Safe Space program

Safe Space program

Sydney’s youth safer for longer on city streets

The program has helped more than 5,000 young people avoid the risk of late night alcohol-related violence in the city centre. Now it has been extended into Kings Cross.

Take Kare Ambassadors

The Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassador Program is an initiative of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation and is operated by St John NSW. The program commenced as a 12 week pilot in December 2014 and was active between 10pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights at Sydney Square next to Sydney Town Hall, to help vulnerable young people who may be intoxicated or affected by alcohol or drugs.

The City provided funding for the pilot and due to its success, funding was extended until the end of May 2015. On 27 April, Council approved a total cash grant of $320,000 for program delivery year-round for the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years, and to expand the program into Kings Cross.

During the 12-week trial period more than 1,800 people were helped. You can read more about the trial in the evaluation report.

The spaces at Sydney Square, beside Town Hall and in Bayswater Road, Kings Cross run from 10pm to 4am and are staffed with teams of specially trained volunteers, known as Take Kare Ambassadors.

The ambassadors’ role is to offer support and practical advice, from providing water to help people sober up, to organising transport home or phoning a friend or family member. 

Teams of Take Kare Ambassadors also patrol the CBD and Kings Cross entertainment precincts to offer help or refer people to the Safe Space and work closely with NSW Police and the City of Sydney’s CCTV operators to identify people who need help or are vulnerable to crime.

Whether it’s handing out a bottle of water and a pair of thongs, helping someone reconnect with their friends, or ensuring they can access public transport to get home safely, the Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassadors play a vital role in helping young people stay safe when they're out and about late at night.

The Safe Space is one of several City of Sydney initiatives to make the city a safer place for people to enjoy at night.

For more information on how you can volunteer and get involved with the Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassador Program, please visit the Take Kare Facebook page.

Last updated: Monday, 25 July 2016