The following applies to everyone involved with Brighthelm Swing: dancers, volunteers, teachers, visiting teachers and musicians.
Keeping you safe
We’re here. Whether you need medical attention or you would like to talk to someone about another Brighthelm Swing attendee's behaviour. Brighthelm Swing’s Safe Spaces contact is Annie. You can speak to her privately about anything that has bothered you. She will listen to you non-judgmentally and take you seriously. She will keep everything you tell her confidential as possible, unless you say otherwise. (However, in the event of a police investigation, all information will become disclosable.) To contact her you can text, send a private message or email brighthelmswing (at)gmail(dot)com
You are welcome to contact Brighthelm Swing anonymously.
We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed intimidating or inappropriate behaviour to tell a Brighthelm Swing organiser. If you’d rather speak to someone outside of Brighthelm Swing, all the Swing DanceOrganisers in Brighton are ready to listen.
Brighthelm Swing organisers are available for discussion and reassurance, not just formal reports. Swing Dance organisers and teachers will happily provide support to anyone experiencing problematic behaviours in the Swing dance scene– please do tell us about your concerns, even small ones – we’re here for you! No issue is too big or too small to talk to us about.
We believe that the swing dancing scene is one of the friendliest, supportive and most progressive out there. Stepping up, listening to concerns and pro-actively working to make our scene a safe place is how we keep it that way. We believe that every person at our events has the right to always feel comfortable and safe. To try our hardest to make sure that happens, we have a code of conduct which is there to make sure everyone attending the event is on the same page. We all have different experiences, beliefs and ideas about what’s acceptable, and so we want to make sure that we have a shared understanding of what’s okay. It means that we have something to use as a reference point in the event that we need to talk to somebody about their behaviour. We hope it also sends out a message to those who might experience some of these things that someone is there to support them.