“RUOK” anti bullying art competition. WWMT committed £5,000 to fund the competition run by Havering victim support children’s section.

The money enabled them to run an art competition in local schools to highlight the effects of bullying and crime on young people. The competition helped victim support gain access to young people in the borough of Havering through their schools. Reaching children with their message is a key part of victim support’s current strategy. Once contact has been made, the charity is able to inform children of the support network available to them should they be victims of bullying or other crimes.

Entrants had to produce either a picture depicting bullying or crime against children or a poem. In all 7 schools took part contributing 220 entries. The best were recognised and rewarded at a ceremony held at the Queen’s theatre in Hornchurch. 150 people attended including school children, teachers, parents, council officers and police. Jonny Wates represented the William Wates Memorial Trust, making a short speech and presenting the winners with their prizes.