A place for helping those in crisis: Historically we have had participants who have become overwhelmed by the factors encountered at the event such as wind, dust, soop (sound out of place) for example. In the case of soop participants feeling overwhelmed go into a psychosocial state of crisis that can escalate into confrontation, and heightened anxiety or stress. Previously participants feeling overwhelmed become a challenge for Rangers and or Medics.
The intention of the Sanctuary is to act as a proactive measure – firstly in identifying and normalising the issue for participants so that they can use the Sanctuary if needed, and secondly it creates a mechanism for overwhelmed participants to seek help and regain a more balanced and productive outlook. Thirdly, it reduces the workload of our Rangers and Medic teams.
Sanctuary shifts are 6 hours long:
6:00 to 12:00,
12:00 to 18:00,
18:00 to 24:00,
24:00 to 06:00.
To sign up for a Sanctuary shift you need to either have previous harm reduction, medical, mental health, and/or psychological counselling experience (psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers most welcome).
A sign-up list for shifts will be posted here ahead of our 2017 event.
We will have training at the event. If interested please email Catherine on [email protected]
Green Dots are the unseen champions who are there to catch you if you fall, extending our Sanctuary services into the Binnekring and beyond. Green Dots cruise the dust keeping an eye out for participants who are lost or overwhelmed by the experience that they are having.
When participants are simply in need of some TLC or have lost their bearings, it’s the Green Dots who help them out by pointing them in the right direction home. Other participants who may be in need of more professionalised support are then chaperoned over to our Medical and Sanctuary facilities at Off Center Camp where our community care team can offer them a calm space, counselling and / or medical care if required.
Should you have experience in trauma counselling, harm reduction or looking to up-skill your Dirt Ranger skills, you’re more than welcome to volunteer and join our team by mailing [email protected] or [email protected]