Youthact! Project in
Derbyshire Dales

Anti-Bullying Squad

Shona, Georgia, Harriet and youth worker Brenda make up the Anti-Bullying squad.

Project started: May 2006

The group all go to a school in Bakewell where they have all been the victims of bullying. Their aim is to challenge bullies at the school by making bullies aware of the impact that bullying has on victims.

After following six weeks of Youth Act training, the group returned to Bakewell and started to talk to other young people about their campaign. By June they had recruited 20 young people and together they set up the Bakewell Youth Forum aimed at tackling a wide range of issues that concern young people including bullying.

One of their first actions involved setting up a drop-in centre for young people in Bakewell led by young people and staffed by adult volunteers who they recruited through adverts in their local paper. They have also put in a fundraising bid to the Lottery Fund to contribute to the running costs of the centre.

Their next goal is to work on bullying in local schools. They started these plans off in November 2006 when they manned the local youth service's mobile information unit during Anti-Bullying Week talking to young people about how to deal with bullying in schools.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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