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Friends aim to stamp out bullying

PRIDE 2014 ... Laura Johnson, right, from the Simonside Centre, with Friends Against Bullying, who are nominated for Community Group of the Year, in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

PRIDE 2014 ... Laura Johnson, right, from the Simonside Centre, with Friends Against Bullying, who are nominated for Community Group of the Year, in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

A GROUP of schoolchildren are aiming to stamp out bullying in the borough.

Friends Against Bullying meets every two weeks to come up with anti-bullying ideas and strategies.

Now, its work has seen it nominated for Community Group of the Year, in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

The club was put forward for the accolade – sponsored by South Tyneside Homes – by Beverley Palmer, the mum of one of the members.

She said: “The group is involved in promoting anti-bullying throughout South Tyneside, by visiting groups and schools.

“It helps tackle all sorts of problems that affect young people in our borough.”

The group, made up of young people from schools across South Tyneside, meets at the Simonside Centre in St Simon Street, South Shields.

Laura Johnson, young persons’ lead for services for young people, helps run the club.

She said: “Friends Against Bullying has been going for a few years now. It basically started as a way for people to come together and think of ways to help promote the anti-bullying message, and think of strategies to tackle bullying.

“The group also holds an awards ceremony each year.

“The members write to community groups and schools in the borough to ask them to nominate themselves or others who have done something to promote anti-bullying. They invite everyone to the ceremony and present the winners with their awards, so it would be really nice for them to receive an award themselves.

“It’s really important to promote the anti-bullying message. It’s something that comes up a lot as the reason young people are missing school, so it is a big problem.

“It feels fantastic for the group to be nominated for the award and winning would be great recoginition for the brilliant work all the members do.”

Entries are now closed. The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.

Young Performer nominees will be invited to take part in a talent showcase at the Customs House on Thursday, May 8, to help the judges make their decision.

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