WHOLE OF COMMUNITY APPROACH TO BULLYING
Our 2013 scoping survey in McLaren Park/Henderson South found that, as with every community, bullying is an issue for children and their families. Being in a low decile community can make things worse as people compete for scarce resources. Consequently when Violence Free Waitakere set up the Bully Banishing Together (BBT) programme, we tried to design a whole of community approach to bullying.
This had to be collaborative project, working with whanau, youth, and community agencies. From the outset our project had had two main strands:
1) Using creative processes (narrative, performance and art) as a means of drawing the community into a dialogue about bullying and communicating important messages about how to prevent bullying back to that community (Rootz, Project Respect. PinkShirt Day, RISE, Mark-it-Up
2) Working with with a section of the community to build the stronger community connection that make for proactive bystatnding (Bystander's Guide, Our Amazing Place, Let's Get Started)
ROOTZ a performing art group (teenagers and young adults) has been set up in collaboration with Phoenix Performing Arts plays at local BBT events and tours the the local schools with songs and dramatic stories about bullying and what can be done to prevent it.
PROJECT RESPECT This year ROOTZ became Project Respect - an after school performing arts group engaging in many aspects of traditional and popular cultures with a bully banishing theme that can then be shared with the community and encourage engagement around bystanding.
These After School Performance Arts Free Workshops are held at McLaren Park Intermediate after school.
PINK SHIRT DAY engaging businesses, schools and community at large to take a stand together agaist bullying
"RISE" DINNER WITH A DIFFERENCE- a great night with a wide variety of entertainment, food and provocative speakers. Alongside superb performances from Phoenix, Project Respect Kapahaka group and Tatau dancers, we had a range of moving speakers largely from the Pacific Community. The highlights was listening to Nathaniel Lees, who spoke on the importance of slowing down our reactions to tension and conflict, and instead of using our fists or feet, thought about effective actions we could take.
MARK IT UP This is a community canvas art collaboration making visual anti bully statements for display for events and venues.
SPEAK The finale to the current BBT programme. This is where we showcase the great resources we have built to help create a community with a much lower levelof Bullying and violence. The Mark It Up artwork will be on display, Project Respect/Rootz will perform, We'll have a look at Jade Speaks Up our fantastic violence prevention video and its associated resources, showcase the Bystander pamphlet and reflect on the proactive bystanding that's come from the Henderson South Our Amazing Place and Let's Get Started project.
To see some great photos of our events, please visit our BBT Facebook Page
Further details on what BBT has been up to in 2014 see our: BBT Project Update.pdf