Central, Victory, Nayland, Wakefield & Brightwater
HYPE-GS is a group of casual youth workers who come together to ensure youth, community events and youth gathering spaces are safe and enjoyable places for all in our communities.
HYPE-GS was the brainchild of a group of Nelson/Tasman youth workers who were concerned about high levels of youth intoxication and police arrests after some pretty unsafe partying at Tahuna Beach around the New Year's Period of 2000. HYPE-GS moved under the YMCA Nelson governance in 2012.
Today HYPE-GS provides both highly skilled and experienced youth workers working alongside passionate community minded young people to provide youth health and safety workers for youth and community events and our regions town centers.
HYPE-GS aims to reduce the harm from unsafe partyying and alcohol and other drugs on young people and communities.
We do this by:
- Getting alongside young people and building relationships in their spaces (detached youth work)
- Offering advice, promoting youth opportunities, giving harm reduction and health promotion resources
and diffusing anti-social or aggressive behavior.
- Assisting event planners in meeting the needs of young people at events and providing Event Health
and Safety Workers.
- Assisting councils in planning late night provision and providing Street Ambassador Workers
- Providing First Aid Services
- Advocating with and for young people on issues we come across through our work.
Some of our current work includes:
- Tasman Street Ambassadors (Friday & Saturday nights Richmond & Motueka Town Centers)
- Nelson Masked Parade and Carnivale
- Tasman Skatepark Tour
- Motueka Starlight Parade
- Takaka Mardi Gras