Anti-bullying scheme is up for an award

AIMING FOR BETTER ... South Tyneside Against Bullying founder Callum Carr.
AIMING FOR BETTER ... South Tyneside Against Bullying founder Callum Carr.

A PROJECT which helps bullied teens in South Tyneside has been praised as “absolutely phenomenal”.

South Tyneside Against Bullying has been nominated for the What’s On Where award for the way it had spread awareness of the issue, both internationally as well as closer to home.

The project has been running for just over a year and has already recorded more than 12,000 website visits.

One nomination said: “They certainly do deserve this award. The hard work and efforts they put into make this organisation is absolutely phenomenal.”

The project was shortlisted in the Contribution to Culture section of last year’s competition and is hoping to go one better this time.

Founder Callum Carr set up South Tyneside Against Bullying just over a year ago after a spate of online bullying led to a number of suicides around the country.

The project is “going well” but Callum added: “We always look to do better.”

The scheme is currently carrying out a review of its organisation so that it can expand what it does in the future.

Callum added: “People ask me what it took to set this up. It took me £30 to start it and now we have got a team of mentors.”

Another nomination said: “The organisation does great work for people in their area who suffer at the hands of bullying, in whatever form it takes. The team works extremely hard and they deserve to be recognised for that work.

“I am always impressed by them.”

The awards nomination reflects the work that the project has done up to now, but a spokesperson from South Tyneside Against Bullying said: “South Tyneside Against Bullying are currently carrying our a review within our organisation and at this moment in time any support networks have been suspended and regular updates are given on our website and social media.

“We hope to be back in no time, however, we are still offering our support pages on our website for anyone in desperate need and our main switchboard 08 number is active and any missed calls we receive will be contacted back as soon as possible within 24 hours.”

South Tyneside Against bullying joins an impressive list of entrants for this year’s awards, which are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7. But we want more.

We want you to nominate your favourites in the categories listed on this page. The deadline for entries is February 5. We will reveal the winners on February 26 in a glittering finale at the Best Western Roker Hotel.

To nominate, either fill in the form on this page or enter at http://www.shieldsgazette.com or www.sunderlandecho.com.

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