Coffee cart a real pick-me-up for Salvos’ Street Teams

REVELLERS at the Hobart Waterfront during the Christmas and New Year holiday period had a brand-new place to turn in their time of need, thanks to a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The Salvation Army’s Street Teams project has supported people on weekends in the Hobart entertainment precinct since 2015, providing assistance to those who may be lost, intoxicated, injured, disorientated or needing emotional support.

But the Street Teams coffee cart trailer, which provides hot drinks, a safe place and support for patrons during nights out, was in desperate need of replacement to ensure the program could continue.

Late last year a Community Action Grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund made the construction of a new purpose-built coffee cart trailer possible.

“The new trailer enables our volunteers to provide hot drinks, cover from inclement weather and a safe place for people to seek assistance,” The Salvation Army Tasmania’s Amelia Natoli said.

Street Teams volunteers work closely with authorities to help reduce violence and other anti-social behaviour in and around Salamanca between 10.30pm and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Research has shown a 53 per cent decrease in late-night street violence and anti-social behaviour in the precinct when the Street Team is working.

Tasmanian Community Fund chair Sally Darke said the reduction in anti-social behaviour benefits everyone utilising Salamanca on Friday and Saturday nights.

“At the Fund we are committed to vibrant and resilient communities that provide safe places for all,” she said.

“The Salvation Army volunteers who staff the coffee cart are a vital point of connection and safety for those who need help on the waterfront.

“The TCF thanks them and the members of their partner organisations for the work they do to support a more positive and vibrant community.”

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