News | 10 February 2022
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Take 10: A city safe haven for rangatahi

On the corners of Taranaki Street and Courtenay Place, you may have noticed a mobile unit parked up on Friday and Saturday nights. This mobile unit is home to Take 10, a program run by the Vulnerable Support Charitable Trust (VSCT) that's dedicated to supporting young people in Pōneke.

The Take 10 white caravan with green artificial turf laid out in front with blue bean bags, and people standing around on the orange pavement in the dark, with lit windows of high rises behind.

Take 10 is a spot to take a break from the pubs and clubs. VSCT chair Clint Schoultz says It was established to provide a safe space for young people when they are out in the city.

Supported by Wellington City Council, Take 10 has between 800-5500 people come through and use one or more of their services each night during the weekend.

So, what can you expect if you visit Take 10? Free water, lollies, you can stop in to charge your phone, play some games, receive first aid, and have a friendly chat.

Beyond providing a safe haven for young people out on the town Take 10 also support rangatahi in the 11-16 age group with their Take 10 Arvos

Take 10 Arvo’s is a safe, fun hang out space for young people to go after school. We have games, food, workshops, laptops, and lots of interaction but also quiet spaces for those rangatahi that just want to chill out, Clint says.

The after-school programme runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Linden Community Centre and on Fridays at the Johnsonville Collective Community Hub from 3-5pm. No bookings are required, just show up and sign in.

Take 10 already has a fantastic group of volunteers but they are always looking for new people to join the team!

To make a great volunteer all you have to be is empathetic, friendly, love interacting with people, and be available at least once a month. Training and support is provided, and volunteers are provided with pizza, hot drinks and a safe passage home.