Award winning anti-bullying charity BulliesOut called on members of the public to #GoPurple for Anti-Bullying Week. The annual UK-wide event took place from the 14th-18th of November and promotes the message that bullying should not be a part of growing up and will not be tolerated.
Eleven year old Rosie, a Young Ambassador from Barry, had a busy Anti-Bullying Week, selling BulliesOut wristbands and pens to her teachers, friends and family; selling tickets for the upcoming Christmas Prize Draw and submitting her drawing for the 2017 BulliesOut Calendar that’s been headed up by fellow Young Ambassador Charlotte.
Rosie explains: “I want people my age to know that bullying isn’t right, no-one should be made to feel upset, excluded or unhappy. Being bullied is understandably stressful and this can affect your school work. Anti-Bullying Week was an opportunity to share the ethos of BulliesOut, that everyone should be treated equally with respect.”
The #GoPurple campaign saw schools, universities and place of work charge just £1 for student and colleagues to don purple for the day and help raise awareness of bullying and the support that is available. Where it was not possible to #GoPurple; purple bake sales were held with purple cakes and cookies being made and sold. Throughout the week participants were encouraged to share their efforts on social media using #GoPurple.
All money raised for the charity will go towards supporting its Young Ambassador programme. The Young Ambassador programme is open to 10-21 year olds across the UK who have been directly affected by bullying. The programme provides confidence, self-esteem and resilience training for young people as well as an opportunity to develop key life skills and an accredited award. Most of the young people who join the Young Ambassador programme have been badly bullied and with the support and training provided, BulliesOut, Empower, Engage and Inspire young people to develop their confidence and skills. These inspirational young people become anti-bullying ambassadors for BulliesOut and go on to make a difference within their local community.
Linda James MBE, CEO of BulliesOut said: “I’d like to thank everyone who got involved with our #GoPurple campaign over Anti-Bullying Week. Bullying is something that touches us all, by either personal experiences or that of friends and family. Anti-Bullying Week allows us to raise awareness of bullying and the effects it can have on a person. Our Young Ambassador programme helps make a difference to young people across the UK, but it also helps raise awareness.
“By taking part in our #GoPurple campaign we hope that those affected by bullying have seen that there is support available to them and they’re not alone.”
BulliesOut works across the UK providing education, training, awareness and support. The charity works to directly address bullying; one of the core reasons affecting the emotional, social and academic well-being of children, young people and adults.
For more information on BulliesOut, including advice on bullying, please visit www.bulliesout.com and follow the charity on Twitter @bulliesout. You can also see the success of the campaign via the hashtag #GoPurple on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.