To kick start National Anti-Bullying Week, 19 – 23 November, Jodie Marsh, Arthur Landon, Twist and Pulse and more celebs lent their support at our National Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Conference at the International Hotel in Canary Wharf, London.
Over 300 young Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from across the UK came together to participate in an interactive day designed to get young people to creatively explore bullying issues and scenarios.
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, aged between 9 and 18, took part in activities including Dragon’s Den pitches and creative workshops led by celebrities. Twist and Pulse led the dance workshop, Vince Kidd ran singing, Arthur Landon and Funda Onal led drama, Blizzard led rap, Positive Arts led graffiti, Speakers Trust led public speaking and the Dead Poets led Poetry and Rhyme.
Jodie Marsh, inspirational Educating Essex Headteacher Vic Goddard, Facebook Policy Director, Campaigner Robert Mullaney and 12 year old Anti-Bullying Ambassador Georgeluca sat on the panel and answered questions from Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Jodie Marsh said: “The Diana Award National Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Conference is a great event that brings hundreds of young people together to stop bullying. I wish there was an Anti-Bullying programme that was available to me when I was younger.”
Diana Award Ambassadors Twist and Pulse; Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy, ran two dance workshops with 80 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Ashley and Glen said: “As proud Ambassadors of the Diana Award we can’t wait to lead the dance workshops with the young people, we hope that we can help increase their confidence. The Diana Award National Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Conference is a fantastic event that empowers young people to come together and stand up to bullies.”
The Diana Award run a peer led bullying prevention programme, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, in 600 schools and youth organisations throughout England. Over 3,000 young people have received training and gained new skills to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in their schools and communities.
Latest statistics reveal that 93% of young people who received training from the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme are more able and informed to speak to students and staff about how to tackle bullying. 93% of the Ambassadors surveyed have gained more skills and expertise in helping other people.
Tessy Ojo, Executive Director of the Diana Award said: “The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme is delighted to report that since training 78% of Ambassadors felt that the levels of bullying have reduced in their school or college. The Anti-Bullying Programme is designed to empower young people and provide the tools and confidence to campaign against bullying. These statistics show that the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme provides the most appropriate vehicle for preventing and supporting young victims of bullying. In order to continue running the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme we need funding and welcome investment.”