Local Heroes – Anti Bullying Roadshows
The Local Heroes organisation works to raise awareness of prejudice-based bullying and/or hate crime.
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They work closely with schools to inspire young people from all backgrounds to challenge intolerance and prevent bullying both on and offline.
Local Heroes approached the PCC for a grant of £1500 to fund two Dorset roadshows. The first session was held at the Bournemouth AFC Vitality Stadium in October 2016, attended by ten Dorset schools.They took part in a variety of sessions lead by a trained youth worker with the support of a ‘Hero’ – usually a famous personality such as sports stars who had experience of bullying or hate crime, or who could act as inspiration to the attendees.
The roadshows are designed to make students consider their behaviour and its impact on others. As with all roadshows held by Local Heroes, the PCC funded shows were closely monitored and schools assessed both before and after the event to monitor any changes the programme had on behaviour. Each school is encouraged to develop a school culture in which bullying and hate-crime are not tolerated and would be disclosed immediately. By doing this and attending the workshops, participating schools have become a safer environment for young people with reduced levels of hate crime and bullying.
Feedback from schools following the event incuded statements such as :
- With the help of Local Heroes , students were able to addres issues of intolerance and discrimination
- The Students greatly enjoyed meetign these inspiring people and exploring ways in which they can challenge intoernace and will look to share these in college..
Dan from Local Heroes said: “The generosity of the Safer Dorset Fund has allowed Local Heroes to build on the foundations that it established in Dorset in 2014. The funding has allowed us to deliver two of our flagship Local Hero’s Roadshows in the county this year and double the reach and impact of our anti-bullying and hate crime awareness building work. Our thanks go to Safer Dorset Fund for helping us #calltimeout on bullying and hate crime.
Find out more information about Local Heroes and the work they do.