CNI Network - Christian Nightlife Initiatives
CNI Network is an umbrella organisation supporting, resourcing and celebrating over one hundred local projects within the night-time economy. These local projects contribute to reduction in violent crime, anti-social behaviour and sexual assaults. Projects under the CNI umbrella include Street Angels, Street Pastors, NightLight, Street Chaplains, Youth Angels, Club Angels and Love Your Streets.
In November 2005, Street Angels first launched in Halifax, as a response by Churches Together and YMCA in the town to the problems around the nightlife. Violence, sexual assaults, underage and binge drinking meant the town was a no-go area for many people. The project went from idea to reality in just over two weeks and had the full support of the town centre’s Police.
In 2008 the idea of establishing a UK Network of night-time projects began to be realised with the launch of
CNI Network - Christian Nightlife Initiatives. Through the guidance and vision of CNI founder Paul Blakey MBE, Street Angels and the Street Pastor movement have widened and grown throughout Britain and overseas. Currently the CNI Network comprises 127 local projects.
In the wider local area Guildford, Camberley, Fleet, Reading, Sutton, Reigate, Dorking, Basingstoke, Redhill, Staines, Epsom, Hillingdon, Windsor, Aldershot, Watford and Maidenhead have set up their own Street Angels or Street Pastors teams.
A 2015 report showed that alcohol-related violence and alcohol-related A&E admissions are reducing year on year in the UK, indicating that Street Angels are playing an important part in helping to change a culture in the UK.