Teen’s anti-bullying work recognised with award

Joe Paterson has been recognised for his work on the anti-homophobia campaign Enough is Enough. Joe, aged 16, is a Northants County Council Young Leader and after being bullied at school, decided to lead a campaign to report and stop bullying. He's spoken at assemblies and encouraged other young LGB people not to suffer in silence.
Joe Paterson has been recognised for his work on the anti-homophobia campaign Enough is Enough. Joe, aged 16, is a Northants County Council Young Leader and after being bullied at school, decided to lead a campaign to report and stop bullying. He's spoken at assemblies and encouraged other young LGB people not to suffer in silence.
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A YOUNG campaigner from Newnham is to receive an award.

Joe Paterson, 16, has campaigned tirelessly against homophobia throughout his teens and is involved in the Enough is Enough campaign.

He is one of several young people in the county who will receive an Anne Frank award this month, a scheme which recognises the work of inspirational people who make a difference to their community.

He said: “I was bullied for quite a while after I came out as being bisexual. I was 14 at the time and to me it made sense to come out.

“I have spoken about homophobia in school assemblies and I am really passionate about stamping it out and showing that it is not acceptable.

“After I did the assemblies I had people apologise to me who had bullied me before. It is important to raise a lot more awareness in schools and in education and that’s something that I can help with. I just think if I don’t do it, who else will?”