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Banter or Bullying Event

OTR took part in the Banter or Bullying Event held at the University of Bath alongside SARI and Black Families.

Prior to the event, we heard from over 1700 young people living or studying in BANES from our survey entitled “Are you being bullied for who you are - Young people’s experiences of hate.” We were blown away by the response rate of the survey, and what young people have experienced.

The day was separated with many different workshops for both school students and staff. OTR held a workshop based around online bullying and harassment. We had 5 different activities for the young people all of which were used to discuss online discrimination and hate crime; we had an activity using Meme’s, a ‘Dark Web’, Support Cloud, Online Activism activity as well as a Runway For Change. The purpose of these activities was to raise and tackle the issues around online discrimination, hate crime and bullying as well as sharing with young people where they can go should they ever experience this.

We also participated in a ‘speed dating’ type of activity which allowed us, and other services to share with young people what we do, and how they can access our support as well as allowing them to ask any questions they had.

The event closed with a Q&A session with Nikesh Shukla hosted by our very own Youth Forum member and DMYP Renee Weber. Renee and the young people did a fantastic job of asking Nikesh a range of questions from his experience of racism, his childhood and how he uses his position as an author to discuss race and immigration within the UK.

This event allowed us to promote Bath and North East Somerset as an area that challenges discrimination and hate and supports the people that experience this type of behaviour.

Here’s to working and standing together to make change!

“Abuse and hate crime is part of a viscous circle and we need to break it” - Alex Raikes, Strategic Director for SARI


Photo’s from the day

Youth Forum campaign for Nightstop

We are the youth forum, a campaign and consultation group who strive to represent young people in our local area. Our campaign currently is raising money for Nightstop, a youth homelessness charity who help house young people who don’t feel safe in their homes for whatever reason. To help the charity, we are hosting a raffle in the near future where we hope to raise money for a really important cause. We understand that many of you have contributed prizes for the raffle already and we’d like to thank you for your contribution. However, if you haven’t yet donated any prizes we’d really love it if you could chip in.

Find out more about Nightstop

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An introduction to OTR's Youth Forum

“Hello, we are the BaNES Youth Forum! Our aim is to champion the voice of young people and campaign to make a difference for them. For example, we are currently working alongside the young homeless charity, Night Stop https://www.nightstop.org.uk/nightstop/nightstop-bath

We have previously campaigned for better Mental Health support for young people, transport and participated in consultation with different sectors of the council.

We are a group of 5-10 young people from a variety of backgrounds and schools who meet every other Monday at 17.15 - 19.15 here at OTR - bath city centre. We will use this blog to keep you updated on what we are up to and any events we have coming up.”

If you are interested in OTR’s Youth Forum , please contact our workers Charlie and Becca on CharlotteFarnham@offtherecord-banes.co.uk or BeccaCox@offtherecord-banes.co.uk

Climate change strike @ Bath

On Friday 15th March, a climate change strike took place in Bath city centre. Many students left school to protest for a greener planet.

UK’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove has backed the protesting children saying "Dear school climate strikers, we agree.”

B&NES Deputy Member of Youth Parliament; Renee Weber explains her experience at the strike:

I just attended the climate strike in Bath centre! It was absolutely amazing! I'm so happy that people are standing together on this massive issue! We will continue to strike until our voices are heard! Let's tackle climate change! 💞🌏

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Check out the #YouthStrike4Climate hashtag on Twitter for more images and tweets from those that participated.

If you are interested in taking action and having your voice heard; OTR’s Youth Forum may be for you! Email charlottefarnham@offthererecord.co.uk for more info or to sign up.

OTR Youth Forum @ the British Youth Council Convention

Our Youth Forum attended the British Youth Council convention in Exeter on Saturday the 19th January.