Volunteer On Hindley?
Encounter Youth Green Team on Hindley Street
The Hindley Street Program offers a unique missional opportunity for volunteers from churches across Adelaide. How so?
It’s an opportunity to serve in a frontline ministry situation.
Yes, on the streets … where we can model the servant heart and hands of Jesus to people who find themselves in compromising and challenging situations.
Plus, it’s an opportunity to be part of the Church in our city in action.
Yes, we live out our faith in the city of Adelaide, carrying out acts of service and good deeds.
Where does all this happen?
As you may know, Hindley Street is a popular celebration area in the city of Adelaide, consisting of numerous bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues, many of which hold 24-hour liquor licenses. These venues have a combined maximum capacity of approximately 17,000 people. As evident by the consistent media coverage, there is a concerning number of alcohol-related problems which impact public safety in Hindley Street.
By invitation from South Australia Police, Encounter Youth launched the Hindley Street Program in August 2011. Today, the Hindley Street Program is supported by the South Australian Government through the Attorney-General’s Department and SA Police, as part of their crime prevention strategies.
Volunteering on 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
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
Every Saturday night in the Hindley Street entertainment precinct, between 11:30pm and 5:00am, a group of Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers patrol the area offering a safe presence to young people. In addition to this, we also refer to relevant services, give out free water, and remain vigilant in making themselves available to Hindley Street patrons — from providing support to those in distress, to hanging out with those who want to chat.
As mentioned, this is a completely unique missional environment. Our work can be confronting as we engage on the frontline of key issues facing our society. It certainly requires faith, courage and a willingness to sacrificially serve.
The Hindley Street Program is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the community and engage with some of our city’s most lost and lonely.
Interested but a little fuzzy on the details? This may help…
How often you volunteer is up to you! Some people choose to go out a couple of times a month where others prefer once a term. We send out a survey once a quarter for you to let us know when you’re available. If you want a break from volunteering at any time—that is okay!
You will receive full training before heading out onto Hindley Street, as well as further training opportunities throughout the year. All volunteers are required to provide Encounter Youth with a current Criminal History Document before you head out on the street.
Encounter Youth commissions two teams of four volunteers every Saturday night between 11:00pm–5:00am. Each team consists of a trained Team Leader who offers support, manages the team and oversees the safety of the volunteers.
Yes! Once a month we send out a ‘A Lighter Night’ Photobooth team!
Photobooth shifts are shorter and earlier. They’re usually 8.45pm–1.45am.
No. We welcome individual volunteers signing up. It is a great way to meet new people and you could pioneer a team from your church!
That’s up to you! We ask that you sign up for one year, and re-apply each year you wish to remain a part of the program.
Good question! Click the link below to register your interest in volunteering on Hindley Street and we’ll be in touch!
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