SAFE PARTYING….IT’S UP TO YOU
BE SMART, BE SAFE, BE WARE – CROWD CARE
We are all about safer partying
WHAT IS DANCEWISE NSW?
Dancewize NSW will have a dedicated safe space on ground at NYE IN THE PARK to alcohol and drug related safer partying information and support for you or any of your crew experiencing:
- Anxiety or distress
- Sexual harassment or assault
- Mental health issues
- A general feeling of being unsafe at the event
They’ll also have a roving team, so look out for the Purple shirts!
How will I know if someone needs help?
- The person may be unconscious, unable to walk, vomiting or have shallow breathing.
- The person may be clenching, grinding jaw, eyes wobbling or large pupils, agitated, overly energetic or confused.
- The person may be confused, anxious, paranoid, hallucinating or displaying odd behaviour.
How can I help the Dancewize NSW team?
It’s everyone’s responsibility at NYE IN THE PARK to make sure your fellow festival goers feel safe and have a good time. If you see someone who looks like they need help…
- Approach them in a calm and friendly manner
- Reassure them you are there to help, not to bust them
- They may benefit from some time at the Dancewize NSW Care Space (marked on the map we just showed you.)
Focus on their health. If they are hurt, try not to move them and call over a Dancewize NSW team member or a medical professional. If you can’t see one nearby, send for help.
YOUR HARM REDUCTION CHEAT SHEET
Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction
The only way to eliminate potential harms of alcohol and other drugs is to abstain from using them, harm reduction is the act of reducing potential harms while continuing to use these substances. Come and chat to Dancewize NSW NSW, next to medical, for more info on how you can stay safe while you party.
Harm Reduction Strategies
1) Research substances and their effects
Jump on Erowid.org before the festival or come and chat to the crew at Dancewize NSW at the festival for non-judgemental information and advice on a huge variety of substances.
2) Avoid dangerous drug combinations
The effects of alcohol and other drugs can be unpredictable when you mix them. It’s important to be aware of which combos are more dangerous. This also goes for medications that may be prescribed. Check out this chart, and chat to Dancewize NSW to find out more.
3) Plan your party day
Plan ahead to reduce potential harms when partying. If you’re planning to use alcohol or other drugs, set a limit of how much you plan to use, and stick to it.
4) Surround yourself with trusted mates
Partying is always better with good mates around you. Check in with your mates to make sure they’re doing okay. Make sure you each know what the others have taken, and don’t be afraid to pull your mate up if you think they’ve had enough.
5) Don’t buy drugs from unknown sources
If you choose to use illicit drugs, make sure you can trust your source to tell you about strength and purity. It’s a good idea to test your stuff, if you have a test kit.
6) Avoid using alcohol and other drugs if your mood is low or you’re feeling unwell
Your mood and physical wellbeing have a massive impact on the way any substance will affect you. It’s not a good idea to try to use alcohol or other drugs to lift your mood if you’re feeling down – they could make it much worse.
Plan a safe way to get home from the festival. If you’re going to use any kind of drug, including alcohol, check the bus and train timetables, or make sure you have money for a cab. If you’re partying a long way from home, find alternative accommodation like a mate’s couch or a hotel room. Never drink/drug drive.
8) Eat, rest, hydrate
No matter whether you choose to use substances or not, a big day partying in the sun is going to take it out of you. Make some time between acts to have a rest and get some food. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking half a litre of water per hour while dancing, and about half that when resting. There’s free water at the bars, free water stations and Dancewize NSW.
9) Love safe & Safe Space
Sometimes you meet new friends when you’re out partying, and alcohol and other drugs can influence your decision making. If you’re hooking up with someone, make sure they’re as keen as you are – seek enthusiastic consent. Condoms and other safer sex resources can be picked up for free from Dancewize NSW.
If you ever feel unsafe or you need support, speak to a security guard or come to Dancewize NSW next to the medical tent. We will provide a safe space for you to talk, or not talk, about your experience. We’re here to help.
WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCE A DRUG EXPERIENCE?
Drug: chosen drug, purity, legality, amount of drug, combinations with other drugs (including alcohol), etc.
Individual: health of person, mental state, mood, weight, age, etc.
Environment: temperature, day/night, loud music, friends around, crowds, presence of police, familiarity of location, etc
SAFE WORD – Ask for Angela
NYE in the Park will have ‘Ask for Angela’ in place at the festival.
Who is Angela and why should I ask for her?
The NSW Government begun trailing the internationally recognised “Ask for Angela” safety campaign in Sydney’s CBD, hoping to prevent sexual assaults the city in July 2018.
It encourages patrons to approach any staff member at participating venues and “Ask for Angela” if they feel unsafe or have been put in a compromising situation. The sentence acts as a code to discreetly alert staff, who then escort the affected person to safety or contact authorities for further assistance.
Ask for Angela sends a message that creepy behaviour will not be tolerated and that nobody has the right to make anyone else feel threatened in any way. If you or your mates experience any creepy behaviour, you too can ‘Ask for Angela.’
HYDRATE MODERATE SURVIVE
Essential tips for your pre-partying antics, so you don’t miss the grand finale!
DON’T LET THE HEAT BEAT YOUR PARTY
- Its SUMMER, SO PARTY SAFE & SMART
- STAY COOL, HYDRATE & MODERATE YOR MATES
- SUNCREEN, COVER UP, BUDDY UP
- WATER + JUICE + FRUIT = HYDRATE
- DRUGS & HEAT DON’T MIX
- CONSUME IN MODERATION
- EAT TO BEAT THE HEAT
However, the following signs may indicate that you’re dealing with heatstroke:
- High body temperature (38°C or higher)
- Hot, red, dry or damp skin
- Fast, strong pulse
- Feeling confused
- you’ll actually be dry.
How can you avoid heatstroke?
- Stay in shade if possible when the heat is too high.
- Wear the right clothing – Lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing is best, and you should top it off with a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face.
- Use sunscreen – Apply sunscreen liberally, and reapply it often, especially if you’ve been in the water or are sweating. It should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
- Drink plenty of fluids – Be sure to stay hydrated and replenish fluids by drinking plenty of water, fruit juice or other beverages that replace salt and electrolytes.
How should you treat heatstroke?
Attending the onsite medical centre immediately.
AMNESTY BINS: BE SMART – BE AWARE
NYE in the Park are working closely with NSW Health, we will be rolling out amnesty bins at the event to help ensure the safest possible festival for all.