We believe that members (including both Volunteers and Contractors) of the Beltane Fire Society should participate in the charity’s activities with a shared behavioural expectation, regardless of experience or role. That we all:
- Communicate honestly and considerately with all – being aware of and respecting diversity, equality, different roles and boundaries, without discrimination. We value each others’ truths whilst expressing our own.
- Work together to make BFS an inclusive, safe, welcoming and sharing environment. We form a Society with room enough for everyone who upholds these values to take part.
- Learn, develop and grow through our involvement with BFS. When something negative happens, we do our best to explore it to find the lessons to be carried forward. We welcome positive change.
- Act in the best interest of BFS as a whole – always remembering that BFS is a registered and legally accountable charity. We avoid bringing BFS, and ourselves, into disrepute by our actions or omissions while representing the charity.
- Participate in discussion, debate and decision-making – contributing, listening carefully, challenging and finding a common resolution. We acknowledge conflict as a natural part of any community and show our best selves when we approach it in a positive manner and take a sensitive approach in dealing with others.
- Operate within the established guidelines of BFS and the framework of the law – upholding the objectives and principles of the society and the law as they apply to our events. We accept, and will do our best to uphold our legal and moral responsibilities to each other and the wider community.
- Recognise that safeguarding is a collective responsibility that we all a significant individual role to perform. We work towards making a community where everyone feels supported in calling out behaviour that goes against the values listed here.
- Engage with BFS through the support channels in place – via the Board of Directors, Event Coordinator, Blues, Group Organisers and others holding specific roles within the society. As these positions have a key role to play in terms of safeguarding for all in BFS, we entrust them to fulfil the duty of care responsibilities their position requires, and shall assist and enable them where possible.
- Consider and express our own boundaries and respect the boundaries of others. None of us has to be open to everything to fully participate in what we do. We should be clear about what our own boundaries are while also respecting each others boundaries We make our safety and comfort our primary responsibility whilst enabling others to meet their own responsibilities.
We look to have an acronym that helps sum up the sentiments above, FIRE:
- F – Freedom of creativity
- I – Inclusive of everyone
- R – Respect each other and the environment we play in
- E – Educate others and share our skills
All members, regardless of experience within the charity, should look to embody the Beltane FIRE whenever they are engaging in BFS activities, or when representing the charity in any other manner. For those members volunteering or working in senior roles within the charity the community expects and will uphold the exemplary embodiment of these standards.