Helping at-risk people
Each Friday and Saturday night from 10pm – 3am, Salvos volunteers will reach out to young and at-risk people by supplying them with lollipops, water, or even thongs if they have lost their shoes.
The program is a collaboration between the Salvos, Tasmania Police and Hobart City Council to improve safety on the streets and help intoxicated and vulnerable people.
To do this we’ll also provide a ‘chill out safe space’, assistance to reach a secure taxi rank or help people gain a safe ride home.
Social Programme Secretary for The Salvation Army Tasmania, Stuart Foster, says the program has been successful in both Melbourne and Perth and hopes it will achieve the same benefits in Hobart.
“The group of dedicated volunteers wear fluorescent branded vests and can be easily recognised by the public. The program is about young people positively engaging with other young people, assisting in reuniting them with their friends and getting them home safely.”
A ‘sobering up’ unit will be available at the Salvation Army’s Bridge Centre if patrons are too intoxicated to look after themselves.
Volunteers will also serve free tea and coffee from a coffee cart set up near the Esplanade taxi rank to encourage drivers and patrons to use the rank, as opposed to hailing taxis in undesignated areas
For information about how you can join the team of trained volunteers call 03 6278 8140.