Safe Space program

Safe Space program

Sydney’s youth safer for longer on city streets

The program has helped more than 20,000 young people avoid the risk of late night alcohol-related violence in the city centre. Now it has been extended into Darling Harbour.

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. 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 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. St John NSW have since secured additional other funding and now operate in Darling Harbour.

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

Teams of Take Kare Ambassadors also patrol each entertainment precinct to offer help or refer people to the Safe Space, and work closely with NSW Police, Darling Harbour rangers, and the City of Sydney’s CCTV operators to identify people who need help or are vulnerable to crime. 

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: Thursday, 18 May 2017