A project which helps bullied teens in South Tyneside has been praised as ‘inspirational’ for the way it tackles an issue which affects young people’s lives every day.
South Tyneside Against Bullying (STAB) has been nominated for a Best of South Tyneside Community Group of the Year award the for the way it had spread awareness of the issue of bullying, both internationally as well as closer to home.
The project, which was founded by 17-year-old Callum Carr from Harton Moor, South Shields, after a spate of online bullying led to a number of suicides around the country. Now it is going from strength to strength with around 26,000 people using their website and a team of 13 volunteers including six counsellors offering their services to those who need it.
One nomination said: “South Tyneside should be proud and honoured to have such an inspirational team in its midst tackling the important issue of bullying that affects children and young people’s lives every day.”
The charity, who also works with ASKfm to tackle the issue, has recently been into supermarkets around the borough to raise awareness of cyber bullying amongst the older generation. They also visit schools to give talks on the issue of bullying and help adults who have experiences bullying in the workplace.
Callum said he was delighted the charity was nominated for a Best of South Tyneside award for a second time.
He said: “It is great to be nominated again. We try to target all ages to give out information and speak to people about bullying.
“We have been giving out fliers to people with information and we have been getting quite a lot of support from people across the country as well as people from Australia and the Philippines.
“Quite a lot of schools ask us to do talks now as people are aware of what we do.
“It is getting quite big and we now have 26,000 people using our website, which for a small local organisation is quite an achievement.”