Music festivals and beach parties are an enjoyable rite of passage for many young people – but they also bring with them new experiences which can be daunting.
That’s why in Pembrokeshire, a new event is being launched on 18thAugust to provide young people with practical, useful advice they can relate to when they go to festivals – which will hopefully allow them to enjoy them all the more.
The event is ‘Fest Safe’, a free beach party and festival at Tenby Harbour for under 18s. It will feature the live bands Vicetrack, One Man Down and Bad Apple, and DJ Toby Ellis – plus festival survival kits and safety advice.
Fest Safe is being organised by Pembrokeshire Youth, Pembrokeshire County Council’s youth service.
Anna Dixon, Substance Misuse Youth Worker, said the idea came about from working directly with local young people.
“Youth workers from the SMASH Team (Substance Misuse and Sexual Health) developed resources to help young people minimise harm to themselves and others after they had indicated that they were having parties or ‘going on the sesh’,” said Anna.
“The youth workers, being aware that young people would attend festivals for the first time with little or no idea about what to expect or how to keep safe, then developed the idea further as ‘Fest Safe’,” added David Walker, Practice Support Manager at Pembrokeshire Youth.
Dean Moraity, Substance Misuse Social Worker, said the team wanted to engage them at their level to provide them with harm reduction advice and information that they could relate to.
“Through our experience of supporting young people we have a good understanding of what they know, what they are a curious about and also what they enjoy,” he said.
All visitors to Fest Safe will receive a free festival survival kit with sun cream, toothbrush, ear plugs, drink spikeys, etc – plus a leaflet with practical advice and tips that will help keep them safe at festivals.
The event is being supported by RNLI lifeguards, Dyfed Powys Police, Choices, and Drugaid Cymru.
- Fest Safe takes place on Friday, August 18th between 3pm and 7pm at Tenby Harbour. The free tickets (first come, first served) are available at https://pembrokeshireyouthservice.nutickets.com