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Paul Blakey MBE is the founder of Halifax Street Angels, the International CNI Network, author, broadcaster, communicator and popular speaker.
Paul and his wife Jean launched Halifax Street Angels in November 2005 a project which, with the help of an amazing team of volunteers, has made a massive difference in Halifax and over one hundred and thirty towns and cities across the UK and beyond. Street Angels has contributed to a reduction in violent crime and sexual assaults in many of the towns where the scheme operates and has contributed to a national annual reduction in alcohol related violence and A&E admissions. Because of Paul's contribution to community safety in Calderdale he was awarded a MBE (Most Excellent Member of the British Empire) in the New Years Honours 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen.
To accommodate the expansion of work within the night-time economy Paul and Jean founded the Christian Nightlife Initiatives (CNI) Network in July 2008. CNI Network acts as an umbrella organisation which supports, resources and celebrated the work of over one hundred and thirty local projects in towns and cities in the UK and overseas. This initiative has won support of many leading church leaders, denominations and organisations and in 2012 was awarded the Big Society Award from the Prime Minister. CNI Network is a leading voice for faith based projects working within the night-time economy. More information is at www.cninetwork.org.uk.
Paul has an interest in the media and sees that as Christians we should be making the news not just watching the news! He features regularly on BBC, Premier Radio, UCB and has a portfolio of TV, radio and newspaper interviews. Paul is regularly found on social media and can deliver training and support to help organisations to get the most from this.
Paul is an International Speaker and Communicator who has spoken to over 40,000 people over the last decade. He regularly shares the story of Street Angels to ladies groups, church groups, after-dinner, Rotary clubs, etc and is also able to deliver motivational talks within a church setting or within a workshop context. Paul is also to help churches, community groups and local statutory agencies to explore new ways of meeting local needs.
Paul is an author and has written the book "Street Angels - the amazing story from binge to better" which has sold over 2000 copies.
Paul set up Love Your Streets and #Do1NiceThing as a way of promoting community social action.
Paul became a Christian in 1989 and believes in the regeneration of our nation through faith and action. Paul is chair of trustees of Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools (CICS), an Associate for Faith In Society, an Ambassador for ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) and part of the Council of Reference for HOPE Community. Paul and Jean are members of The King's Church in Halifax.
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