College supports national anti-bullying campaign

College supports national anti-bullying campaign

A campaign aimed at resigning bullying to history is taking place across the country this November!

Running between 11 and 15 November, Anti Bullying Week encourages schools, colleges and the public to gain a greater understanding of the concept of respecting others and their differences.

Suffolk New College in Ipswich has backed the movement that has a theme called ‘change starts with us’ this year.

During the week, staff and students at Suffolk New College are wearing odd socks and shoes to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.

In addition to this, a host of local support groups including everyone from Suffolk Police to The Samaritans – are attending to support and advice to staff and students.

Alison Allum is a student support team leader at the college and is helping to organise events. She said, “We want to champion the fact that everyone should be treated fairly and we also want to make people aware of the support that is available to them, if they so need it.”

Nina Livermore is the safeguarding and student support manager. She said, “We are passionate about making sure that it (bullying) doesn’t happen in our place of learning. We are a diverse and unique group at the college and we want this to celebrate this, embrace our differences and raise awareness of this great campaign.”

Marketing manager, Craig Shimmon, said, “As a college we pride ourselves on the support that we offer our students. This campaign is one of many that we highlight throughout the year to ensure that whatever circumstances you find yourself in, we will go out of our way to help you. We would like to thank all of the many local companies that are working with us on this.”