Take 10

Take 10 logo (large version)

Take 10 is a late-night “safe zone” for vulnerable youth in Wellington’s entertainment district.

For those who may need a break from drinking, need help, or just want a break, we provide a safe place to “take 10”. They can hang out, have some water, charge their phone to stay in touch with friends and family, get medical help, refuge, and advice from our fully trained team leaders and volunteers. Our base is on Courtenay Place in the form of a mobile unit which can be used not only in central Wellington but also in the wider Wellington Region. 

How it works

Take 10 aims to:

  • reduce harm from alcohol and drugs
  • reduce demands on emergency services and local hosts

We keep our “safe zone” welcoming and non-judgmental, by:

  • always using positive language
  • greeting visitors with a smile, water, and lollies
  • providing a private space for those who need more attention

What makes Take 10 different?

  • Preventative – we catch people before they become victims by stopping them from becoming isolated, and helping to reconnect people.
  • Approach-able – people are often more willing to come to us than the police or emergency services
  • Safe – we give people a place to go where they can sober up, rather than putting themselves at risk

Want to help?

We’re looking for volunteers to come out on Saturday nights, hand out water, talk to people, and make the Take 10 area an inviting place to be. Interested? Click below, fill in your details and we’ll get back to you!

We are also always on the lookout for medics and registered youth workers to join us and help make a difference. If you’re qualified and interested, please contact us.

Testimonials

The Take 10 pilot outside of the St. James Theatre brought a positive atmosphere to the Wellington nightlife among Courtenay Place on Friday and Saturday nights. Staff were engaging and professional with the public, they made me feel welcome and always encouraged me to get involved handing out water or lollies. I would like to see Take 10 become a permanent fixture in Wellington.

Hamish Knight, Sergeant at Wellington Metro Police

We see this project making a significant contribution to the city’s approach to harm reduction as well as contributing to the city safety and community well being. Take 10 is a preventative initiative which reduces the impacts of alcohol harm by providing a safe and supportive space for vulnerable youth, people to take a break, rehydrate, charge cell phones and reconnect with friends. Wellington City Council is committed to continuing to partner with Take 10 through ongoing support from officers and funding.

Jenny Rains, Community Manager at Wellington City Council

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