Last Wednesday, the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board's B-Safe team and HeadStart Wolverhampton came together to organise a series of anti-bullying workshops at the Molineux, with primary age children attending in the morning and secondary students in the afternoon. Every young person participated in a series of workshops lead by organisations including Central Youth Theatre, Action Work, The Switch Project, West Midlands police, and the HeadStart team. Activities included discussion sessions, creative arts, role play and music.
Steve Dodd, board member for the Young Person's Safeguarding Board for the City of Wolverhampton, had this to say "It's really important for events like this to show the young people the impact of bullying, and to gain their insights and opinions on how to best tackle bullying head on."
The day was a huge success, with students making posters, writing music, forming pledges and building their confidence in verbal and body language techniques for dealing with bullying situations. Sunita Pallan-Jhalli, the HeadStart Young Person Engagement Senior Coordinator said "It's so important to have events like this within our city. The B-Safe team have done very well over the years tackling this particular issue and I believe will continue to do so in the foreseeable future."
Video footage from the workshops
A number of young members from the B-Safe team attended to help support the event, supporting the sessions and sharing their own personal experiences. One of them, Brandon Leadbetter had this to say "I feel like I can inspire other young people to take action in my city, events like this allow use to have a real impact on all generations"