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Anti-bullying group has a stab at winning award

ITS AN HONOUR .. from left, Julie Arnold, Callum Carr and Shanice Gosling of South Tyneside Against Bullying, which has been nominated for Community Group of the Year.

ITS AN HONOUR .. from left, Julie Arnold, Callum Carr and Shanice Gosling of South Tyneside Against Bullying, which has been nominated for Community Group of the Year.

A GROUP’S work to stamp out bullying in the borough has seen it nominated for a Pride of South Tyneside Award.

South Tyneside Against Bullying (Stab) is up for the Community Group of the Year accolade, which is sponsored by South Tyneside Homes.

The organisation was formed by 16-year-old Callum Carr in response to social networking site, Ask.fm, which was criticised after a number of teen suicides were linked to harrassment through the website.

Callum now has four volunteers who work with him to provide his service in the borough, offering support and advice to people being bullied, and their parents, as well as visiting schools to give talks.

It has also branched out into Scotland, where two volunteers man North Lanarkshire Against Bullying.

Callum, of South Shields, said: “We always have a volunteer available who can speak to people who are being bullied, visit them at home to talk to their parents, or give advice over the internet on our ichat service.

“We also go into schools to give talks to pupils and offer some advice.

“We can also help if people are self-harming, and there’s loads of stuff on our website that people can read through themselves.

“Whatever we can do to help someone, we’ll always try our best.

“One of the main things we do is going out to speak with families of people who are being bullied and tell them about the right tracks they can go down to put a stop to it.”

The group received seven nominations for the award.

To nominate someone for a Pride of South Tyneside award, fill in the form in today’s paper, or do it online by following this link.

One of the nominations came from Phil Hays, of West Boldon, who said: “South Tyneside Against Bullying is an outstanding organisation starting off in the region.

“The work they do is amazing, they help so many young children who are being bullied.”

Michelle Smith, of South Shields, added: “The organisation does a lot in the community for teenagers and young adults.

“They are available so that anyone being bullied, in any form, can contact them for support so that they do not feel isolated or alone.”

Callum added: “It’s an honour to be nominated, and I think winning this award would be a great boost for the group.

“It would tell people who are being bullied, and their parents, that they can trust us to help them.”

To find out more about South Tyneside Against Bullying, visit www.stabantibullying.weebly.com

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