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Young people in South Kirkby sock it to the bullies

Young people at the Reachout Hub in South Kirkby, funded by Newground, celebrated what makes them unique for Anti-Bullying Week. 

Anti-Bullying Week took place on the 11th to the 15th November and the theme announced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance was ‘Change Starts With Us’. To get young people thinking about how to tackle bullying the South Kirkby Reachout team wanted to get creative! 

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, Odd Socks Day is a fun and accessible way of celebrating everyone’s individuality. The young people enjoyed creating their own sock puppet as a way to get them thinking about what was unique about them. They also discussed how they could tackle bullying and why we should celebrate that everyone is different.  

Local police community support officers also stopped by to see what the youth group was up to! 

Reachout South Kirkby holds senior and junior sessions once a week for local young people to come and chat with youth workers, who work with young people and the community in all capacities. 

Lucy Keogh, Sustainable Communities Officer, said: “It was great to see the young people think about what is unique about them when designing their puppets! Anti-Bullying Week is important in encouraging young people to celebrate themselves and give them the confidence to tackle bullying they may see in the future. The Anti-Bullying Alliance is right, change does start with us.” 

For more information on Anti-Bullying Week you can visit: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2019-change-starts-us  

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