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York schools encouraged to ‘Make a Noise’ about bullying

12th October 2015

Free anti-bullying workshops are being offered to schools across York to tie in with National Anti-Bullying Week next month with it’s theme of ‘making a noise’ to combat bullying in the playground. 

The initiative - organised by health and wellbeing provider Benenden and the York City Football Club Foundation - will aim to reach more than 2500 primary school children across York. Schools are being invited to sign up for the workshops – with Wigginton Primary School already on board to take part.

The sessions will focus on ‘making a noise’ about bullying and will look at what to do if children feel they are being bullied or if they see others being bullied. The importance of equality and diversity will also be explored as well as issues around online bullying.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “Childhood bullying is unacceptable in any form and can have a very serious impact on the mental health of children. Online bullying has become a frequent topic in the news so the opportunity to play a part in tackling this with the York City Football Club Foundation was important to us.

“It’s essential that children are encouraged to talk about bullying and helping them to deal with such issues, which is why we’ve designed these sessions to be fun and engaging as well as informative.  We really hope that the workshops will show the pupils the importance of speaking up about bullying and help to make a positive difference in schools.”

Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager of York City FC Foundation said, “We are keen to use the club’s position in the local community to provide good role models and helping educate young people about the importance of equality is a big part of that. We are delighted to have Benenden on board as main community sponsor once again so we can work together to carry out this kind of activity with so many local schools.”

The Sing Stars Choir from Wigginton Primary School, the first school to sign up for the workshop will mark the launch of the anti-bullying programme with a special performance to ‘make a noise’ about bullying.

Jessa Liversidge, who leads the choir said: “It’s important to us to be involved in this anti-bullying initiative and bringing the children together to encourage them to raise their voices against bullying in all its forms. The workshops are a great idea to reinforce the messages about anti-bullying and encouraging all children to speak up if they see bullying in the playground.”

The workshops will take place throughout November with the participating children having the opportunity to enter a competition to design an anti-bullying poster, with the winning designs being printed for the schools.

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