The Street Van service is a cornerstone of Hope Community Services’ outreach work. Street Vans travel to areas where young people congregate on weekends and after school to provide a healthy, safe environment in which they can engage. Currently Hope operates Street Vans in the Perth Metro and Goldfields regions. Street vans bring games, fun, music, arts and fun to skate parks, green spaces, and city streets, but also information, referrals, cool drinks in the summer, and blankets and beanies in the winter. Street Vans are one of the ways people can support Hope through volunteering.
Hope has been providing support to young people during leaver’s week for a number of years now, offering a safe space and support for young people in crisis or under the influence. Ahead of the holiday week, Hope travels to local schools to give preparatory talks, providing information about how to celebrate safely. During the week, teams are dispatched to the Southwest and Rotttnest Island. A team of volunteers and staff man the outreach vans as well as the recovery and sobering up areas in Rottnest and the south, where they see thousands of young people over several nights. We welcome inquiries about volunteering during Leavers Week activities.