We’re excited to welcome you back to Secret Garden Party for the first time in 5 years! A lot has happened since we last partied together, and so we thought we would remind you about our ethos and ground rules.
Everyone deserves a fun and ultimately safe environment, and we have been thinking about the best ways to look after our Gardeners and help you to look after each other. Besides our general rules and ethos, this year we will be doing a few extra things to keep you all safe.
The Loop will be present this year and testing any drugs deposited in their on-site surrender boxes. Information will be shared across site regarding any high strength, mis-sold or otherwise particularly dangerous substances in circulation. If anything especially concerning is identified then a drug alert will be published.
The Loop will also be offering drugs information, counselling and support.
Ask for Angela
We want every Gardener to feel safe. If at any point you feel uncomfortable in a situation please approach any member of festival staff and ask if Angela is working. Our team will make sure that you are quietly and quickly removed from the situation and taken to a safe location away from the person(s) or scenario.
Please look out for each other. Don’t be a passive bystander!
No Means No!
Don’t be that person! Remember ‘no’ can be said in lots of different ways other than a simple “no”! Anything other than a straight up resounding and enthusiastic “YES!” is a No. Be an ally to your friends and fellow Gardeners and call out any inappropriate behaviour. Consent is key – always ask and most importantly respect the answer.
Every allegation of sexual assault or harassment will be taken seriously. SGP will take a survivor-led approach, and will work with appropriate authorities to ensure that the survivor’s complaint is acted upon promptly and investigated. We are there to support you in every way possible!
Look out for your fellow gardeners, don’t forget the 4 D’s! Distract – Approach victims with a reason for them to leave a situation; Direct – take direct action and call out bad behaviour; Delay – check in on a person after the event to make sure they’re OK – it’s never too late to check in; Delegate – report the situation to a member of the SGP team
Our lovely friends at PsyCare UK will be providing on site welfare and harm reduction facilities for all of you Gardeners – so if you feel anxious, out of it, overwhelmed, lost, sad, stressed or alone please give them a visit and they will provide a safe and supportive space to give you the time and support that you need. PsyCare are providing the following:
- Welfare Tent – Welfare facilities will be on hand for anyone who feels overwhelmed, out of it or has over-indulged and is in need of rest and respite
- Harm Reduction Tent – An outreach space providing resources and information relating to topics such as harm reduction, alcohol and other drugs, sexual & mental health as well as providing free condoms, sanitary products and other welfare must-haves! This space will also host a discussion and outreach area for conversations around important topics such as consent and respecting boundaries.
- Sanctuary Tents – There will be two tranquil sanctuary tents providing secluded, calm settings to support people through mental health crises or particularly challenging psychedelic experiences
- Safe Space – A private, comfortable and secure space will be available for any person who may have been affected by harassment, sexual assault or violence, domestic abuse, spiking or other sensitive issues requiring suppo
My Black Dog
It’s been a tough few years baby! Lots of us have been feeling the impact on our mental health and so My Black Dog has been invited along to provide mental health information about their service for all of our Gardeners. If you’re struggling in any way, and would like to find out more about what they offer, or just find out more about getting help with your mental health stop by for a chat.
Diverse UK is an independent organisation run for and by people that identify as Autistic. Diverse want to grow a friendly neuro-diverse connected community through social activities, interests and social media. Diverse will be hosting a space and running activities to get involved with.
Try to remember, that after all…
This is a Serious Party.