Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity
Watford FC announces their anti-bullying poster competition winners!!

Watford FC announces their anti-bullying poster competition winners!!

Watford FC proudly announces their anti-bullying poster competition winners!!

The Hornets were delighted to support Anna Kennedy Online’s Give Us A Break campaign during the recent Anti-Bullying Week.

To help promote the campaign, they ran a competition which asked young people to design their own anti-bullying posters, and after a great response, they were delighted that the judges have chosen the winners below.

Competition entries were split into two different age groups: a 0-10 category and an 11-16 group, with one winning design chosen by Watford FC staff and representatives from Anna Kennedy Online for each age group.

Congratulations to the winners Logan age 10 and Daniel age 11 – these two winning designs will be turned into posters which will then be signed by the first-team squad! 

Please see below the amazing entries and what inspired them to create their artwork…

Logan age 10

Logan age 10

The 0-10 winner was Logan.

Daniel age 11

Daniel age 11

The 11-16 winner was Daniel.

“It is very important to spread the message that bullying is wrong and it really hurts people. 

By standing together we can help each other to beat bullies but maybe also help them too. 

It is also important to understand why people bully as they may have secret problems and we together could offer them the hand of friendship and help them.”

Jacob age 8

Jacob age 8

“Jacob says that his poster was inspired by the fact that anyone can play football, and it brings people together.”
Matilda age 8

Matilda age 8

“Matilda was inspired by the thought that being kind is so much easier and nicer than bullying.”
Eden age 8

Eden age 8

Dylan age 6

Dylan age 6

Second in the 0-10 categories was Dylan.

“I wanted put a shield up against the bullies to show that their behaviour won’t stop my from thinking and doing happy things”

Alexus age 13

Alexus age 13

The second place in the 11-16 categories was Alexus.

Henry

Henry age 5

“Henry’s love of Harry Hornet meant he was always going to be used in the poster. 

But Henry also said Harry is always happy and nice and he would listen to Harry if he said bullying was bad!”

Jessica age 8

Jessica age 8

“I wanted to create a poster to show anyone who may be suffering with bullying, that there is always a friendly face who will support them”
Patrick age 9

Patrick age 9

Sophia age 8

Sophia age 8

The third place in the 0-10 was Sophia.

“Sophia says she was reminded of when her best friend was being bullied by a class mate. She didn’t like the idea of people being bullied and wants everyone to be kind.”

Lillian age 12

Lillian age 12

The third place in the 11-16 categories was Lillian.

Kaidan age 7

Kaidan age 7

“Kaidan was inspired to share his own experiences and not wanting others to feel the way he did. 

He wanted it to be easy to remember so people could help each other to be kind. 

He wanted the Watford badge in it to show that they were against bullying too.”

Natalie (11)

Natalie age 11

​ “I’m happy to have my poster seen on social media because I want to stop bullying and show no matter who you are we are all equal!”
Antibullying Campaign ‘Give us a Break’ – supported by Mikey Kay

Antibullying Campaign ‘Give us a Break’ – supported by Mikey Kay

‘Give us a Break ‘ Antibullying Campaign supported by Mikey Kay

Mikey Kay is a Welshman based in Paris, having spent the previous 6 years based out of New York City. I specialize in multi-media journalism and filmmaking, specifically across social impact stories as well as international conflict and risk-on zones. I worked across terrorism, national security & aviation for 20 years, as an assault helicopter pilot and strategic military planner in the British Military.

As a correspondent and filmmaker, I’ve covered in-depth stories on COVID_19, national security, refugees, medicine, mental health, politics, med-tech, conservation, aviation, religion, and energy, broadcast on the BBC, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, National Geographic, History Channel, Travel Channel, Vogue and GE Healthcare.

Mikey’s brother Spencer is autistic and he created an amazing film documentary’ My Autistic Big Brother and Me. ‘ Testimonial by Piers Morgan. ‘My Autistic Big Brother & Me takes you on a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows as it explores the raw and challenging side of autism in adults.

A brilliant and extremely personal documentary filmed over 4 years in the mountains of North Wales, that shines a light on the family and carers who make huge sacrifices to give a severely autistic man an unparalleled quality of life roaming the great outdoors, even to the detriment of their own.’

A big Thank you to Mikey who shares a supportive message for our charity Antibullying campaign ‘Give us a Break!’ taking time out for his good friend Anna whilst he is busy filming in Norway!

Please watch his amazing video below:

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please click here to download the poster print off and please take a photograph of yourself and email it to lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com, so we can share your support by getting involved!

Click here to look at our campaigning from previous years.

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

Our young patron Daisy Hutchinson creates a powerful video for our Give Us A Break campaign 2020

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please click here to download the poster print off and please take a photograph of yourself and email it to lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com, so we can share your support by getting involved!

Click here to look at our campaigning from previous years.

In May 2017 Daisy’s mum sent Anna a message after Autism’s got Talent it said : ‘Hi Anna. We just got home from AGT. I was inspired, moved and entertained. My daughter was mesmerised and enchanted. Daisy is 12 and has autism and learning difficulties. She said she was so happy there and able to be herself. The atmosphere was great. ‘ Jude x Then in July 2017 we met in Covent Garden as a surprise for Daisy. We had a lovely time .

Now 3 years later Daisy is one of my young Charity Patrons and she created this video about what Autism means to her. Proud of you Daisy.

Through the years we have met so many wonderful families , autistic children , autistic adults and friends through this Autism’s got Talent it is very special.

Please watch her video below:

Our Ambassador Thomas Henley supports our Give Us A Break campaign

Our Ambassador Thomas Henley supports our Give Us A Break campaign

Our Ambassador Thomas Henley speaks about #AutiePower in support of our Give Us A Break campaign

Our Ambassador Thomas Henley is supporting our Give Us A Break campaign

There have been some horrific cases in the media and we as a Charity continue to campaign to raise awareness with this growing concern exacerbated further by mate crime, cyber bullying, which has led to some tragic outcomes.

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please click here to download the poster print off and please take a photograph of yourself and email it to us, so we can share your support. Please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

Click here for more details

Tom’s idea to launch this week and carry on after this week since Bullying happens all year round:-

It’s World Anti-Bullying week… let’s talk about AUTISM 🌏

To show your support for autism awareness and inclusion, we invite you to join the ‘Autie Power’ movement!

Posts will be shared and highlighted on our social media, allowing you to share your experience with bullying and make a positive change in society!

How to make sure your story gets seen 👀 :-

 * Post a picture on your social media… striking your best power pose or doing something you love! 💪🏻

 * Use the #autiepower hashtag ♾

 * Tag 5 friends to get this ball rolling ⚽️

Hopefully with enough traction, this will allow the extremely high rates of bullying, mental health issues, and social isolation in the autistic community to get noticed by the mainstream media!

Power to you all and let’s make a positive impact💥

#autiepower

Please watch the podcast as well as the YouTube version below

Special feature for Give Us A Break campaign 2020 supported by Keith McKenzie

Special feature for Give Us A Break campaign 2020 supported by Keith McKenzie

Special feature for Give Us A Break campaign 2020 supported by Keith McKenzie Project Director of Plus Value Awareness

About The Plus Value Awareness

The Plus Value Awareness Initiative along with Differences Originals supports the annual events the Anti-bullying week and Give Us A Break campaign spreading greater knowledge of how bullying affecting hidden differences. This feature contains projects, information and other content against bullying towards hidden differences. This special feature will be online throughout November. Click here to view this

Plus Value Awareness along with (Differences Originals) supports a very important awareness campaign against bullying towards individuals living with the autistic spectrum. Created by Keith McKenzie of Plus Value Awareness has developed a family series of specially created visual designs.

Plus Value poster

This is part of this awareness initiatives to support the November event “Give Us A Break” . The development of the designs is an abstract interpretation which embraces the campaign’s main message “say no to bullying”.

It features a series of shapes within a connected circle which encourages people to spread the word and include pictorial symbols to strengthen the points that any type of bullying towards autism or any other logical difficulties is unacceptable and we must stop it at any opportunity.

A total of three has been developed using different variations to the purple colours which are the campaign’s main colour palette. These designs are mainly developed for social media during anti-bullying week.

Visual design gallery: Click here to discover the image gallery where you are invited to view, share and spread the word on social media & online.

Keith shared:

Bullying can occur anywhere from accessing education through to getting around, using transport, at places, open spaces and even online via social media. In a society that is very judgemental and demanding, it is not an excuse to wrongly single out anyone with autism.

Also, the kind of difficulties an autistic person lives with should not be used to any form of bullying, intimidation, physical abuse or any sort of hatred. We must change attitudes and to trivialise and pain and the hurt when an autistic person is bullied. This means moving away from outdated suggestions and responses such as “ignore it”, “walk away” and “rise above it”. These examples guidance will not stop or prevent bullying.

So instead, take the matter seriously and take action. This is essential to enable an autistic person to move forward positively. Bullying can also occur towards autistic adults beyond the age of 25 can and can cause damaging effects in later stages of life.

So everyone has a responsibility to take action against all types of bullying and hatred. This includes speaking out, challenging and shaming the offender, providing support including change of attitudes and more importantly listen better without dismissive judgements.

Communities need to do their bit as well to combat bullying. This includes being more supportive and to make their environments more inclusive. An important reminder for everyone, if we ignore the bullying and autistic faces it can lead to hate crime and harm many life opportunities. So everybody must do their part to take action against bullying.

There are some personal reasons why I have this. Because I’m black with Asperger Syndrome I have to face escalating amount of bullying, physical abuse, assaults and hatred in the past three years in Birmingham (including some Racism). Despite I have taken many actions this year to various public officials, they have not taken my experiences seriously and have silenced my voice to take action any further.

So I will do anything I can to speak up against any form of bullying and hatred towards autism along with other similar neurological difficulties. Even though I’m in the late forties I can stress enough that bullying can happen to any age who lives with the Autism spectrum.

 
About Keith McKenzie
 
Keith was diagnosed Asperger Syndrome back in 1999 but have observed lack of ground-level representation of individuals with the autistic spectrum outside support environments and felt the awareness communications was too much focused on the medical aspects, parent viewpoints. 
 
For 20 years Keith has used his and others experience to change public perceptions not only within the autistic spectrum but also specific neurological difficulties like Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia along with phobia like social anxiety.
 
Click here to read more about Keith
Announcing our new charity Young Patrons!!

Announcing our new charity Young Patrons!!

We are so proud to announce our new young charity patrons!

Congratulations to our new Charity Patrons and welcome to the AKO Family !!! 

We are fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of Young Patrons who help to raise Autism Awareness and are passionate to change the perceptions on Autism raising awareness and we cannot do this alone and that is why our incredible Young Patrons are so important and fantastic role models. Find out more about about each of our young patrons below who are helping us spread the word who are passionate about helping with our mission…

OJ Bridges

OJ Bridges

​First of all I want to just say that I am so honoured to be a part of the patron team for Anna Kennedy Online it is such a great achievement and can now be a massive highlight to my life.

I feel so proud and will hold this young patron title with such pride and joy.

I’ve loved working with Anna at autism’s got talent and to now support the charity even further is beyond a dream, it is an amazing thing to happen!

I think what I can bring to AKO is that I can spread awareness of the charity through friend groups, social clubs, school and anywhere else I can really!

I think I can also bring a lot of motivation and empowerment as when I need to be there for people or need to speak about things. I am very passionate and motivational in what I say.

Josh Burgess

Josh Burgess

I’m amazed, I feel very proud to have been chosen to represent Anna Kennedy online.

I feel like its a great opportunity to give back to the charity that has helped and supported me, and my family.

I hope to give others like me that have autism along with other medical conditions, a voice and inspiration, that anything is possible no matter the challenges you face, if you have determination and the right support.

T’mya Bradshaw

T’mya Fyffe

T’mya shared that she feels so excited about being chosen to be one of the new young patrons for the charity and is looking forward to supporting Anna Kennedy Online to raise autism awareness and funding.

T’mya feels she can help change peoples view of autism and hopes to inspire other young people like herself to teach for their dreams.

Daisy Hutchinson

Daisy Hutchinson

Daisy shared: “I am over the moon in being chosen to be a patron for the Anna Kennedy charity.

Thank you so much for choosing me.

This will be a wonderful opportunity. I hope the charity benefits from my bubbly, enthusiastic and imaginative personality.

I will enjoy being part of this wonderful charity.

Logan Hull

Logan Hull

Thankyou so much I am flabbergasted to be chosen! I can’t wait to show people Autism can be a positive ability.

I’m looking forward to helping raise autism awareness

Callum Kirrage

Callum Kirrage

Callum shared: I am so happy and proud to be chosen to be a young patron for Anna Kennedy Online.

This charity has helped me a lot and given me lots of opportunities and helped me believe in myself more and and given me confidence, I want to help other people to understand that being different is ok and for people to stop judging and accept people for who they are and that you should not let people stop you from doing what you want to do!

Jack Azagury

Jack Azagury-Slattery

Jack’s Mum shared: Jack understands the importance of being kind to people and he can express a lot of empathy most of the times.

I told him that we were going to help your charity and help children and he gave me the biggest smile. He said “can I help the children with my drawings?” “I want to make them smile and make them happy”

Jack’s communication skills are good but limited, he can often engage well in a conversation but he does need guidance from us.

 Jack will often surprise us and can be very eloquent as well.

One thing we can say about Jack is that he is not shy, he loves talking to people, engaging with them with our help and during all the interviews he has done (radio or live), he has always managed to catch people’s attention, bring some humour and make people smile.

He is very honest and often people love that.

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