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What do YOU want from us?

We would like to thank the 45 schools that have taken the time to complete our survey mentioned in the last newsletter.

For those of you who may have missed it, you can find the survey at

It will only take a few minutes of your time and your views will help us shape the future of our organisation as you, the people we work with, want it.

Today, I’d like to address some of the issues and comments that have already arisen on the subject of TRAINING. (for the full article please click here)

Alex Holmes, inspirational anti-bullying campaigner

Nowadays there are so many different aspects to bullying. Society’s technological advances have not only opened up many new roads to knowledge, but have introduced new ways for bullying to be carried out in secret. The only way forward is to make children aware of the dangers, to empower them to take control of their lives and to help them grow their self-respect. [To read full story and get video link, click here]

195527_513901972_4743031_n.jpgSchool Councils should be the starting point for your in-school anti-bullying campaign. Buddy Systems and Peer Mentoring are two of the ways you can involve the students. Set up a sub-Committee and start your young Leaders down the path to making a real difference in your school!

Alex Holmes is a fantastic young man who has overcome bullying, he has first-hand knowledge of the difference beating the bullies makes to young people’s lives. He now works tirelessly as an anti-bullying campaigner. He also led the Student Voice in his school. His dedication to helping other youngsters has led to him being nominated for, and receiving the ITV Teacher of the Year Award and the Diana Award. 

To inspire your students, do share his video with them.


Follow up Press Release

On Friday 18th February Barnardo’s Cymru Neville Street Services held a vibrant and exciting School Council Fun Day in the Urdd Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. It was a huge success with 4 School Council Representatives attending from 21 School across Cardiff and everyone having a “fantastic day” (Mr. James – All Saints’ C. W. Primary School).

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler attended and made an inspiring speech to the attendees about the importance of School Council’s in getting their voices heard in relation to Article 12 of the UNCRC and effective decision making in the school as a whole. CBBC’s Sid Sloan also held a fantastic voting session in which 96% said they had had a great day and 89% said they enjoyed being on their School Council.

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