A BOROUGH charity is celebrating its first year of helping victims of bullying.
South Tyneside Against Bullying (Stab) was set up by teenager Callum Carr last September after a spate of online bullying led to a number of suicides around the country.
The 16-year-old, from South Shields, has gathered a group of volunteers who offer advice and support for people being bullied.
Volunteers, who are trained in counselling, have been working from home, but are soon to move into their new home, alongside community station Hive Radio, at Bede’s World in Church Bank, Jarrow.
Callum said: “We’ve had a really good first year. Obviously when we first started, not many people knew about us, but now we’ve been nominated and shortlisted for a few awards, so we’re starting to get our name out there.
“We’ve been working with Coun Tracey Dixon recently too, and she wants us to go into schools in South Tyneside from September to give talks about bullying.
“Our counsellors are also being trained in domestic abuse, so we’re reaching out to a wider variety of people and trying to help people of all ages.”
South Tyneside Against Bullying offers support 24 hours a day to people in need, through its helpline and an online chat service on its website.
Callum added: “We’re hoping to just continue to get bigger and better and help even more people.
“Hopefully in the next year we’ll take on more volunteers, and be trained in more areas of counselling and help even more people.”
The charity is set to mark its anniversary with a special fundraising concert at The County pub in Sunderland Road, South Shields.
The gig, on Saturday, September 6, will feature performances from town band The Waiters and singer Lily Brooke Widdowson, who are both previous winners of Young Performer of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards, singer Chelsea Wood and street dance group Inaudible.
It runs from 6pm to 9pm and tickets cost £2 on the door.
To find out more about South Tyneside Against Bullying, go to the website stabantibullying.weebly.com or www.facebook.com/STynesideAgainstBullying
To contact the charity for help, call 0843 886 8135 or 07447 637445 or use the online chat function on the website.