When we run events, we need to look after the people that come along. Do organisers of writers events do enough to keep people safe after the event?
I have been thinking a great deal about the safety of people coming to events. It is too easy for new people to come to events only to slip away at the end. It is very easy to get so caught up in our own stuff that we fail to look after the people around us.
Especially when events have younger people showing up, do we do enough to keep them safe? I feel we event organisers have a duty of care to make sure that the group looks after its members and makes sure everyone travels in relative safety.
Travelling safely: look after each other
This Thanet Star article drives home the fact that the streets are not always as safe as they might be. At the end of the night, when people are going home don’t let anyone walk away alone if at all possible. This is why a lot of group organisers try to bring things to a prompt close. That way everyone is going home at about the same time.
If some attendees are getting the bus, try to arrange to have them walk to the bus stop together. As a group gets to know each other this is likely to be something that happens organically but there’s nothing stopping an event facilitator from suggesting attendees travel as a group. Just a quick “look after each other and make sure you all get to the bus stop safely” and you are on tot he next item.
Check-in before and after
Check everyone got home safely. Most modern events are organised via social media. It does not take much to post a message to an event or chat group saying, “Thanks for a great evening. Let me know that you all got home safely.”
Of course, it is not just going home but arriving too. It never hurts to ask how people are getting to the event. If you know, for example, that several people are coming by bus, you could suggest they coordinate and travel together.
There is only so much we can do but it would be nice to think that after a successful event everyone will be alive, well, and able to come along again. When drink is involved it becomes even more important for us to watch out for each other.
Stay safe out there.