Images: Anti-Bullying Alliance & Love Your Neighbour.
Next week (14th-18th November 2016) is national Anti-Bullying Week! This will kick-start our new theme: We are Powerful – let’s use our Power for Good to tackle bullying.
Anti-bullying week is an annual event, to help schools and other organisations focus on tackling bullying, and building positive, peaceful cultures instead. The topic for 2016 is ‘Power for Good’, and the Anti-Bullying Alliance is encouraging everyone to use their Power for Good by:
- “understanding the ways in which they are powerful” and
- “encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.”
Although Anti-Bullying Week is focussed on schools, our theme ‘We are Powerful’ will be encouraging people to spread the love and create a positive culture anywhere that bullying might take place: schools, workplaces, online and in the community. We’ll be sharing some top tips from our sister organsiation Peacemakers (West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project) on how to do just that.
So we’re delighted that the same week, the Love Your Neighbour campaign is holding a ‘Week of Kindness’ across Birmingham. We can’t each do everything, but we can all do something: whether speaking out when we see bullying, offering a small act of kindness, or helping change structures to be more inclusive.
The week will be a great chance for everyone to come together and celebrate peaceful communities – but it’ll just be the start of our theme, which will run through to the end of January (with a short break over Christmas.)
So pop into Peace Hub throughout that time, to: find out more, have your say, and take action!