“Give Us A Break!” Anti Bullying campaign

 

Anti bullying week 2019 is Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November

​Many autistic children have gone back to school this week. Anna Kennedy OBE founder of a national autism charity has been contacted by parents where their children are refusing to go to school because of bullying at such an early stage of this academic year.

Anna shares : ‘Schools must take action so that children with autism feel safe in lessons and at break times. Autistic children are seen by their parents and carers as vulnerable to bullying.’Give us a Break’ is Anna Kennedy Online anti bullying campaign. She calls on all schools and colleges to be particularly aware of the bullying that autistic students experience at break times and to provide positive activities that keep them safe.

Many autistic students need ‘structured activities’ which are currently seriously lacking at break times in schools. Many parents and carers said they would embrace positive activities as a constructive way of combating the bullying of their children. “For children and young people with autism, break and lunch times in schools and colleges can be particularly daunting and can put them at risk of bullying.”

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If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please download the posters below print off, please take a photograph of yourself and click here to email it to us, so we can share your support and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

Click here to download a Give Us A Break Poster – in light colour

Click here to download a Give Us A Break Poster – in dark colour

Anna Kennedy Online the UK Charity is to continue and raise awareness of bullying of children with autism in schools and colleges. ‘Too often these children are seen as the problem; as not ‘fitting in’ or ‘settling down.We want to see all schools take decisive action to create environments and cultures where all children feel safe and supported without fear of bullying’ Anna Kennedy shares ‘Autistic children should not be allowed to coast along without appropriate support until anxieties become so great that it leads to challenging behaviour both at home and school. Training is key.’ 

#autism #giveusabreak#antibullying #schools

‘Give us a Break!’ Anti Bullying Campaign – supporters taking action:

Introducing #GUAB Give Us A Break 2019 Anti-bullying campaign: Spectrum Complete – FMA + 12 Gage

FMA + 12 Gage are a father and son rap duo who use their music to combat their mental health issues.

The pair are made up of Matthew Bennett who is now 40 years old and Callum Gage Bennett who is 21.

Matthew was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 36 and Callum was diagnosed with Dyslexia at 16.

They have been performing together for the past six years and began working together as a way of helping Callum’s confidence which in turn, helped Callum to overcome a stutter that he used to suffer from.

They released their debut album, Parental Advisory, in October 2018 to much acclaim.

“The father and son of unholy flows spit with a unique, roughly-hewn, Prestonian intensity” Tom O’Boyle – Metal Hammer In 2017 they were invited to perform at the charity showcase event, Autism’s Got Talent, where they met Anna Kennedy.

It was here that Matthew first experienced a truly welcoming and accepting environment. He had this to say about his time there – “Being autistic is a very lonely experience – you see, hear and feel things differently to others, which makes it hard to connect with people.

Autism’s Got Talent is a place where that loneliness did not exist. It was such a comfortable, understanding and welcoming environment. We met so many amazing and talented people and had far more fun than we ever expected to.

Anna has managed to create something that both shows the talents of those on the spectrum as well as showing those same people that they’re not alone in this world.”

In 2019, Anna Kennedy approached the pair with an idea to create a song for the ‘Give Us A Break’ anti bullying campaign. Matthew and Callum both jumped at the chance of being able to help other people through using their music.

​After two months of hard work, trial and error, frustration and many scrapped ideas, Spectrum was finally born.

Callum drew upon his experiences of dealing with an abusive, bullying step parent when he was younger and Matthew looked to his early life and struggles with addiction and isolation as sources of inspiration.

Both vocalists stepped out of their comfort zone to deliver a softer more emotional song than the ones that they normally create.

The song is built around a message of hope, and in turn, FMA + 12 Gage hope that it connects with those who are struggling like they once were.

Callum drew upon his experiences of dealing with an abusive, bullying step parent when he was younger and Matthew looked to his early life and struggles with addiction and isolation as sources of inspiration.

Both vocalists stepped out of their comfort zone to deliver a softer more emotional song than the ones that they normally create.

Please watch this powerful video

No matter the difficulties the pair went through to create the song, two months of hard work pales in comparison to letting someone know that they are not alone.

FMA + 12 Gage would like to thank both Anna Kennedy and the ‘Give Us A Break’ campaign for giving them this opportunity.

Follow FMA + 12 Gage on all social media @FMA12Gage

To read more about Matthew and Callum’s journey click here

Introducing #GUAB Give Us A Break 2019 Anti-bullying campaign: Born Anxious

Born anxious supply label free sensory clothing for children and adults with sensory needs such as Autism, SPD sensory processing disorders, all clothing, T-shirts and bags are 100% organic and all come printed with subtle reminders, to be kind to others because we are not all the same.

Kellie Barker creator of Bornanxious and Anna Kennedy OBE ,founder of UK Autism Charity Annakennedyonline and #Giveusabreak campaign. #GUAB #GiveUsABreak!

This campaign has been organised by the charity and run during Anti-bullying week for the last number of years by the charity Anna Kennedy online, it has grown in success and support for its following.

Bullying effects thousands and thousands of adults and children every year.

Anti bullying week is Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November.

The collection can be found – follow this link: https://www.bornanxious.co.uk/born-anxious-collection/give-us-a-break-8lmab

Children like Sophia.

Sophia Owens is 11 years old and from Rushde, Northamptonshire, she has been singing and dancing from a young age.

She has performed at her majesty’s theatre. And Sadler’s wells and has also competed in National finals at the Winter gardens in Blackpool. Sophia has two elder brothers, both diagnosed on the spectrum and attends a special school.

Sophia also performed a live stage dance at Autism’s got talent and won a scholarship through the charity at Pineapple Performing Arts.

Sophia Owens #GUAB anti bullying campaign #giveusabreak #AnnaKennedyonline #antibullyingweek2019 @Annakennedy1

The Give Us A Break campaign with Anna Kennedy call on all schools, colleges, work places and social events to join the #GUAB campaign and help to make a real change to the lives of all  people effected, including people with Autism and other neurological and physical disabilities, by helping people to have the courage to speak up and understand that it is NOT OK to bully in any form.

Anna Kennedy Online is dedicated to providing Autism awareness,acceptance, training and understanding to both schools, colleges and within the community to help create a better environment so that all our children can thrive.

‪#GUAB #antibullyingweek #giveusabreak

Our other campaigns include:

#Togetherweareacommunity – Click here for more details of our Autism and cultural issues campaign

#AutismDanceDay- Click here for more details of our Step in the Right Direction Autism Dance Day campaign

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