This weekend (March 19-21, 2010), 27 young people aged 16 – 21 were trained by Stonewall to run their own campaigns in their local communities to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
The V-funded training weekend took place in Buckinghamshire and young people came from all over the country to participate. The weekend consisted of campaign workshops, public speaking coaching and team building games.
Laurie Kay, Stonewall’s Youth Co-ordinator, said: ‘The young people love these special training weekends. It gives them the chance to really get involved with Stonewall’s campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. They also get to meet other people their age who are keen to campaign for an end to homophobia. There were a few tears when people said goodbye at the end of the weekend, though!’
The young people were given resource packs – including the new FIT DVD – Stonewall’s anti-homophobia film for schools. Each young person will be supported by Stonewall-trained youth leaders over the next 6 months while they put their campaign plans into action. Their campaigns in local schools, colleges and communities will help Stonewall to tackle the homophobic bullying that recent research has shown to be widespread in Britain.
I was there!! the weekend its self was amazing the training given was brill and I reccomend the programm to anybody i cant wait to carry on with the work I am planning!
Nicola, 08 April 2010
Brilliant weekend, made loads of friends, learnt about campaigning, got campaign material and had a great time. Came away a inspired activist :)
Dan Darwood, 31 March 2010
Stonewall have done an amazing job in involving young people to campaign against homophobia. As a Stonewall Youth Volunteer, I am now ready to make change along with all the other amazing people I met on the weekend!
James , 27 March 2010
I attended this as well, it's an amazing weekend and I met loads of really cool people. The Stonewall staff themselves are also really friendly and helpful!
Ollie, 24 March 2010
I attended this weekend!! If you are out there and considering joining the youth programme,I highly reccomend it. This weekend was life changing.
Jordan, 24 March 2010
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