‘REALfriends is the result of over a year’s research into the effective resources available to combat bullying and best support our young people.’
Morag Linwood creator of REALfriends
REALfriends provide a structured, long term, support program designed exclusively for young people currently enduring bullying. It provides young people, parents and carers in Uttlesford with information, training and support to help them deal with the effects of bullying.
REALfriends equips young people with a toolbox of practical skills which empowers and helps them deal with the effects of being bullied. They are part of a group of ‘REALfriends’ who understand what they have endured. As a peer group they help each other to perfect the techniques they have learned in the club so they become ‘bully proof’ and safe in the future.
The program has been devised with knowledge gained through extensive worldwide research into the various areas of bullying and the effective resources utilized to combat it.
First and foremost, we offer a FREE service in a safe environment supported by Essex County Council Youth Services.
REALfriends Support Club Is designed exclusively for young people of secondary school age, currently enduring bullying issues. The main emphasis is to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence. In addition, the group provides peer support through a ready-made group of ‘REALfriends’ with similar understandings of the feelings and issues relating to being bullied.
In addition to the Anti-Bullying Club we provide support and information to parents and carers on issues that might concern them. Help and advice is also available on how best to support a young person experiencing bullying.
The young person is invited to a private introduction session where we assess how we can best help and support them. They will then join a group of ‘REALfriends’ made up of 10/12 young people who are also dealing with bullying issues. Together, in a safe, private location we offer a multi axis, support club. The program is designed to inform, empower and raise self esteem. It will safeguard young people by highlighting the negative effects of bullying and offer ways to deal with various circumstances they may encounter.
Phone/text us: 07506 602284
Club opening times: Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm, by prior appointment only, venue will remain private.