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Barrow Street Angels - Info & Sharing evening with Founder Paul Blakey MBE
Thu 4 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
We would like to invite you to an evening of information sharing and exploration for a proposed set up of Street Angels in Barrow. This is an exciting new initiative; many similar projects happen across Cumbria with great results working in partnership to develop stronger community cohesion/resilience.
Over the last few months, there have been a number of conversations that have taken place around the idea of setting up Street Angels in Barrow. These conversations have taken place with the, Police Superintendent Rob O’ Connor, Rev Sophie Carnaby (Police Chaplain), church leaders, Paul Blakey MBE (founder of Street Angels) and myself. We would like to welcome you to join in as we continue these conversations, and reflect about this opportunity. Why not come along to find out more about Street Angels, add to the conversation and get involved?
Thursday 4th May, 7pm at Barrow Police Station, Andrews Way, Barrow in Furness.
If you plan to attend you MUST register through this link
Street Angels are safe people who patrol a community hub (typically town and city centres) on busy nights, generally Friday and Saturday 9pm - 3am. Several Street Angels projects also provide a safe place drop-in for people who are or may become vulnerable. There are several projects using the Street Angels model with different names - e.g. Town Pastors, Street Chaplains, Street Lights, etc. There are 130 projects within the CNI Network  family, working on the streets, in clubs, at festivals, etc.
Street Angels is an exciting ministry. It shows that the church cares about the community it serves and about the problems associated with the night-time economy as so many of our town and city centres change character on weekend nights. Street Angels is about offering safe people and a safe place within this culture. We want the town of Barrow to continue to have a thriving night-time economy and for people to enjoy their night out, but also to stay safe and be responsible. Therefore, we would want to support the police and businesses in the town at peak times each month to show that the church cares about its community.
The evening will be hosted by Rev Sophie Carnaby & myself but will also include various people presenting;
- Presentation 1: Challenges within the night time economy in Barrow - Superintendent Rob O’ Connor & Inspector Gareth Jesson
- Presentation 2: Impact of Street Angels across the UK – Paul Blakey MBE
- Presentation 3: What do we need to make this happen? – Rev Sophie Carnaby/ Rev Jonny Gios
- Questions from the floor and expression of interest
Volunteers can be of any faith or none, but must aspire to our core values of selflessness, being non-judgemental, honesty, integrity, professionalism, excellence, collaboration and partnership.
This project can only happen if its supported by a number of churches/individuals who would like to invest their time and energy to support this project. If you’re interested in attending, please register your attendance with the above link.
We look forward to welcoming you to our information & exploring together evening.
Rev Jonny Gios ( Hope Community)
Rev Sophie Carnaby (Police Chaplain)
Superintendent Rob O’ Connor