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Founder Colin Parry speaks at Halton Anti-Bullying Conference 2014

November 14, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Halton Children’s Trust are staging an Anti-Bullying Conference on Friday November 14th. Speakers include:  Colin Parry, the co-founder and Chairman of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace that owns the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington.

Also speaking at the event are:

Huma Qazi, a diversity campaigner from Stonewall who was recently named the 14th most influential LGBT (LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) person in the country in this year’s ‘Rainbow List.’ Omar Khan, a gang expert and the Ella Group of local young people who produced a short film looking at prejudice faced by people with a learning disability within the community. For more information visit http://haltonspeakout.co.uk/

The Canal Boat Adventure Project, a local charity in Halton that has been working with young people to demonstrate what a marvellous contribution young people can make to their community will perrfor at the conference.

In addition, Mark Grady and Shelah Semoff will give an interactive overview of key policy changes and how to get involved, Juliet Prescott will talk about good practice and the Halton Borough Council Transport Team present on their work with young people to tackle bullying.

Halton has held an annual anti-bullying conference in conjunction with the national anti-bullying week for a number of years. Previous events have seen keynote speakers such as Baroness Newlove, anti-hate crime Campaigner; Gee Walker, whose son died in a racist incident and Sylvia Lancaster, whose daughter was killed because of her Gothic appearance. It is now established as one of the North West’s premier anti-bullying events.

Work in Halton is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Strategy Group, which aims to co-ordinate and support anti-bullying work in schools and the community. There is a Halton kite mark/accreditation for schools that is now available on the new Halton anti-bullying website – antibullyinghalton.co.uk – to highlight good work to combat bullying.

Halton Borough Council Leader Rob Polhill said: “Bullying is something we don’t want to tolerate in Halton, in our council, schools or anywhere else. We are doing all we can to stamp it out and change the mind-set so everyone sees others as equally valuable members of society.”