Street ambassadors back for summer

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Guardian angels in hi-viz gear will be back on the beat, strolling the dark streets of Nelson once again.

The street ambassadors will be supporting a safer environment at the region’s popular night spots and events across the region this summer.

Youth workers from Youth and Community Works will be present at events and working within the CBD areas.

The ambassadors all receive training in youth work, de-escalation of aggression, and first aid. They work in pairs throughout the weekend nights, delivering safety messages, offering advice and assistance when needed and intervening when they spot potentially dangerous situations.

Funded by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council, the teams also work closely with the Police, Nelson Community Patrol and Maori Wardens.

The work will include 33 nights across Nelson including most Friday and Saturday nights, New Year’s Eve and other events.

Nelson City Council’s Chair of Community Services, Gaile Noonan, says the street ambassadors are an important part of creating a friendly, safe environment in our city.

“I’m pleased to see Council bringing this initiative back to Nelson this summer. Council has been involved in delivering this service since 2004 and our street ambassadors help to make Nelson a safer, more-friendly place to be.”

In Tasman, the ambassadors will be at the Motueka Starlight Parade and also Kaiteriteri on New Year’s Eve, as well as some Friday and Saturday evenings across the Motueka and Richmond.

“It’s about having a friendly face on the streets and helping visitors and residents,” says Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

The aim is to ensure an energetic, vibrant and safe summer for everyone, and encourage more people to get out and enjoy our great region.