Published on 18 November 2016

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Make a stand | Make a difference | Make yourself heard

These statements are what the YMA stands for, we believe that young people thrive when given the opportunities to express themselves freely.

However, this doesn’t mean to the harm of other people’s feelings. Bulling is rubbish for all involved.

Anti-Bullying Week is a yearly event that takes place to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. This year, Anti-Bullying Week is running between 14-18 November.

Our differences are what make us great, and everyone is entitled to be respected for them.

In 2015 25,700 young people called ChildLine about bullying.

The YMA has been created by young people for young people. The initiative will give youth in south Lewisham (specifically, Beckenham Hill, Bellingham and Downham) access to new opportunities and the chance to lead on projects that will make a real difference to the community.

The YMA HUB takes place each week (Tuesdays during term time at The Green Man, 5-7pm), it’s a space for Young Makers to come together and gain new skills in areas like music production, urban art and design. These new skills will then be put into action through the delivery of exciting neighbourhood projects that the whole community can enjoy. At the YMA HUB young people can have fun and feel good about themselves. The YMA is all about celebrating the power of youth and encouraging Young Makers to use their #powerforgood!

If you need help or advice about bullying there are helplines and websites that can provide you with information and support:

ChildLine is a free and confidential 24-hour helpline for anyone under 19 in the UK. They offer advice and support for any issues, by phone, email or 1-2-1 counsellor chats. Call 0800 1111.

EACH aim to reduce discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. They have an actionline for young people experiencing homophobic and transphobic bullying. The number is 0808 1000 143 and is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

There’s also some helpful information and advice on bullying here:

ChildLine – advice and tips

Kidscape – Dealing with bullying

If you are being bullied, the important thing is to let someone know. If you don’t feel that you can talk to someone you know, contact one of the charities above – they want to help. You have a right to be heard.