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SEN Bullying: The Hard Truth

As the UK marks the eleventh anti-bullying week with a theme of ‘Let’s stop bullying for all’, here at Ditch the Label we would like to highlight the often complex area of SEND bullying. (Special Educational Needs and Disability)   Bullying can of course affect anyone, often leaving young people feeling vulnerable and isolated. This is particularly true for young people with SEND who may already be experiencing this, thereby creating a double disadvantage. While we shouldn’t assume that all SEND young people will be bullied, the facts make for worrying reading. Each year Ditch the Label produces an in-depth bullying survey and from this we know that: 63% of those with a physical disability are far more likely to...
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YouTube Unites Over ‘Ditch or Dare?’

On Wednesday, we launched our innovative and ambitious new fundraising campaign called ‘Ditch or Dare?’ to help fund our crucial anti-bullying work in the UK. The campaign is essentially about doing dares and challenges to raise money for charity and we’re incredibly excited to announce that we already have some very familiar faces on board… such as: Vine superstar, Daz Black, with over 500M views on Vine YouTube power couple, Kaelyn and Lucy Paralympian champion Hannah Stodel Star of Channel 4’s My Transexual Summer, Lewis Hancox Each person has now left the fait of their dares and challenges up to their friends, family and online supporters and all in the name of Ditch the Label. You don’t have to be...
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Will you Ditch or Dare?

Did you know that the majority of our work is funded by the generosity of supporters? That means without you, it would be impossible for us to do the crucial work that we do here at Ditch the Label HQ. From producing some of the worlds largest research to working directly with schools and colleges – we are constantly working to provide innovative, effective and empowering support to those impacted by bullying. In February of this year, we worked with over 30 supporters from across the UK on a sponsored silence and managed to raise just under £3,000 for Ditch the Label. This money helped us provide support to 950 young people through our partnership with Habbo; the world’s largest...
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Ditch the Label Shortlisted in European Diversity Awards 2014

The national anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label are excited to announce that out of thousands of organisations from across Europe, they have been shortlisted for the “Best Marketing Campaign of the Year” award category in the European Diversity Awards. Known as “The Oscars” of the third sector, the European Diversity Awards are the ultimate prestige of recognition within the diversity and inclusion space. Held at the Natural History Museum in October, the awards will see the likes of Coca-Cola, Waitrose, Deloitte and now Ditch the Label come together for an evening of celebration and recognition. Also shortlisted for the same award includes Barclays, Channel 4 and Stonewall. Upon finding out about the shortlist, founder and CEO of Ditch the Label,...
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CEO Liam Hackett Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

We are pleased to announce that the founder and CEO of Ditch the Label, Liam Hackett was recently elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts in recognition of “an outstanding contribution to society through national anti-bullying work and interventions.”. Founded in 1754 and granted a Royal Charter in 1847, the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world. In response to his election, Liam comments: “It is an absolute honour...
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Hungry? Bagelman Are Here!

Hello fellow Ditch the Labelers! We are super excited to announce that the lovely local Brightonian bagel chain Bagelman, located in both Brighton and Hove, have specifically created a ‘Ditch the Label Bagel’. Inspired by the annual summer festival ‘Shakedown’ in Stanmer Park, the bagels are to be sold exclusively in all their Bagelman stores from Friday the 19th of July to Monday the 21st, with a percentage of the profits going to us. Bagelman are selling two ‘Ditch the Label Bagels’ catering for our vegetarian and meat loving Ditch the Labelers! A tasty goats cheese, caramelised red onion chutney, rocket and pesto bagel for the veges and a tantalising Mexican inspired bagel with smoked chicken, grated cheese, crushed tortilla...
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The UK’s Most Comprehensive Bullying Statistics, Available Now.

Welcome to The Annual Bullying Survey 2014, one of the UK’s most comprehensive reports into the bullying of young people. In partnership with 36 schools and colleges across the UK, our survey of over 3,600 young people highlights the current climate of bullying amongst 13-18 year olds. Our complementary report comes with free tips and advice for schools, colleges, parents and guardians, Government and young people on how you can help reduce the effect and prominence of bullying within your environment....
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National Fundraiser: Sponsored Silence

39% OF YOUNG PEOPLE BEING BULLIED HAVE NEVER TOLD ANYBODY. ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY GAVE THEM A VOICE? Take part in our national sponsored silence on Sunday 18th May 2014 to help fundraise for our anti-bullying charity so that we can reach out to and support even more young people from across the UK. If you’re a bit of a chatter box and think you’d crumble at the very thought of being silent all day, don’t worry – you can choose to be silent for either 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or you could go the full course of 24 hours. You have until 30th April to sign up. Once you have signed up to take part, you...
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For the past 18-months, Ditch the Label has operated exclusively as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, which means that all revenue raised by our organisation has been re-invested back to help us grow our operations and provide support to even more young people in the UK. Operating this way has been difficult at times as we have been unable to apply for grants or corporate sponsorship. This has meant that for sometime now, our ambitions have been put on hold and our operational growth has been a little slower than we would have liked. We are incredibly excited and overwhelmed to announce that as from today, Ditch the Label is now a registered charity in the United Kingdom. This means that we...
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