What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Almost 50,000 children, in 1,400 classes, in 100 schools, and 3,000 parents have participated in the programme
I have received recommendations & endorsements from key stakeholders; The Dept. of Education’s Stay Safe Programme; The Anti-bullying Centre, TCD; The National Parent’s Council; The National Assoc. of Principals & Deputy Principals; NCCA.
Developed anti-bullying programmes for children aged 8 to 18
Created anti-bullying resources for use in the classroom to support my programme, including our "Contract for Change" that all students participate in.
Designed anti-bullying teacher training sessions
Interactive anti-bullying talks & workshops for parents
I provide an advice service for parents and teachers
Designed anti-bullying training for youth groups, sports bodies, and those working with children
Grown participating schools from Dublin through to Leinster and beyond.
Developed a “Safe for Everyone” workshop which specifically addresses homophobic bullying
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Within three years, through phased expansion, I plan to quadruple our capacity to reach 28,000 children, their educators and families per annum.
I'm currently engaging with a teacher training college to examinine how best to deliver our programme to trainee teachers.
I plan to have an extensive online anti-bullying resource www.antibullying.ie for students, teachers and parents
I intend to ensure that Ireland takes a position on the world stage as an innovator in addressing bullying.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
A lack of stakeholder engagement. Independent evaluation of my anti-bullying programme will strengthen our case, proving the efficacy of the programme.
A lack of time and resources will prevent me from scaling and growing the project. I am working with some supporters to examine how we might best raise funds which would free me from service delivery and ensure the planned expansion the programme takes place.
A lack of will from the Government to properly address the issue of bullying. I am part of the newly formed National Anti-bullying Coalition, a group of individuals, NGOs etc. lobbying Government for action on the issue of bullying.
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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Aged 10 I was bullied by my 5th class teacher to the point of having a panic attack, I know from first hand experience, both as a child and a young person the gut churning, paralysing fear that bullying can evoke. If a child spends their days in fear, dreading the bell ringing and having to face the battleground that is the locker area, the bathroom, or the yard then all else is for nowt.
The very first time a boy put his hand up at the end of a workshop to say sorry to a classmate "I didn't realise I was bullying you" I knew I'd got it right. I've lost count of the times that's happened since.
Sticks & Stones' tagline is "helping children to live happier lives", and that's because HAPPY is the word I hear most often after the programme - "my son was happy going to school for the first time in months"; "I picked my daughter up from school today and it was the first time we didn't discuss the bullying - she was happy"; "I'm happier coming into school now", "I feel happy now"