Looking back on #BeTheChange

June 14, 2021 Blog - ENABLE Scotland Lucy McKee

My name is Lucy McKee. I am the chair of ENABLE Scotland’s ACE Youth and have recently just got a job as an ACE Youth Membership Ambassador within ENABLE Scotland’s Charitable Services.

I have been looking back at my time during ENABLE Scotland’s #BeTheChange campaign which brings back so many different memories and emotions.

This campaign is very close to my heart as it was designed to tackle bullying aimed at people with learning disabilities and support our goal of creating an equal society for everyone with a learning disability.  I was delighted to be one of the Change Champions who would support the movement of the campaign alongside my peers and fellow Change Champions.

Just as the campaign was first launched, I remember that I was having a horrendous time being bullied because of my learning disabilities. I was lost and felt like I had nowhere to go or no support to stand up to those who were bullying me.

When I heard about the Be The Change campaign, I felt a huge sense of relief as this was an opportunity to have my voice heard, but most importantly, an action-packed campaign to raise awareness and fight back against bullies.

When I was being bullied, I had a million different feelings going on all at one time, all I could think about was that – I knew that I was not the only one that this was happening to, and I knew that this was the start of something amazing that would help tackle bullying once and for all!

I believe that the Be The Change campaign really did make a change and showed that it was not ok for bullying of any kind to take place, and that it is completely unacceptable.  We were clear within the campaign that any form of bullying should not be tolerated and dealt with accordingly.

Although the campaign was a great success, it is just so unfortunate that there will always be some form of bullying taking place.  The type of bullying that is most common right now is that of online bullying and this type of bullying comes in all shapes and sizes, which can lead to so many sad endings.

Bullying online is easy for those responsible to hide behind, it is harder to detect those responsible, and the abuse is there for everyone to see.  It can sometimes go as far as hate crime against those with a learning disability, which is unfortunately on the increase. In fact, hate crime against people with disabilities has seen the largest increase for the second year in a row which is appalling and completely unacceptable.

I truly believe there is still so much more to do in the fight against bullying. I think we need to start raising more awareness of online bullying and help people to become more aware of what the consequences are if you are caught bullying someone and the possible consequences for the person being bullied.  There are several ways that this can be done, and I think that educational services, youth groups, parents, and Police Scotland can heavily influence the transformation of bullying and work together to create a safer and equal society for everyone.

I would encourage anyone who experiences any form of bullying, whether it be in person or online, to report it and bring it to the attention of someone that you trust.  Dealing with bullying is very hard to stand up to, especially when you are alone, but take it from me that you are not alone and there are people there who can help you.  I know we would help you if you reported it to us at ENABLE Scotland!

For now, this leaves us with room for thought at ENABLE Scotland and our Be The Change campaign, which I was extremely proud to be involved with. Sharing my experience publicly along with my fellow ENABLE Scotland members and Change Champions raised the awareness and created the movement that we needed, and I would encourage all young people and adults who have experienced any form of bullying to report it and stand together.

Togetherness and partnership working will not change it all in one day, but it will create an even bigger movement and let bullies know more about the importance of being the change.

 

Chair of ACE Youth

Lucy McKee

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