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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Children will call the shots in £10k Cumbria anti-bullying campaign

A TRAILBLAZING anti-bullying campaign led by children for children is to get £10,000 in funding to be rolled out across Furness this year.

The scheme is being led by Furness Youth Council and Barrow Children in Care Council, with input from Signal Films, schools, youth groups, and the Brathay Trust.

The aim is to reach out to children being bullied and those at risk of being bullied. It has been recommended to receive £10,000 from the Barrow local committee of Cumbria County Council, which was due to meet today.

The scheme will feature workshops, drama productions, film and animation productions, plus Cumbria’s first social media platform aimed at tackling bullying.

The mission statement said: “Issues around bullying are alarming and within this technological age, when young people are experiencing difficulties, they reach out through social media.”

Through social media, children, parents and schools will be able to find out what help is available and for whom.

In addition, volunteers, including young people, will be trained to deliver a series of workshops to teachers, governors, parents and children.

Councillor Mandy Telford, chairwoman of the Barrow Children and Young People’s Working Group which recommended the funding allocation, described it as an “amazing proposal” to tackle bullying at school.

She said: “What’s brilliant about it is that the county council can spend some money on something that’s going to be run by young people for young people.

“Rather than adults saying ‘this is how you should be doing it’, it’s going to be done by the young people themselves.

“It’s not going to replicate stuff that’s out there already. They’re going to look at what’s happening already and try and do something new with it.

“They’re talking about going into schools and doing some theatre work, doing some message board platforms with advice on how to deal with bullying. So I’m really excited about it and I’m hopeful it will get rubber-stamped.”

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