Ditch the Label

Hey guys! So in this weeks blog post I wanted to write about one of the anti-bullying organisations that I had mentioned in last weeks blog post.

At the start of this year I had an account called Ditch the Label follow me on Twitter. I had never heard of it before, it sounded pretty cool and so I checked it out. Turns out they are “one of the largest pro-equality and anti-bullying charities in the world. Their award-winning work spans across the UK, USA and Mexico; promoting equality and empowering people aged 12-25 to overcome bullying. They are a digital charity, which means that most of their support is provided online through their website and partnerships with games and social networks.”

After checking them out I honestly can’t get enough of them! What they do is an amazing thing! They have estimated that someone will benefit from their support every 3 minutes, I don’t know about you but I think that is pretty amazing. Their website is absolutely stunning to look at, I could look at it for hours, in fact I actually have been on their website for hours. They have so many different blog posts about different topics. All the research they have done is on their website too.

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Above is a slide show of some of the screenshots that I have taken of their website, look how pretty it is! I honestly love it!

At the top of their website they have 4 buttons, “I need help”, “Campaigns”, “I want to help”, and a search button. If you click on the “I need help” button it goes onto a page where you can search the keyword for the situation, once you type in the keyword, a bunchcapturedddddd of different blog posts and advice comes up. Under the “Campaigns” button, obviously there are campaigns, they are really interesting to look at, and inspiring. Under the “I want to help” button, there are loads of different ways for someone to help, you can donate or help in other kinds of ways.

Honestly their whole website and what they stand for is so inspiring. It’s beautiful! A lot of people know that it exists, by that I mean thousands of people. They have helped so many people and it is so amazing. Although I didn’t know that it existed until they followed me. I’m so glad that they did, I’m in love with their website and what they do.

If you need help or want to help then please do check this out, they do amazing work and its incredible to be apart of.

If you want to check them out I will leave some of their links below:

Website: http://www.ditchthelabel.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DitchtheLabel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DitchtheLabel/

I know that one of you from this organisation are going to read this, I just want to say a massive thank you for what you do, it truly is amazing! Keep it up!

Okay, so that’s it from me this week, posted a little later than usual but it’s up. I wanted to take the time to write about this organisation because since getting in contact with them and looking at what they are doing more closely it really has inspired me to keep writing. Thank you so much! Thank you for all the support and thank you for reading. New blog post up next Thursday! Have a great week and keep smiling! Much love – Alison xx

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Anti Bullying Week 2016

Hey guys! So this week is Anti Bullying week! Not very many people seem to knowPrint that, which is kind of disappointing, I haven’t seen any posters or anything like I would usually… Its discouraging… However I have seen a lot about it on certain Anti Bullying organisation sites / social media (as you would expect to), which is great to see!

So anyways, I didn’t know what I wanted to write about this week, I just knew that I wanted to write about this… So here goes…

Did you know that 7 in 10 young people are bullied? Research from Ditch the Label shows that “1 in 2 young people will, at some point experience bullying. As a result, 1 in 3 will self harm, grades will drop and 14% will develop eating disorders. Bullying is a national emergency and continues to undermine the self-esteem, health and potential of millions in the UK.”

Bullying is such a major problem that not that many people seem to take seriously anymore, although I used to believe that no one took it seriously at all. I was very much mistaken. There are people out there that care and can help, friends, counsellors, teachers. Just because one person doesn’t want to help doesn’t mean you should give up.

For a very long time I gave up, I put up with the bullying until I couldn’t take it anymore. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO DO THAT!!!

No one should hate having to go to school because of that (Maybe for other reasons but not that!), no one should have to be worried about walking around on their own or going out in public in fear that they will see someone who bullies them.

It’s unfair and it shouldn’t be happening. I know that it might be hard to stop but there needs to be more support, more support in school, more places that young people should know about and be made aware that it is there to help.

Before counselling was suggested to me I didn’t even know there was that kind of support out there, I knew it existed I just didn’t know where it was. I was unaware of it until someone took the time to speak to me about it.

There are so many anti bullying organisations out there (I will be talking about those soon), there are so many people who want to help and make a difference, it just takes a bit of awareness. Bullying is a horrible thing that I wouldn’t wish on anyone and its a shame there isn’t more support.

One of this years anti bullying week messages is “Power for Good”, it’s such a great idea. Use the negative energy and turn it into something positive. We all have a little bit of power, but why not use it positively? Use it to benefit others?

If you are being bullied, please, please, please tell someone. It will help, I promise. It doesn’t mean you are a weak person for talking about it, I don’t know where that even came from. It makes you so strong for being able to talk about it!

Okay, so I know this is short but I wanted to keep it short and sweet. There is a lot more information online about anti bullying week. There is so much support online. So many forums where you can speak to other people who are going through the same thing as you. Thank you for reading, have a lovely rest of the week. There will be a new blog post up next Thursday. Much love – Alison xx

Volunteering for The Royal British Legion

Hey guys! So since it’s the 11th November tomorrow and its Remembrance Sunday in a fewrbl-banner days, I thought I would write a blog post about what I have been doing the past few years as it means a lot to me. In case anyone doesn’t know what the Royal British Legion or Poppy Appeal is (Believe me, there are people who don’t, which is shocking to me), they are…

“The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute our iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work we do for the Armed Forces community. Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict. A number of Remembrance events, such as Remembrance Sunday, are held during the Poppy Appeal to commemorate the fallen.” – http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/poppy-appeal-2016/what-is-the-poppy-appeal/

14937286_10207305284734679_3815921577784883684_nI’ve been told that I have been volunteering for 18 years, which to most people doesn’t really make much sense considering I am 18, but my dad has run a Poppy stall for a number of years, way before I was born. I get told by elderly people who come to the table each year that they “remember me when I was a baby”, my dad ended up taking me to the poppy table when he was volunteering.

Since then I have ended up going to the poppy table, year in year out, volunteering for a beautiful charity that has my absolute support. October half term and the first two weeks of November are dedicated to Poppy Collecting. What they do is amazing! I have seen it firsthand and it truly is beautiful. I don’t have enough words to describe how amazing it all is. They help so many servicemen and families. I get told stories about how it has helped people and its incredible! I love that I can help others, especially those who gave their lives for our country.

Below is a YouTube video explaining what the Royal British Legion is and how the “In Flanders Fields” poem exists. (Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the video formatted so it can play automatically but I have left the link below).

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https://youtu.be/UX5hYu3S3U4

In Flanders Fields, By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

I think I’m going to end this blog post here. Thank you so much for reading, I wasn’t really sure about this post but here it is. Much love – Alison xx

My favourite bullying poems

Hey guys, so this week, as I have already posted, I wanted to share a few of my favourite poems about bullying that I have found or been sent. I love these because they are relatable. Thank you! Much love – Alison xx

Cyber Bullying – Not cool.

Some people think
That words on a screen
Don’t mean as much;
So they have the right to be mean.

Those people don’t know
How much it hurts
To be receiving
Those hateful words.

They don’t understand
The power they hold
With each letter they type,
With each word they make bold.

They don’t think a bit
About what might come
When that message receiver
Decides to succumb.

They don’t ever foresee
The dreaded result
Of a person attacked
By an online cult.

The World Wide Web
Was not created
For the ignorant to attack
And the innocent hated.

With every “Like” button pressed
And comment sent,
You give people a taste
Of who you represent.

So next time you’re online
And want to act like a fool,
Just keep in mind
That cyber bullying’s not cool.

http://www.teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/364382/Cyber-Bullying–Not-Cool/

 

Identity – The Bully

They all try to look the same,
All try to give themselves a name.
Pick on the boy who is all alone
Just because his identity is his own
What has this world come to?
All this wrong that people do,
Just for the image they want to show.
Down the evil path they seem to go.

The next person you go to hurt
Or try to make feel like dirt,
Instead of trying to look cool
Feel for the guy you make look a fool.

A cool identity isn’t a need.
Let those you bully be freed.
Your identity should be your own.
A better person you will be known.

By Jon Evans

https://nobullying.com/poems-about-bullying/

 

A Cyber-Bullying Poem: Troll

A breath of fresh Spring air on wispy warm skies
I sit and contemplate on Cyber’s disguise
Where those behind touch screen are brave and so loud
And shout with a fork tongue nothing to be proud.

Brutality’s intent in words spat with malice
Does the person they attack deserve evil’s chalice?
Would remarks be so forthright whilst met face to face
With those who’s sound honour they online disgrace.

No pause for a calm thought so briskly fierce typing
One you’ve clicked send there’s no time for rewriting
The act is done one poison instant posted
Your wicked intentions will not be warm toasted.

For those who receive hate I indeed sympathise
Not all who inhabit virtual realms are so wise
Ignorance is a blight of their own self creation
That drives them to comments far beyond their station.

Rise above their deeds do not take a bite
For attention and backlash is what they’ve in sight
Report their cruel actions and move onto others
With more positive notions leave trolls to the gutter.

Simon Mack (2014)

https://www.cybersmile.org/blog/a-cyberbullying-poem