Anti-bullying parade in Inverurie

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Inverurie will host a parade later this month drawing attention to the problem of bullying among young people.

It is being organised for Saturday, September 14, by Aberdeenshire Youth Council - a 14-strong group whose aim is to make local communties better for young people.

The Anti-Bullying Awareness Parade will take place from Port Elphinstone to Inverurie Town Hall.

Aberdeenshire Youth Council is made up of 14 young people from throughout the region, including up to seven members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Spokeswoman Millie Low said: “The aim of the Awareness Parade is to give young people the opportunity to stand up to bullying, and give them the chance to show other people they want it to change, and they want bullying to end.

“It is also an occasion to showcase services available to young people to go for support and advice if they, or someone they know, is a victim of bullying.

“There is no fundraising or protest element to our parade, it is simply an outlet for those who wish to stand up against bullying.

“We have the backing of many Aberdeenshire councillors and the children’s charity Childline.”

People wanting to take part in the parade are being asked to meet in the park in Port Elphinstone from 9am to register.

Organisers plan to get the parade under way around 10.30.

Meanwhile, youth commissioners have been appointed to tackle bullying among young people as part of a project led by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education Learning and Leisure Service.

The Youth Commission comprises 22 young people aged between 14 and 19 and who were appointed following an assessment of their decision-making, communication and leadership skills.

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie met the group recently to learn more about the work they will carry out.

He said he was keen to hear the views of young people on bullying which he sees as a serious problem that can have such tragic repercussions, as two recent cases of cyber-bullying have shown.

The commissioner added: “This initiative by Aberdeenshire Council is a fantastic example of adults

taking the views of children and young people seriously, listening to them and ensuring their voice directly influences policy making.”