A safe space is a space in which everyone feels welcome, respected and comfortable with being who they are. This includes people who facilitate and participate in stalls and workshops, access activities, volunteer or just attend.
How can we all create a safe space?
- We listen to each other to understand, not just to respond.
- We allow everyone a chance to speak.
- We respect each other’s boundaries and only share what we feel comfortable sharing.
- If we are unsure of someone’s boundaries, we always ask.
- We think about our words and assumptions about others.
- We speak respectfully about and stand up for others whether they are present or not.
How do I respond if I feel the safe space committment has been broken?
- If you feel able to, respectfully tell the person or people involved that you feel that they are breaking safe space, explaining to the person why.
- Tell a TPS Steward, volunteer or committee member about how you are feeling either at the time or when you feel able via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I find it difficult to uphold the safe space committment?
- Listen respectfully if someone tells you that you are making them uncomfortable and try to change your behaviour.
- Ask TPS Steward, volunteer or committee member if you don’t understand expectations or why they are there.
- If you feel unable to speak about your difficulties in the moment, then you can move to a different space.
- Ask TPS Steward, volunteer or committee member for support.