A teenager is gearing up to relaunch his anti-bullying group in South Tyneside.
Callum Carr created South Tyneside Against Bullying in 2013 to provide support to victims.
We have worked hard and looking forward to the re-launch.Callum Carr
However, he says he almost called it a day after being criticised by South Tyneside Council over the running of the project.
But the 17-year-old has come back fighting after overhauling the group’s governance, policies and procedures.
The teenager – along with other volunteers at the not-for-profit group – is now looking forward to the relaunch of the project and providing web and telephone support services.
Callum said: “When we were criticised by the council, it did knock my confidence and there was a time when I thought about giving up.
“But I just kept thinking about those who might need us and decided to I didn’t want to.
“We are receiving the help of Dave Wood, who has gone through all the paperwork and have also received a lot of support from Annie Mullins from Ask.fm for UK and Europe.
“We have all worked really hard and we are all looking forward to the relaunch, and the launch of our new services.”
From August 10, South Tyneside Against Bullying will be providing a 16-hour, seven-days a week international live web chat support and a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone support for those living in the UK.
In the run-up to the re-launch project members will be out and about around South Tyneside handing out flyers and promoting the services.
Meanwhile, the project is on the lookout for trained counsellors or student counsellors who can volunteer with the organisation.
Additional training is being offered and all counsellors will undergo an enhanced DBS check.
To apply, people can email SouthTynesideAgainstBullying@gmail.com or inbox the group’s official Facebook page www.facebook.com/STynesideAgainstBullying