CNI Network National Conference 2013. The witness of Christians through work in night-time projects brings Jesus’ own ministry of welcome to our streets and I am immensely grateful for the difference you make to the lives of vulnerable people. My prayers are with you, that you and all who serve in this way may be strengthened through faith and may bring God’s love to those you meet.”

Paul Blakey MBE, founder of Street Angels – CNI Network, comments, "It is great when people from local projects get together to share ideas, resources and stories of how communities are changing. This weekend will be a fantastic time of relaxing, networking, having fun and learning and I encourage people to get booked in."

Street Angels - CNI Network were 2012 winners of the Big Society Award and part of the conference is sponsored by Diageo. Local projects have made significant contributions to reduction in violent crime, anti-social behaviour and sexual assaults within the night-time economy with the national CNI Network supporting and resourcing the local work.

The conference starts on Friday 30 August and is to be held at the Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry. Booking information is available at or from Paul Blakey on 07725 501465.

Pictured above: top right: Maidenhead Street Angels; above left: Leeds Club Angels

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