SAFER SPACES POLICY
Streets Apart Festival is committed to creating an event where we prioritise everyone's right to enjoy themselves freely – a safer space for everybody.
A safer space is a place where everyone feels welcome and respected. It’s a place where people can feel confident that they won’t be discriminated against, harassed or critiqued.
Whilst we understand that no space can be entirely safe for everyone, we want to move towards kinder environments by clarifying what we expect from people who join us on the day.
Streets Apart Festival has a zero-tolerance approach to homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, xenophobia, fatphobia or any other types of hate and discrimination.
Adhering to this is a collective responsibility. People attending the festival will need to ensure they are aware of their behaviour at all times.
Festival staff and security teams will be visible. If you notice behaviour that may cause harm to you or to another person, please contact a member of the team. All reports will be taken seriously, and actions will be taken by festival and security staff.
WHAT IS A HATE CRIME?
Hate crime is defined as:
"Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards the victim because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or the fact they have a disability."
Examples of hate crime:
Damage to property
Offensive letters, leaflets, emails and texts
Bullying and threats
Hate incidents and crimes can have a damaging effect on people and on local communities and need to be reported so that others can be protected.
REPORTING A HATE CRIME
If you feel that you are being targeted in this way or have witnessed a hate crime then you can report the incident to the police. In an emergency always call 999.
You can report hate crime at other reporting centres:
Wigan and Leigh Citizen's Advice Bureau (external link) - Tel: 0300 3309 077 or visit Wigan or Leigh branch
Wigan Youth Zone (external link)- Tel: 01942 612061
SWAP (Support for Wigan Arrivals Project) (external link) - Tel: 01942 614489
Report via our anti-social behaviour page (includes Wigan Council tenants also) - Tel: 01942 304364
Compassion in Action (external link) - Haven House (Leigh) or Patrick House (Leigh) Tel: 01942 418 830
If there is an incident that you feel is a hate crime we can provide support and help to resolve any issues you have as a consequence of experiencing or witnessing incidents.
For further help and advice you can also talk direct to your local Neighbourhood Police Team
Leigh - 0161 856 7225
Wigan - 0161 856 7124