A group of young people from North Hampshire have teamed up under the name “Nomorebullying”to provide support and advice to their peers in time for the launch of Anti-bullying week on November 17. The group is being supported by Safer North Hampshire, which is comprised of the community safety teams of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hart District Council and Rushmoor Borough Council.*
Founding member, Brandon Henry, 14, of Fleet, said: “I set up “Nomorebullying” in February this year inspired by my girlfriend, who was being bullied at school and online. I decided to do something about it, so I looked online at the Childline website and eventually had the idea of creating my own group. I created a Facebook page and went from there to planning events and assemblies in school to raise awareness of this subject.
“Some of my friends have helped me and been by my side for the whole journey, which means so much to me. People should not have to go through such a traumatic time in their life. I do not want money for the group or anything like that – I just simply want people to be happy. I want to achieve that- I started this campaign and I’m going to see it work.”
Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Manager Caroline Ryan said: “We at Safer North Hampshire, were delighted when Brandon approached us to ask for our support with his “Nomorebullying” campaign. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to tackle the issues that most affect our communities, and bullying within our school communities is definitely something we would like to help end. We have worked with “Nomorebullying” to produce a leaflet that provides victims, bullies, teachers and parents with useful information about how best to deal with issues surrounding bullying. We know that young people can easily stray into antisocial behaviour and crime, and that early intervention is the best way to ensure positive outcomes, so helping bullies to understand the impact that they have on others is a great way to prevent their behaviour from escalating. Early intervention for victims also ensures that they do not experience the long-term effects that bullying can have on their self- esteem and confidence. It’s a win win.”
‘Nomorebullying’ has created an online anonymous survey and is asking all secondary school children in North Hampshire to complete it. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in and can be found at www.hart.gov.uk/bullying-survey.
To view our Nomorebullying booklet please click here.