Following on from the national Anti-Bullying Week, students from The Ilfracombe Academy took part in a new project originally piloted by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2013. ‘Local Heroes’ is a programme designed to help schools address issues of intolerance and discrimination. The main objectives are to:
- Challenge intolerance amongst young people
- Give young people from all backgrounds the power to achieve their full potential
- Inspire young people to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
Our Students worked with the Local Heroes to talk about issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability and sub-cultures and see the impact that intolerance has. The team delivering the workshops included youth workers from Young Devon, paralympian and captain of the GB blind football team, Keryn Seal and Glen Cosby, ex Head of Sixth Form at Teignmouth Community School and competitor on The Great British Bake Off.
Through a mixture of short films developed specifically for Local Heroes and group discussions, our students were taught how prejudice based bullying can constitute Hate Crime and were given the confidence to recognise and report it. It is hoped that the students taking part will return to school as Local Heroes’ Ambassadors equipped with the knowledge, support and resources to educate their peers.
For more information on the Local Heroes Charity visit www.lhdiversity.org.uk or Twitter @LocalHeroesDC