Last night could most definitely be described as a night of two halves!
From midnight until around 2am our volunteers were having lots of fun; chatting to people as they were heading in or out of the main nightclub in Wellington, giving out lollipops, helping people arrange and find taxis before the taxi marshalls arrived, and helping reunite some separated friends.
But from 2am everything changed.
One of our volunteers spent around fifteen minutes talking with a very upset young woman who had fallen out with her partner and was worried that he had a violent temper and she didn't know where he had gone after they argued. One of our team chatted with her, helped her to relax and then located some friends of hers inside the club who agreed to take her home.
One of our volunteers intervened when a group of women began arguing loudly outside the doors of the nightclub. It turned out that the women were all friends but had fallen out over differing views of the boyfriend of one of the women. Our volunteer was able to calm the situation and the women went back into the nightclub together much happier.
At around half 2 in the morning one of the rooms in the main nightclub closed and there was a sudden flood of people leaving the nightclub. The taxi marshalls were brilliant in keeping the taxi queue moving quickly but the cold wind was affecting many of the clubbers so we handed out blankets whilst people waited. This was later repeated when the nightclub closed for the night at around 4am and once again a sea of silver blankets appeared alongside the taxi rank!
Shortly before 3am a young man was brought out of the nightclub by several of the clubs security officers. He was very drunk and was unable to walk, so our volunteers and some of the mans friends had to carry him over to our café at the back of the Methodist Church. He had already been very sick in the nightclub's toilets and at one point had lost his balance and hit his head on a toilet basin causing a cut to the bridge of his nose before he was carried out of the nightclub and brought over to our café. When we got him inside the café he continued to be sick but eventually fell asleep. We gave his friends some tea and coffee whilst they explained he had been with some other friends who had been drinking vodka shots. Sadly for him those friends were Polish and more accustomed to vodka than he was. When he awoke in our café we cleaned him up and arranged a taxi to take him and his friends home however unfortunately when he got up to head for the taxi he began vomiting again and there was blood in his vomit. We immediately phoned for assistance and two paramedics arrived quickly to assess him. They concluded that the blood in his vomit was digested blood most likely from a nose bleed when he had earlier hit his nose. They were happy that he didn't need to go to hospital and so for the second time we arranged a taxi for him and his two friends to go home at around half 4 this morning!
Whilst all this was going on in the café our volunteers outside were kept busy helping people from the nightclub into taxis and giving flipflops to women needing to take off their high-heeled shoes after a long night of dancing.
During the night all of our volunteers enjoyed great conversations with people including a group of regular clubbers who congratulated us on having completed four years of working on Wellington's streets. We also gave away over half of a huge box of lollipops last night so we are going to have to go shopping before next Saturday night!
We will have another team back on Wellington's streets and in our café next Saturday night ready to offer more help to anyone in need. If you would like more information of if you are interested in maybe volunteering with us just one night per month then please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page. You don't need any qualifications and you don't need to be a Christian - we only ask that you are a nice friendly person, that you are not judgemental of people who have been drinking or may have taken drugs, and that you can stay awake till the early hours just one night each month.
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