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Together For You supports Anti-Bullying Week

16 Nov 2015

This year's Anti-Bullying Week runs from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November 2015.

The week-long campaign, under the theme “What Bullying Means To Me”, will provide an opportunity to focus on what bullying is all about.

Together For You partners Activity

Nexus will be working with North Regional Colleges throughout this week

Action Mental Health MensSana will be working with Hazelwood Integrated, Bloomfield Collegiate Astoria Gardens and Strangford College delivering mental health awareness sessions, focusing specifically on the negative effects bullying can have on our mental health and wellbeing.  

Aware will be working in North West Regional College, Portora Royal School, Oakgrove Integrated College and Omagh College using the Anti-Bullying message this week as part of Mood Matters Young People programme. 

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and supported by Translink.  NIABF is an interagency group hosted by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) NI and funded by the Department of Education.

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum defines bullying as ‘the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others’.

Lee Kane, Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, says that schools across Northern Ireland have been getting involved in the campaign.

“More than 700 schools and other organisations from right across our community have signed up to take part in the week of activities. NIABF has provided a range to resources, including themed posters, assemblies and class workshops to support pupils in exploring their understanding of what bullying is about.  By improving our understanding of bullying wherever it takes place, either in school, in our communities or online, we can help to tackle bullying more effectively.” 

Anti-Bullying Week is once again supported by Translink. Anti-bullying messages will be reinforced on posters in train and bus stations across Northern Ireland. Translink’s Ursula Henderson says:

“Bullying can mean different things to different people but has the same detrimental impact on child development – creating fear and anxiety, tension and stress. It’s important we continue to take positive steps to build understanding of what constitutes bullying in order to address it effectively and protect an individual’s emotional wellbeing.

“By supporting NIABF we are also delivering the message that customers should always behave responsibly and with respect for other passengers and staff while travelling by bus or train.”

To find out more about Anti-Bullying Week log on to www.endbullying.org.uk

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum/ www.endbullying.org.uk

NIABF is an inter-agency body, made up of over 25 regional statutory and non-statutory organisations, all committed to ending the bullying of children and young people.  NIABF is hosted by National Children’s Bureau (NCB) NI, and is funded by the Department of Education. 

 

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