School hosts event to train youngsters to put an end to bullying

TRAINING: Anti-bullying day teamwork exercise

TRAINING: Anti-bullying day teamwork exercise

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WEYMOUTH school hosted an anti-bullying ambassador event.

More than 100 young people from across Dorset attended the event at Budmouth College.

It was part of a programme to train youngsters to be anti-bullying ambassadors as part of the Diana Award charity.

Students took part in practical activities that explored the issues of bullying and had the opportunity to share ideas with those from other schools.

They also heard from a young person who suffered from years of bullying whilst at school, how it affected her life and how the Diana Award team helped her get back on her feet.

The aim of the training was to create a team of anti-bullying ambassadors who have the skills to tackle bullying in their own schools and help to eradicate bullying through the education of their peers. Budmouth student Connie Williams attended the event.

She said: “This was a fantastic day and I learnt a lot about why bullying happens and what I can do to help prevent it.

“Bullying is wrong and I feel that I can really make a difference now.”

Principal at Budmouth College David Akers was impressed with the training the students received.

He said: “I’m delighted that so many young people are here today and I’m proud that our college had the chance to host this event.

“These ambassadors have been given the skills and tools to successfully spread the word that bullying will not be tolerated.”

The Diana Award charity said Budmouth was chosen as the host venue because of its very pro-active student-led anti-bullying council, also because several students have been the recipients of a Diana Award, which is given to inspirational young people who are committed to the anti-bullying cause.

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