Hindley Street Program Volunteers
Green Team Hindley Street is an amazing way to live out your faith, in a way that is engaging, relevant and appreciated. The novelty wears off pretty quick at 4 o’clock in the morning, but it’s the sort of thing you do if you’re looking for a way to live out your faith in a way that is practical and to be Jesus in a situation that is not easy going.” – Damian, Volunteer Team Leader
Every Saturday night, Encounter Youth commission street teams of Green Team volunteers to serve on Adelaide’s main nightclub precinct, known as Hindley Street. Two teams of four volunteers patrol Hindley Street on foot, between King William Street and Morphett Street from the hours of 11:30pm to 5:00am.
We support young people in vulnerable situations due to excessive alcohol consumption, providing a responsible presence to the area, responding to many incidents where young people require further emergency service assistance.
We’re there to encourage young people to drink a little less and look after themselves and their mates. We believe this produces a higher presence of responsible patrons and observers on the street, giving a greater surveillance of the area and increased perception of safety.
There was one guy who was pretty sick. He couldn’t really talk to us much, he was pretty intoxicated and vomiting everywhere. We were able to help him out, give him water and a vomit bag and help him get into a taxi so that he could get home safe.” – Christy, Volunteer Team Leader
This is a completely unique missional environment. Our work can be confronting and we engage on the frontline of key issues facing our society. It is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the community and engage with some of our city’s most lost and lonely.
Highlight of last night: watching one of my team members wiping vomit off some girl’s face, while the girl was crying on her shoulder simultaneously thanking her and apologising. Was one of the most Jesus-imitating things I’ve seen in my life, because what better way is there to sum up what Jesus does for us?” – Damian, Volunteer Team Leader