Last week we had the pleasure of hearing from Garth Eichorn, a former Baptist minister and current volunteer with Street Chaplains.
The Street Chaplains are a group of volunteers who work across Western Australia (in particular, nightclub districts in Northbridge, Joondalup and Fremantle), helping revelers each Friday and Saturday night stay safe and secure. They show compassion and pastoral care to people in need after a late night on the town.
Street Chaplains are not about offering religious assistance —their aim to be ‘good Samaritans’ to those in need and/or danger after a big night.
People are often intoxicated and vulnerable to predators on the streets late at night. The Street Chaplains work alongside the existing network within Northbridge (i.e. the Police, the ambulance services, the Nyoongar patrol and the Department of Child Protection) to help maintain a safe environment. Their assistance includes:
- First aid assistance.
- Providing water and shoes.
- Helping people find means of getting home safely.
- Maintaining the dignity of vulnerable individuals.
- Providing guidance to people in conflict.
- Facilitating access to the helping agencies in the community.
Garth spoke passionately about his work and inspired a lot of members on how we can assist the cause.