GIGMATE Matching and Meeting up Safety Tips
Meeting new people is exciting, but you should always be cautious when interacting with someone you don’t know.
Use your best judgement and put your safety first, whether you are exchanging initial messages or meeting in person.
While you can’t control the actions of others, there are things you can do to help you stay safe during your GIGMATE experience.
Never Send Money or Share Financial Information
Protect Your Personal Information:
Never share personal information, such as your mobile number, home or work address with people you don’t know.
Report Any Inappropriate or Offensive Behavior
You can report any concerns about suspicious behaviour direct to email@example.com
Pre-Meeting in Person:
Get to know the other person before agreeing to go to the Gig together.
GIGMATE suggest you arrange a facet-ime or voice call to catch up before booking your tickets.
Meet in Public and Stay in Public:
We suggest that you meet in a populated, public place — never at your home, your GIGMATE’s home, or any other private location.
Tell Friends and Family About Your Plans:
Tell a friend or family member of your plans, including when and where you’re going. Have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Be in Control of Your Transportation:
We want you to be in control of how you get to and from your meet-up so that you can leave whenever you want.
Know Your Limits:
Be aware of the effects of drugs or alcohol on you specifically — they can impair your judgement and your alertness.
Don’t Leave Drinks or Personal Items Unattended:
Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times — only accept drinks poured or served directly from the bartender or server.
If You Feel Uncomfortable, Leave:
It’s okay to leave the Gig early if you’re feeling uncomfortable. IF your instincts are telling you something is off or you feel unsafe, ask one of the venue security for help.
Good Night Out Campaign:
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Attitude is Everything
Attitude is Everything connects disabled people with music and live event industries to improve access together.
Their vision is to see music and live event industries valuing disabled people as audience members, performers, professionals and volunteers.
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