This week was the deadline for the parkrun youth panel’s first mission… to write the ‘parkrun anti-bullying policy’. The parkrun youth panel consists of 75 BRILLIANT young people, aged 4 to 17, who help give a young person’s point of view on all sorts of stuff that will keep shaping and improving parkrun.
About a month ago, Rowan Ardill (parkrun’s Engagement Officer) and I posted out the first mission, to creatively put together some positive statements to include in the final parkrun anti-bullying policy, due out later this year. The response has been fantastic; using a great range of art, IT and general creativity, we’ve had some thoughtful, kind and inclusive statements which I can’t wait to pull together into the final policy. Here’s a sneak preview of the sort of thing you can expect:
- Ask new runners if they would like to run with you
- Always encourage runners, no matter how fast or slow
- Be kind and friendly
- Celebrate everyone’s achievements
These got me thinking; wouldn’t the world be an even more brilliant place if everyone stuck to these ‘rules’? As Gandhi once said, ‘you must be the change you want to see in the world’, so let’s all start today. I’m sure lots of you have just started in a new class, year or school, so why not apply your parkrun attitude to your everyday life. If you see someone looking lost, sad, or lonely, why not go and say hello, be kind and encouraging. Better still, why not invite them to parkrun next weekend?!
As Roald Dahl, my favourite author, once said: “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being”.
Clare, Safeguarding Lead
PS Fancy joining the youth panel? Great! We’re always happy to have new members. Just drop an email (or ask your parents) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Bruce Li for the lovely photos.