Hello and welcome to Sussex Against Bullying. My name is Benjamin Checkley, I am the founder of Sussex Against Bullying which was set up in June 2017.
Prior to setting up Sussex Against Bullying, I have volunteered for many different organisations, the biggest one being St John Ambulance where I was a cadet for around 10 years, learning lifesaving first aid skills. I have also volunteered for BeatBullying and Mindfull UK. I worked with professional Counsellors, Psychotherapists and social workers and spoke to young people aged 11-19 who were having difficulties, whether it was Bullying, or they needed a general supportive chat which took place on their moderated support chat.
Unfortunately BeatBullying and Mindful folded in October 2014 and since it has, I continued my voluntary work and have even set up a few of my own voluntary groups (Including SAB).
My main reason for starting SAB was because I too have experienced all kinds of forms of bullying including physical and cyberbullying, I even joined my local Karate Dojo, studying Traditional Shotokan Karate in order to improve my self-confidence skills, although, even then I sometimes still experience bullying even as an adult.
Over the years, working in youth work, I have learned that there isn’t as much information or support about bullying as there should be, so I am writing this blog/website with the hope that it will become a helpful resource for children, young people and parents, guardians and carers, as well as professionals, from not only around Sussex but the rest of the UK.