The campaign was launched to highlight the impact bullying has on individuals, particularly those on the autism spectrum, with the aim of creating environments and cultures where everyone feels safe and supported without the fear of experiencing bullying at schools, online or within their local communities.
The club’s Sensory Room team have worked closely with Anna Kennedy Online and have forged a strong partnership, raising awareness of autism, hosting family fun days and welcoming parents and children who work with the charity to the room on a matchday. With the Sensory Room currently closed to supporters due to the closure of the stadium, our shared focus turns to bullying and the impact it has on so many families.
Bullying is hugely damaging for the victims and everyone around them. There have been some horrific cases in the media recently and the Charity continues to raise awareness, with this growing concern exacerbated further by hate crime and increased cyber bullying, which has led to some tragic outcomes.
“We believe that actions speak louder than words and we take a tough stance on discrimination on our social media channels,” said Dave Messenger, the club’s Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer. “This applies to bullying too, and we’re happy to support this campaign and ask all supporters to call it out, as we say no to bullying. If you are suffering, speak up, and if you see it, stand up to it.”