For national anti-bullying week, students from Greater Manchester have taken part in workshops to tackle discrimination and bullying.
The workshops are being delivered by award-winning arts company, Art with Heart. This is thanks to funding from Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd. Lloyd dropped in to see a workshop being delivered in Blackley, Manchester.
Lloyd said: “Today’s bullying is tomorrow’s hate crime. Exploring issues of equality, discrimination and tolerance is vital”. Thus, if bullying is tackled, relationships will be built on tolerance, understanding and respect.
The project is one of many across Manchester to be funded by Lloyd. They have been designed to help build safer communities and reduce demand of police services. Lloyd hopes that there will be a new round of funding. He also hopes that youth will come forward with their ideas.
Art with Heart’s Rachel Moorhouse said: “We…see the devastating impact that bullying has on their health, behaviour and self-esteem”.
Moorhouse said that workshops offer young local students an opportunity to explore what discrimination and equality mean. Workshops discover “…what they want their world to look like and how to make change happen.”
Art with Heart have been working with students across Greater Manchester. They have worked with Stockport School, Co-operative Academy in Blackley, and UTC@MediaCityUK in Salford.
The workshops have been informed by recent research carried out by anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label. Over 1.5 million children have been bullied in the last year, with just under 150,000 being bullied every single day.
Art with Heart tackle difficult subjects with honesty, warmth and hope. Since 2010, the company has produced numerous theatre productions and arts projects.
Workshops such as these ensure that people from diverse backgrounds are embraced. These events help to uplift the community.