Celebrate #PRIDE!

Every summer, Pride celebrations take place around the world in celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month. Pride is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community (including Allies – people who support them) to campaign for equality and gain recognition, but most importantly celebrate being your true self.

Therefore, pride is an opportunity for us all to show solidarity for equality regardless of our sexuality, gender or culture.

So how can we all get involved? Here are 6 simple ways:

1) Remember everyone deserves to valued regardless of their identity and make this known to people. A great way to do this is on social media! It’s super easy. We recently went rainbow - the colour scheme shown to support pride - across all of social media channels. You can also tweet, post, use filter and hashtags, use quotes, share articles and share links. The options are endless! Whatever platform you’re most fond of, be it Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc. you can use it to show your support in the fight for equality.

2) Get involved with great organisations that support the LGBTQ+ community: As a an organisation that believes young people are the future, one of the ways we encourage you to get involved is help support the thousands of young people who are struggling with discrimination, homelessness and negative life experiences due to their identity. LGBT youth centres are often underfunded and not adequately supported - a worrying fact considering that these centres are safe havens for many of the youths coming to terms with their LGBTQ+ identities. You can help these centres by raising awareness, donating and even volunteering. But there are many more initiatives that support the LGBTQ+ community that could use your help. If you want to support the LGBTQ+ services in your area you can find them here: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/whats-my-area

3) Attend a Pride event! Join the days of fun, campaigning and love that are all over the country. We recently attended London Pride with all of our Anti-Bullying Pro gear in tow, to show our support.

So go along to an event; appreciate the community, the diversity and the pride! Find your nearest pride event here: http://www.prideorganisers.uk/find-a-pride

4) Wear your support! You can visit our visit our website and purchase one of our rainbow ‘Diversity’ wristbands. These show the message of self-love and acceptance loud and clear; which happen to be two very important parts of LGBTQ+ pride. “Be who you are and be who you want to be”. Furthermore, the proceeds go towards training young people to change attitudes, behaviours and cultures that threaten equality for all. http://www.antibullyingpro.com/store

5) Consider the LGBTQ+ policies in your school and work place: Make your school/work/social environment more inclusive and help advance equality in your community. Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at Hereward College in Coventry recently approached their SLT and worked with them to create and LGBTQ+ Policy that protects all young people and staff against discrimination. Think about how you can make your community a happier place for all!

6) Lastly, simply show some and love and kindness… …To someone you know who identifies as LGBTQ+ or is struggling to accept themselves but also to all those from varying communities all the name of equality.

Visiting Helsinki with Supercell and The Diana Awards youth board

Visiting Helsinki with Supercell and The Diana Awards youth board

On the 23/03/17 I had the privilege, as well as 9 others, to travel to Helsinki in Finland. Being chosen to be part of the Supercell youth board was just out of this world, knowing that eventually something amazing will come out of this and just being able to help other people is gold in my eyes.

New Partnership With School Uniform Supplier Trutex and The Diana Award!

Over 100 children and staff members from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire will today (2 March 2017) meet at a Rochdale school to discuss bullying and receive unique training from The Diana Award to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for their school. The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change their world.

The session is designed so that students will leave the day feeling inspired and full of fantastic ideas to tackle bullying, something that can impact nearly a third* of children, in both their schools and communities.

The event will cover:

  • Understanding the issues of bullying; facts, the effects and definition of bullying.
  • Practical ideas and top tips and exploring bullying scenarios in groups.
  • Developing the skills needed to support others and stay safe on and offline.
  • Gaining inspiration from other schools.
  • Action planning – helping students to think of a plan to take back to their school which will set targets and aims for tackling bullying
  • As well as staff training on their role, legalities and supporting the students being trained.

At the same time the event is also being used to announce a new partnership between The Diana Award and Trutex which will see a number of similar activities taking place across the country in 2017 focussed on anti-bullying.

As part of the partnership Trutex is also launching a hashtag #bTRU2u which will be supported by a dedicated micro-site www.trutexbtru2u.co.uk that will carry more information on the subject which will also be promoted by the company’s stockists across the UK.

Katy Hill, Trutex ambassador said: “As a parent I think today’s initiative is essential in raising awareness around the subject of bullying. The work that The Diana Award is doing is groundbreaking in terms of raising this issue with both pupils and teachers. I can’t think of another programme that empowers in such a positive way and addresses this problem that affects nearly one in three children in the UK.”

Matthew Easter, managing director Trutex said: “We’ve been making school uniforms for over 150 years and are very aware of the negative impact bullying can have. It is for this reason that we have decided to partner with The Diana Award and their significant commitment to helping students through training, mentoring and support programmes. Our newly launched anti-bullying initibTRU2u will help further support anti-bullying in our schools and communities.”

Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award said: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Trutex on this initiative. We know the positive and life-changing impact our anti-bullying programme has – it’s about giving young people the skills to regulate their own behaviour as well as giving them the responsibility for the wellbeing of their peers. This is a particularly special year for the Diana Award as, twenty years on, we celebrate her qualities of kindness, compassion and service. The young people being trained today will be putting these qualities into practical action.”