The Basildon Borough Youth Council (BBYC) has been awarded the prestigious Diana Award for their work on an anti-bullying campaign.
The CYBERSTOP anti-bullying video, made by the youth council is now being used by Essex Police in schools across Basildon. This was in direct response to the council’s plans to attempt to eliminate cyber-bullying, as identified at the 2014 youth conference.
Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 42,000 young people who have contributed to making a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. The Diana Award has an ethos that young people should be encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and they should be engaged in social action as early in life as possible.
Councillor Terri Sargent, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for community said: “Basildon Council is extremely proud of its youth council. The Diana Award will encourage them to continue their fantastic anti-bullying work and will hopefully inspire others to take a stand against bullying.”
The award, set up in memory of the late Princess Diana, believes young people have the power to change the world and has received support from people such as David Cameron and Prince William and Harry.
Ellen Burrell, the chair of the BBYC upon receiving the award said : “We are delighted and are so proud of the achievement. This group worked very hard to make sure that victims of bullying have a voice, if we have even changed one person’s life through the CYBERSTOP project we will be really happy.”
The CYBERSTOP video will continued to be use across schools in Basildon and the surrounding areas.
Image courtesy of Basildon Borough Youth Council