My Week: Georgia Dale

The senior development officer at Beatbullying recounts her week

Georgia Dale
Georgia Dale

Monday: Today is usually packed with meetings and working groups, but we have a staff awayday instead. Here, we discuss Beatbullying becoming We're Altogether Better, a digital-based, not-for-profit organisation that will allow us to expand our mentoring services. I spend the day tweeting updates - I am a new Twitter convert and have become a bit of an addict.

Tuesday: It's back to our office and straight into a meeting to discuss any referrals our counsellors on the CyberMentors website have made to the safeguarding team. The office is buzzing because we're doing preparation for The Big March 2012 'bonanza day' tomorrow. This is when the charity spends the day spreading the word to teachers, other charities and not-for-profit organisations on how to get involved in The Big March 2012 - the world's first virtual global march for children's rights.

Wednesday: I grab a coffee on my way to run a training session on bullying with a group of foster carers in Putney, south-west London. There are some great personalities in the group and we have lively conversations. Some of them are astounded when I explain the prevalence of cyberbullying and the impact it can have.

Thursday: I'm back at Beatbullying HQ. I send out partnership agreements to schools that have booked to have CyberMentor training workshops for their students in the coming months. Later in the day I meet some friends who also work in the sector to discuss work and generally wind down.

Friday: I'm off to Ealing in west London to deliver our CyberMentors training to a group of students with special educational needs. Our new specialist session worker continues to fascinate me with her knowledge of different learning needs - most of today's group are on the autistic spectrum so I try to remember not to use metaphors and idioms. This is harder than you'd think. Despite being warned by the teacher that some of the students might lose interest in the session, they stay engaged for the whole day.

Beatbullying works with children and young people to help stop bullying.

Georgia Dale is a senior development officer at Beatbullying

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