When I was at secondary school, I was bullied, 4 years of not wanting to be alive anymore. 4 years of not being able to be my own character. 4 years of being alone! With no support around me, with my lack of discipline to talk to someone, i was on a decline; no posters, no teacher, no help. I was alone, nothing.
3 years on, I want to make an impact on the young people in our schools; i want to give them the support, help and guidance, that I didn't get. I want to give them a shoulder to cry on, a poster to read and friend to play with. I want to give them everything that everyone deserves, attention.
I started Rock Clothing, 1 year ago; a social enterprise, on a mission to tackle bullying and improve the social lives of young people. 1 year on and we've worked with over 1,000 young people in Portsmouth, by hosting Anti-Bullying workshops in schools, where students get creative and make resources for their peers. 1-2-1 counselling sessions, where a trained councillor meets with a number of young people across the city to talk about their issues. In the last year, some Portsmouth schools has seen an improved atmosphere, with students enjoying school life, we want to take a small credit for that :)
Our next project is the Portsmouth Anti-Bullying Conference 2018 (PABC18), this is an event, Rock Clothing will be hosting, held at Portsmouth Guildhall in January 2018. We will see 1,000 students from across schools in our city come together to improve the local strategy and their own in-school strategy on bullying; with an influence of speakers across the country, and performers from far and wide, the students will really be able to expand their knowledge at this one off city event.
We have some amazing sponsors like: Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth College, Paul Morrison, Peter Ashley Activity Centre & Portsmouth Guildhall - but we need the support from people like you, people who want to support the vulnerable young people in schools like many of us do, if you can please donate as much or as little as possible, it really does go far, and will be forever appreciated :)