Street Guardians is back - a positive approach to addressing begging in the city centre
Last year we announced that we’d be bringing back the Street Guardians programme in the new year and we’re pleased to confirm it’s underway again.
If you're not familiar with it, Street Guardians is our positive approach to addressing begging in the city centre. It gives members of the city centre street community a weekly opportunity to spend the day undertaking activities with community organisations - and off the streets.
During the six-week pilot which kicked off in October 2018, Street Guardians participants helped clean beaches, build planter boxes, fix bikes and plant trees. The pilot was incredibly well received by both the participants and the community organisations involved - the video above gives a sense of the impact a programme like this has on the community.
After bringing it back this year, we're already hearing good feedback. One of the organisations with good things to say is the Tipping Point, a zero-waste recycling centre in Henderson which has been involved with Street Guardians since its inception. Street Guardians participants have been cleaning the store, fixing the bikes and helping out with upcycling projects among other tasks.
"We are consistently impressed with the team...the store looked remarkable by the end of the day. Customers and staff were all giving positive feedback. Thanks again for your help with this program, we are big fans." - The Tipping Point
It's especially great to see the programme establishing a reputation within the wider community and the organisations involved.
Want to get involved?
If you’re interested in finding out more or being part of Street Guardians, please email Tania Loveridge or call her on (09) 379 8000.