Paul has recently had his book "Street Angels - the amazing story from binge to better" published.
This book tells the incredible growth from a simple idea in Halifax to one that is impacting communities across the UK, Spain and beyond.
Find out more and purchase your copy at www.sa-cni.org.uk/book
Book Paul for a talk (after-dinner, church, men/ladies group, etc) - 07725501465
Paul and Jean head up the work of CNI Network which supports 130 local projects - click here or the logo for the CNI website.
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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 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. 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 and Jean also 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 also chair of trustees of Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools (CICS). Paul and Jean are members of The King's Church in Halifax.
Jean Blakey is from Northern Ireland and moved to Halifax in 2000. Since meeting in 2004 and marrying in 2006, Jean and Paul have developed a joint ministry with Jean providing much needed support for Paul.
Jean has a huge heart for other people and often offers prayer, words of support and encouragement. She has an amazing gift of hospitality and has hosted guest ministers from around the world. Jean works alongside Paul on CNI Network.
Paul and Jean have ministered together across the UK, Brazil, Italy and Spain.