A young South Tyneside man has been shortlisted for a national award for his anti-bullying work.
Callum Carr, 20 who is the founder of South Tyneside Against Bullying, has been shortlisted in the 2018 National Diversity Awards.
Callum, who has worked tirelessly over the past five years to be the voice for the North East when it comes to topics such as anti bullying, internet safety and young people’s mental health, has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model Award.
More than 120 nominees have been recognised for their various achievements nationwide.
Amongst those are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.
Callum has been at the heart of creating and launching the region’s support services for children, young people and adults who are impacted by bullying.
I’m so overwhelmed to hear the news that I have been shortlisted for this prestigious awardCallum Carr
He has educated thousands of young people across the globe including in the Philippines and has made an international difference with his anti bullying message.
Callum said: “I’m so overwhelmed to hear the news that I have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.
“In September we will celebrate the success and the anniversary of South Tyneside Against Bullying and I couldn’t be any prouder to be celebrating this achievement alongside our fifth anniversary.
“I want to be able to dedicate this huge achievement to young people out there that are facing difficult times and I want them to know that anything, whether it’s little or large, can be achieved.”
Callum was nominated by several different people, one said: “Callum has taken on the fight against bullying and built up an exceptional support network and education programme across the area.
“He has worked tirelessly and closely with other agencies to promote a very successful anti bullying campaign. He deserves to be recognised for his selfless hard work. Inspirational young man.”
Another said: “Callum’s enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge around the cause, which obviously takes up a lot of his time, is beyond amazing.
“For such a young man to be so focused and strong, is an inspiration, not only to young people, but an inspiration to us all.
“Callum’s past and ongoing work that he achieves at the front line of his organisation absolutely deserves to be recognised and applauded.
“It’s not often in life you come to meet such a brave and inspiring young man. I feel privileged to have met him and to learn about all the truly wonderful things that he does at South Tyneside Against Bullying.”
Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony in September alongside television presenter Brian Dowling.
Callum said: “To be referred to as a positive role model for young people is truly mind blowing especially as I’m only 20 myself.”