Derbyshire County Council competition aimed at tackling bullying

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A new competition is encouraging young people to check out a website offering them help and advice to deal with issues like staying safe, drugs and bullying.

Young people aged from 11 to 19 can log on to Derbyshire County Council’s ‘OK?’ campaign site and enter a free prize draw to win £20 worth of shopping vouchers and USB computer memory sticks. The competitions run each term to give as many young people as possible a chance to take part.

Ten young people aged from 11 to 16 who were successful in last term’s challenge have just been presented with their prizes. The closing date for this term is Saturday 30 June.

The council launched ‘OK?’ in 2010 following research with local 11 to 19-year-olds about issues which concern them.

It showed they can worry about crime just as much as older people and don’t always know where to get help if they need it – especially if they don’t want to talk to a parent or teacher.

Their ideas were developed into the web-based campaign running as part of the county council’s b_line scheme for young people. It covers the following main areas:

Staying safe and protecting their property

Looking after themselves and their friends by asking for help when they need it

How to deal with bullying, abuse and threatening behaviour

How drinking alcohol and taking drugs can lead to bad decisions and damage health.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for public health councillor Carol Hart said: “Hundreds of young people have already signed up to our OK? campaign to take advantage of the advice and support it offers on a range of difficult issues.

“It points them in the right direction for the advice and support they need, when they need it.

“Young people tell us they like our competitions and we hope the chance to win the shopping vouchers and memory cards we’ve got to give away will encourage more young people to take a look.”

Young people can find out more and enter the competition by visiting Derbyshire County Council.