Introducing PsyCare UK...
PsyCare UK is a registered charity that provides welfare and harm reduction services at music festivals and events throughout the UK and internationally. We have been operating for over 10 years, previously under the name Kosmicare UK, and during that time have earned a reputation for the specialist and compassionate services we offer at events of all sizes.
Many people experiment with legal and illegal drugs at music festivals. It is therefore vital to have an effective and compassionate welfare service which can:
Reduce the harms associated with drug use, by providing crisis intervention and psychological support to those undergoing difficult experiences
Promote specialist harm reduction advice and drug information to festival attendees
Provide a safe and supportive environment so that difficult experiences can be transformed into more positive learning and developmental opportunities
festivals & Events
PsyCare UK is a leading provider of welfare and harm reduction services. Having formed in 2008 under the name Kosmicare UK, we have provided welfare at events ranging from 500 to 30,000 people. In this time we have assisted thousands of people and have developed a unique skill-set that enables us to effectively manage a variety of drug-related difficulties and other psychological crises in a way that minimises unnecessary hospitalisation or medication.
Whilst maintaining a neutral stance, we approach drugs openly and honestly, and pride ourselves on giving accurate and credible information using a peer education philosophy. Our attention to ‘set & setting’ and our use of experienced and well trained volunteers ensures the care we give is second to none. Having PsyCare UK on site will help promote a positive and conscientious atmosphere at the event.
Why choose PsyCare UK for your event?
PsyCare UK can:
- Provide tailored, highly price-competitive welfare, either as sole provider or as a specialist support unit to existing welfare.
- Provide a 24/7 service, staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of volunteers.
- Reduce police involvement and psychiatric hospitalisations by providing intensive support for challenging presentations. This can help avoid the negative press and licensing issues that are associated with the involvement of emergency services.
- Reduce the risk of overdose and harmful drug interactions by providing comprehensive, credible harm reduction advice and drug information to festival attendees.
- Work closely with other on-site services reducing unnecessary burden upon them.
- Provide generic welfare services, such as provision of sunscreen and condoms.
PsyCare UK attracts a diverse group of volunteers. Our team includes substance misuse workers, doctors, students, neuroscientists, nurses and experienced festival goers. What unites all our volunteers, however, is a caring and compassionate approach to the needs of all the attendees of a festival. All our highly knowledgeable and empathetic volunteers work on a person-led approach to anyone requiring support. We are a community who believe in looking out and caring for others, and this considerate approach is reflected in the high quality of welfare and harm reduction services we offer.
PsyCare UK is a small grassroots charity. We rely on the time and hard-work of our volunteers and the kind donations of those who support our cause. Whatever the amount, your donation will go directly towards supporting the hundreds of people we work with at festivals and events each year. Your money will help us to make a lasting impact on the lives of the people who use our service.
Harm reduction is a pragmatic response to both legal and illegal drug use, grounded in a human rights and public health framework. Harm reduction advocates practical responses to reduce the harms associated with drug use, empowering individuals to make informed decisions about what drugs they consume, and how they consume them.