Engage, Empower, Inspire
Bullying behaviour affects 1 in 2 young people and 1 in 3 adults and can have a devastating impact on a person's mental wellbeing. Raising awareness of bullying, educating people of the effects it has on a person, and changing attitudes and behaviours is what BulliesOut aspires to do every day.
Operating across the UK since 2006, BulliesOut aims to empower children, young people and adults to overcome bullying behaviour, recognise their self-worth and achieve their full potential.
This year during Anti-Bullying week People's Postcode Lottery are aiming to shed a light on two wonderful charities - both BulliesOut and NSPCC who provide support to victims of bullying, through their service Childline.
Bullying behaviour has been prevalent in schools since schools became a formalised place of education, and this age-old problem not only still exists, but it is spiralling out of control and affecting many people day after day.
"As we adapt to advances in technology and social media, online-bullying is an area that is constantly evolving." BulliesOut Team Member.
The recent rise of online-bullying incidents highlights the dangerous and harmful ways in which technologies can be manipulated to harass or degrade others. As technology has become more accessible and embedded in daily life, many people have rapidly found themselves dealing with the fallout of abuse and misuse of the internet, mobile phones and more.
At BulliesOut, in addition to their e-mentoring and counselling support, their innovative anti-bullying workshops and training programmes are designed to reduce bullying in schools and the workplace.
Delivering empowering youth engagement programmes that encourage young people to take a stand against bullying and make a difference in their communities is essential. Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has raised £18,765 for BulliesOut. This vital funding means that the motivational Engage, Empower, Inspire programme can continue. Funding was awarded through Postcode Community Trust.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "It can be incredibly difficult for people, young and old, to speak out about bullying. That is why I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery have been able to support the incredible work of BulliesOut who actively work with children, young people and adults to give them the tools to overcome bullying behaviour and allow them to reach their full potential without fear of bullying."
More Than Just Support
The Engage, Empower, Inspire programme encourages young people to become a BulliesOut Youth or Mini Ambassador. The programme creates a sense of belonging, independence, and empowerment, as well as helping children and young people to develop social and decision-making skills, build their sense of competence and motivating them to achieve.
A Positive Impact
Linda James MBE, BulliesOut Founder & CEO, said, "Through building the skills, confidence and personal development of children and young people, they are encouraged to engage in social action and help make a difference to not only their own lives, but the lives of others within their community.
"Educating and empowering children and young people to speak out about bullying behaviour and promote kindness and inclusion in their schools and communities is powerful and players of People's Postcode Lottery have played a pivotal role in helping BulliesOut make this happen."
Making A Difference
People's Postcode Lottery players are helping deserving causes like BulliesOut make a difference every single day. Read more about the range of Charities which our players support.