Two anti-bullying workshops were held by a UK charity in Jersey schools last week at the request of a young Islander.
Over a period of two days, the anti-bullying team from The Diana Award charity ran workshops at both d’Auvergne School and Highlands College, with the students who took part subsequently becoming anti-bullying ambassadors.
The programme aims to empower students and staff through a holistic and peer-led approach by engaging them to change the attitudes, behaviours, and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline.
Last year Tom Hughes (17) was the first young person from Jersey to be awarded The Diana Award for his voluntary work for St John Ambulance Jersey. The award is given to young people who go above
and beyond in their community.
Mr Hughes said he got the idea to invite the anti-bullying team to Jersey while volunteering as a care worker and hearing from co-workers that their children had experienced bullying at school and that they felt there was a problem with bullying in Island schools.
‘The aim of the workshops and training is to get as many students in Jersey schools trained as anti-bullying ambassadors so they can help to deal with the bullying that’s happening,’ he said.
‘And hopefully it will also reduce the amount of bullying that’s happening and raise awareness of how we can prevent it.’
The first session on Thursday at d’Auvergne was attended by the new Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, and assistant minister Deputy Jeremy Maçon.
Mr Hughes is due to host the 2018 London Diana Awards on Monday 23 July at Canary Wharf. The event will be attended by celebrities and dignitaries from across the UK.