Lee is very proud and honoured to announce that he’s accepted an invitation to become a patron of Stand Against Bullying, Bridgend (SAB). The organisation was set up by a group of young people aged between 11 and 25 years of age. They have formed their own project which is part of Mental Health Matters Wales, to raise awareness against bullying and provide support.
Lee said “1.5 million young people across the UK, that’s 50% have been bullied over the past year. Bullying comes in many forms and can affect people in so many ways. Many people who are bullied go on to suffer anxiety and depression issues. I was bullied when I was at school. As an adult, I look back at that time and realise that it affected me in a way that I didn’t realise. In later life, I have suffered from mental health issues which I have overcome with the support of a therapist, family and friends. Bullying earlier in life affected my later problems. I now speak about my mental health issues in the hope of helping others and becoming a patron of SAB gives me another platform on which to do this. I’m so proud of the work the young people at SAB are doing and will support them in any way that I can. I’m thrilled to be a part of this worthwhile project!”
The group currently meet once a month. After their initial committee meeting, they set up a youth club called Unlimited for its members and young people with low self-esteem and confidence issues that come from the effects of bullying.
They support Young Wales, a part of Children in Wales, and the Welsh Government providing workshops to gather information and improve the way bullying is dealt with, especially in schools and the community. The youngsters also take school assemblies and deliver workshops to educate and raise awareness against bullying to youth groups.
The group are very pleased that Lee has become a patron of SAB “Stand Against Bullying is thrilled to welcome Lee Jukes as a patron and look forward to his generous support and working together” – Finola Pickwell – Volunteer Development Officer.
Stand Against Bullying is currently looking for new members to join them from September. If you think that the group can help you, and you’re interested in finding out more, contact Finola at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SABBridgend.