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Dorset Schools Introduce Anti Bullying Ambassadors

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8:06am 29th January 2014
(Updated 12:44pm 29th January 2014)

Ten primary and secondary schools have come together to train 'Anti-Bullying Ambassadors' in Dorset.

Charity YoungMinds revealed recently that children in the UK are amongst the unhappiest in the world and say part of that's down to bullying. According to a survey they carried out, half of the young people in Britain say they have been bullied.

Around one hundred children took part in the training programme at Budmouth college in Weymouth yesterday (Tuesday, 28th of January).

The anti-bullying programme was hosted by the Diana Charity and included practical and written exercises and activities.

The schools involved were:

Budmouth College
Wey Valley School
Weymouth College
Queen Elizabeth School
Sir John Colfox School
Shaftesbury School
Twynham School
Radipole Junior School
Holy Trinity School
St John's Primary School

Dom Harris is in Year Ten and goes to Budmouth College. He asked to take part in the programme and explained why the event was so important to him, "I personally experienced bullying at a young age at my old primary school so I wanted to help stop that, especially if it's at secondary school because it stopped for me when I went there. I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else and I'm trying to prevent it as much as I can, and so are my friends as well."

Kieran Stanbridge from the Diana Charity, who run the course, said he was very impressed with the young people's efforts, "I think it's been absolutely amazing - like the ideas they've been coming up with this morning which they can take back to their own schools. It's all about making you, as an anti-bullying ambassador, cool; and saying that bullying is not cool. These guys have been so creative and so passionate about what they've been doing today, I've been blown away, it's probably the best training event I've had so far!"

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