“Our project’s about bullying and it’s called ‘Bye-Bye Bystander’ because it’s aimed at people who just stand by and watch it happening. We wanted to raise awareness about that and say you should be an upstander and step in to help…”
Eighteen-year-old Lowri Jones and a group of friends drew on their own experiences.
“I’m quite short, and I was bullied at secondary school because of my height and the way I look,” says Lowri, from Blackwood near Caerphilly.
“I was left out by the people I used to hang around with. No-one stepped in to help me. It made me feel really worthless. Alone and isolated.”
Fixers has helped the group create a booklet which tells stories of what it feels like to be a victim of bullying.
Says Lowri: “To someone who is being bullied I’d say ‘you’re not alone’. Almost everyone’s going to have some experience of bullying whether you’re at primary school, secondary school or even in a job. You should look to get help from a friend, a teacher, a colleague, your parents or grandparents. Just someone you know you can trust.”
The booklet also features a young person who realises she has herself become a bully.
“We know that bullies can bully for multiple reasons – because they’ve got low self-esteem and low self-confidence; or perhaps something’s happened to that person at home or maybe they’re being bullied themselves. So we thought we should look at that side of things as well so the bully can get help if they want to.”
The group’s hoping their booklet will be made available in local schools, colleges and youth clubs.
“Even if it helps one person then that would mean the world to me,” says Lowri. “Regardless of whether they are a bully or a target – they know they’re are not alone and help is there if they need it.”
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