Latest News from Aylesbury Town Chaplains
Healing On The Streets dates

Our Healing On The Streets team are out in Aylesbury town centre on the first Saturday of each month.  Usually they are located on the Upper High Street, near to the Royal British Legion Pop-In shop.  In the winter months they are there 12 to 2pm; in the lighter months 2pm to 4pm.
Dates for 2019 are: 2nd March, 6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November (in Kingsbury this month only) and 7 December.

#ThisIsSmee

Chaplains & Street Angels recently joined with hundreds of others from the local community, organisations and businesses to be part of a film promoting Aylesbury Waterside Theatre's panomime for December 2018. You can view it here 

Join in with a ROC Conversation

A ROC conversation is a structured community event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in the community and explore practical ways of doing more.  Members of the Chaplaincy are joining in with this, do come along if you can.
There's one in Aylesbury on Wed 10th October at 7pm.  Booking details here 

Fundraising Cyclothon

Thank you to the members of the RAF Halton Logistics Officer Training Course.  They spent a very hot day in July cycling the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats in Aylesbury, raising money for RAF100 Foundation and for our Street Angels.  Thank you to all involved and everyone who donated.

Data Privacy Notice

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2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available and can be viewed here

Read all about it!

Aylesbury Street Angels are featured in the March 2018 issue of Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Life.

Celebrating 5 Years in Aylesbury

On 2nd November we gathered in Friars Square to celebrate 5 years of Chaplains and Street Angels in Aylesbury.

This film was made on the night and includes contributions from our supporters, Superintendant Tim Metcalfe of Thames Valley Police, Paul Blakey, CEO of Christian Night-time Initiatives, our staff team and our main speaker, Michael Campbell, Lead Chaplain, Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy and Chair of the Alliance of Town & City Chaplaincies.

New Placements for Chaplains

During September, new placements will start within three organisations in Aylesbury.  Kane will become Chaplain to all at Aylesbury College.  Marlene will be at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, working in partnership with Bucks New University's Chaplaincy provision.  Alastair will be Chaplain to all at the Waterside Theatre.

Safe Night Out

Handy tips for a safe night out here!

2016's Highlights

We've just approved our 2016 Report & Accounts - read it here

Our highlights are shown in this 'infogram':

Prayer Walk October 2016

We're encouraging people to get out in Aylesbury on Sunday 9th October 2016 to pray for our town and for the work of the Chaplaincy.  This is a self-guided walk at a time to suit you.  Follow the link for the map with prayer notes. 

Click here for the map.

Highlights of 2015

We've recently published our Annual Report for 2015.  Here are some of the highlights:

Chaplains at AVDC & Bucks CC

We've recently been welcomed at the Bucks County Council offices in Aylesbury, and at Aylesbury Vale District Council's Gateway.  Adebola is the Chaplain at Bucks County Council and is available on a weekly basis to chat with staff and visitors and act as a listening ear.  Steve is the Chaplain at AVDC, again on a weekly basis.

In both places the Chaplains are settling in, getting to know people and learning more about the organisations.  Thank you to all involved at those Councils for welcoming us there.

Chaplain at Morrisons, Aylesbury

We have been delighted to work with Gill and the team at Morrisons, Aylesbury to offer a Chaplain to their staff and customers.  From the beginning of March 2016 Edna will be available at the store - one week in the cafe and one week in the staff canteen - to be a listening ear and friendly support to all who work or shop in the store.

Street Angels Rest launched

On Saturday 27th February our new 'safe place' was launched.  Once a month initially, we have the use of a van parked at the top of the Market Square.  It is manned by a team of Street Angels who will stay in that area, while another team patrol around the town centre as usual.  At the van people will be able to wait with our team for a lift or to meet up with friends or can be looked after by the Street Angels there.  The van will be equipped with all the usual stuff (flip flops, lollies, sick bags, space blankets) we use, but is a space to keep more supplies and additional items which may be useful to people.

We're really grateful to the Town Centre Manager, Diana Fawcett, for fulling supporting this initiative including arranging a grant from AVDC.  We have also been supported in this by Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Town Council and Bucks County Council as well as Aylesbury Vale Youth for Christ (for discounted van hire).  

Here are a couple of photos from our first night out 

Thank you for Recent Grant Awards

We found out earlier in December 2015 that we had been awarded two grants; one from Aylesbury Town Council's Grants Committee and the other from The Rothschild Foundation's Bucks Small Grants Programme.  Our staff and trustees thank all involved in both organisations for their support for our work in this way.

Magaluf Street Angels on Newsnight

On 31 July Street Angels in Magaluf featured on BBC's Newsnight programme.  You can watch the item on Youtube here 

Mix 96 Radio interview

Catherine & Mark were interviewed in summer 2015 about the work of the Chaplains.  Here they're speaking to Dan Gooding from Mix 96 about our Chaplains (copyright for this audio recording remains with Mix96).

2014 Annual Reports & Impact Report

Here are copies of our latest reports.

Annual Report

Impact Report

Choose 4 Greater Aylesbury

Updated 30 June 2015:
Thank you to everyone who took part - we were one of the top 3 and will receive a grant of £4000 towards our work.  Thank you to the Greater Aylesbury Local Area Forum and everyone involved.

Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy is one of 6 charities in this year's Choose4Greater Aylesbury Ballot.
If you live in one of these areas : Aylesbury town, Bierton, Broughton, Buckingham Park, Coldharbour/Fairford Leys, Hulcott, Quarrendon, Stoke Mandeville, Watermead & Weedon, you are eligible to vote.

Check it out at  www.choicely.co.uk/choose4greateraylesbury2015 or find the ballot papers & boxes at Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Library, Aylesbury Study Centre, Tesco Broadfield, Tesco Tring Rd,  Friars Square, Community Centres amongst others.

Impact Report

Read about the difference we've been making in Aylesbury... click here

Street Angels - from Binge To Better

We have copies of the book 'Street Angels - from binge to better' available for £8.  This tells the story of Street Angels across the country and includes chapters written by co-ordinators of projects including the Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy.  Please get in touch if you'd like to know more. Picture

Learning together

During the last couple of months we held a couple of training evenings.  Our volunteers have welcomed the opportunity to learn more which helps them as they serve the people of Aylesbury as Chaplains or Street Angels.

In January we welcomed Roger & Karen from HopeUK who ran an interactive and informative session about drugs awareness, and last week we welcomed (another) Karen from Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, and Paul & Jean Blakey from the national Christian Nighttime Initiative.  We heard about issues and help for people without a home in Aylesbury and also many inspiring stories of street angels and other similar projects across the UK.

More information about these organisations at www.hopeuk.orgwww.ahag.org.uk and www.sa-cni.org.uk.

Follow us on Twitter

Follow Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy on Twitter, @AylesburySA.  Click the link at the top of the page.

Celebrating with SA-CNI

During 2015 the Street Angels-Christian Night-time Initiative (SA-CNI) network will be celebrating 20:15:10 - 20 years of projects in Scotland, 15 years of projects in Northern Ireland and 10 years of projects in England. In October Mark & Catherine joined people from projects up and down the UK at a networking event in Lambeth Palace.  This marked the launch both of 20:15:10 and the 'Volunteers Are Amazing' Thank you booklets, which will be distributed to all the volunteers in SA-CNI network projects during 2015.

See more about this here 

Team Training 2014

On 18 October 2014 15 of our volunteers met together for a day's training in the peaceful location of Weedon Methodist Church.  Sessions included drug awareness, listening skills and working in a multi-faith society.  It was a really positive day and part of our ongoing programme of training for both Chaplains and Street Angels.  Thank you to all who helped make it happen.

BBC3 Counties Radio Big Tour

As part of their 'Big Tour' to locations across their region BBCThreeCounties radio was in Aylesbury on Friday 29th August.  Catherine Turnbull-Ross and Nicki (one of our Street Angels volunteers) were interviewed live during the programme and were able to explain about the work of Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy's Street Angels.

If you'd like to listen to it follow the link 

Police Property Act Fund 2014/15 allocation

A big thank you to the Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, and Chief Constable Sara Thornton.

Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy was successful in securing a grant of £1,650 which will help us support the work of  our Street Angels.  This is part of the annual awarding of funds from the Police Property Act Fund for 2014/15 administered by the PCC & the Chief Constable.  This year over 60 organisations across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire & Oxfordshire were supported in this way.

 

8 June 2014 - Celebration Service

Over 80 people came along to help us celebrate the work of our volunteer Chaplains & Street Angels.  They were able to hear from several speakers, including Andrew Blyth (our chair of trustees), Mark Knight (our chaplains & street angels co-ordinator), Paul Blakey (founder & CEO of SA-CNI), Krish Kandiah (Evangelical Allliance), Gill O'Toole (volunteer Street Angel) & Margaret Spry (volunteer Chaplain), about how this type of work makes a difference within our community and up and down the country. Many joined us afterwards for cake.

Here are some photos from the event (courtesy of Maurice Cousins & Catherine Turnbull-Ross)

 

Annual Report 2013

To read about all that we did during 2013 and what we hope for in 2014 please click here.
http://www.aylesburytownchaplaincy.co.uk/assets/pdf/Annual%20Report%202013final.pdf

Chaplain at Aylesbury College

With effect from March 2014 one of our volunteer Chaplains, Jenny, will be placed within Aylesbury College, one day a week.  She will be available to chat and be a friendly, confidential, listening ear to all students and staff there. This is a new venture between Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy and Aylesbury College and reflects a desire on both sides to build and support the community there.

New Year's Eve 2013

Two teams of Street Angels were out and about in Aylesbury on New Year's Eve,

providing practical help to those enjoying themselves, handing chocolates and enjoying the atmosphere as everyone welcomed in 2014.  

Grant awarded by Co-operative Community Fund

Thank you to the South Midlands Area Committee of the Co-operative Membership Community Fund.  They have awarded us a grant of over £1,000 to allow us to recruit, equip & train 10 new volunteers over the coming months.  This is much appreciated and will enable us to expand the coverage of both chaplains & street angels that we offer.  For more information about the fund see www.co-operative.coop/communityfund

Growing Together

On 25 November 2013 the Chaplaincy was one of many organisations invited to be part of 'Growing Together', Aylesbury Vale Local Strategic Partnership's  community cohesion networking and learning together event.  We heard from many groups from both the charity and local authority sectors who are working together within the Vale.  We were able to share the work of the Chaplaincy and show our short film about the work of the Chaplaincy for the first time.information stalls at the community cohesion day

Christmas Lights Switch-on

Some of our volunteers helped as stewards as Aylesbury's Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday 21st November 2013.  It was a great, happy evening and the lights and decorations give the town a really festive feel.

2 volunteers in Friars Square

Thank You to All Our Volunteers

The Trustees, Catherine & Mark recently welcomed many of our volunteers and family members to tea & cakes as a thank you for all they do during the year.  This was a great time for sharing stories and meeting each other (sometimes for the first time).  We're hoping to make this an annual event as our team continues to grow.

"Double" Street Angels

From  October 2013 we've had sufficient volunteers to be able to cover both a Friday & a Saturday night on at least one weekend a month.  Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for helping to make this happen.  Our next 'double' will be at the end of November.

Friends of the Chaplaincy Launched

At Church in the Park on Sunday 1st September 2013 the work of Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy was celebrated.  Many of our volunteers and trustees joined Mark and Catherine on the stage to share what has been happening and launch the Friends of Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy.
For more information on the Friends scheme contact us .

Grant from Aylesbury Town Council

We are extremely grateful to Aylesbury Town Council, who recently awarded us a grant.  This money will be used to equip our Street Angels enabling them to offer practical help to many more people.

(Photo: Belle Daytonn, Aylesbury Town Council)

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Localgiving.com

We now have a Local Giving web page. Thank you to Bucks Community Foundation for helping us with this. https://localgiving.com/aylesburytownchaplaincy

CNI Network

Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy is now part of the CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiative) network.  This was set up by Paul Blakey MBE the founder of Street Angels in Halifax; once this project started people wanted to find out more and a network was created to help to share ideas and experiences and support people in setting up their projects.   Find out more at www.sa-cni.org.uk.

Team Training Day

On 20th April, 12 people were able to join Mark & Catherine at the Team Training day.  We covered a lot of ground, including First Aid, Confidentiality and Keeping Safe on the Streets.  Thank you to everyone who prepared and led sessions.  We also enjoyed lunch together.  It was a great opportunity to meet each other, and plan to hold this at least once a year.  Our chairman, Andrew Blyth, closed the day with an overview of the the Chaplaincy and our vision & plans for the future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         .

Team Fellowship & Training Day

All our volunteers are invited to attend a team fellowship and refresher training day during April 2013. Our volunteer numbers have increased from 1 (in July 2012) to 18 (representing 11 of the town’s churches), and this is a great opportunity for us all to get to know one another, share experiences and knowledge.

Street Angels spread their wings

Since January, Street Angels have been out on the streets on some Saturday nights.  Following information and feedback from local police, doormen and others we were asked to consider going out on Saturday nights as well as or instead of Fridays, because these are much busier in Aylesbury.  At the moment we can cover one of these nights each weekend, but as the teams expand will be able to cover both.