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​Safe Space launch

The Sydney CBD is now a safer place following the launch of a new trial aimed at providing free support and advice to young people affected by drugs and alcohol.

Safe Space, which began operating in early December, is a joint partnership between the Department of Justice, City of Sydney, the Salvation Army and the Thomas Kelly Foundation.

The NSW Government has invested $30,000 to support the trial as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce alcohol related violence in the CBD and to help young people get home safely after a night out.

Safe Space is located in Sydney Square next to Town Hall and will operate every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm-4am until the end of February.

A team of specially trained Salvation Army volunteers, Take Kare Ambassadors, will be on hand 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.

Ambassadors will also patrol the entertainment precincts to offer help or refer people to Safe Space. They will also work closely with the NSW Police and the City of Sydney’s CCTV operators to identify people who are in need of assistance or vulnerable to crime.

The program will play an important role in helping young people make healthier choices, reduce public intoxication and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

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