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Sydney and Kings Cross Take Kare Safe Space


Operating every Friday and Saturday night at Sydney Town Hall Square and Kings Cross.

Take Kare Safe Space is operated by the St John Ambulance and the Take Kare Ambassadors are there to improve safety on Sydney’s streets. The trial project (launched on 5th December 2014) has now been expanded to continue for 3 years (30th June 2018) with the support of the following partners:


City of Sydney | Macquarie Group Foundation | Crown Resorts Foundation  |
NSW State Government
 Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation | St John Ambulance


Safe Space video by the City Of Sydney

Ch 9 A Current Affair New Years Eve 2014

Take Kare Safe Space Details:

Locations: Sydney Square Town Hall Square and Bayswater Road, Kings Cross

When: Friday and Saturday - 10pm to 4am plus New Year's Eve

Take Kare Ambassadors: In teams of 3 or 4 will be around the city and Kings Cross precinct to provide on-the-spot assistance to young people.

Providing support to young people who are out and about in the city. Whether it’s helping someone get to public transport or reconnecting them with their friends, or handing out bottles of water the Take Kare Ambassadors will be helping young people get home safely. 

Take Kare Safe Space provides somewhere where young people can rest their feet, get rehydrated, charge their phones, get first aid, find transport home or wait for friends.

Take Kare Safe Space will operate in partnership with the local community working together with a combined aim "to get all our children home safely" - Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, NSW Police, St Vincent’s Hospital, Dpt of Transport, Dpt of Health, Dpt of Justice, St John Ambulance, local community groups, business owners, support from the pubs and clubs and other service providers. 

30 weeks accumulative Safe Space report. Click to read
July - September Safe Space Report 2015. Click to read
October - December Report 2015. Click to read
NYE Report 2015. Click to read

Reports and Press:

Safe Space Media Release 5th Dec. 2014. Click to read
Safe Space Media Release 10th Aug. 2015. Click to read
Evaluation report (City of Sydney - April 2015). Click to read

University of New South Wales Australia (UNSW), through its National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) will be undertaking a 3-year evaluation of the Safe Space and Take Kare Ambassador Program through a proposed economic evaluation of the costs and benefits of the Safe Space initiative.  This evaluation requires obtaining three sets of data, each of which would be converted into monetary terms.

(i)       The cost of providing Safe Spaces,

(ii)      Estimating the direct benefits of Safe Spaces,

Estimating the value that the community places on having Safe Spaces available for young people.