#birdsandthebees

#birdsandthebees

This is a social action campaign which Co-op Academy Manchester students are leading to help look after our environment alongside raising awareness about healthy relationships. The words ‘birds and the bees’ having more than one connotation – the literal meaning, relating to birds and bees, and this phrase also being used when talking about relationships.

 

Look after the little things…

The birds and the bees

We are passionate about looking after the environment. We believe that, if we all play our small part and get involved, this will add up to a big impact on our local area and the environment in general.

Just this year our Academy Eco-Warriors have been planting trees and making bird feeders and bird houses to hang up around the academy grounds. Through our #birdsandthebees project we hope to see the return of our bee hives and a new colony of bees. Our bee keeping club will look after them and will be responsible for producing our very own honey which will be available for sale.
Students have recently been involved in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Green Plan-It Challenge and recently won ‘Most Innovative Garden Design’.

This academic year we have also launched a weekly tutor group litter pick in the local Plant Hill area.

We also regularly recycle paper and plastics that are used in the academy and plan to remove most of our single use plastic in the near future. Our Family charity of the year is Just a Drop – a charitable organisation, helping to provide clean water and sanitation in poor countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

…and the big things will follow!

Healthy Relationships

There’s so much more to healthy relationships than just ‘the birds and the bees’.

The term relationships includes any connection you may have with another person e.g. with a parent or a friend. Every relationship is different but there are some things you should always look for. In any relationship you should feel safe and respected. You should be able to feel like you can be yourself. You shouldn’t feel scared, controlled or intimidated by anyone else. You have a right not to be bullied – especially by someone who says they are your friend or a loved one.

Top 6 signs of a Healthy relationship:

1. Good communication
2. Respecting each other
3. Trust
4. Honesty
5. Both people feeling equal (Equality)
6. Having your own interests/friends.

We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone understands what a healthy relationship is. Through our Family system and curriculum we dedicate time to education and awareness for all students on healthy relationships, consent and sex education. It is important that we spread the word that everyone deserves a healthy relationship and, importantly, can recognise when they are in an abusive relationship and can find the advice and support they need.

 

 

The following websites give essential information and advice about healthy relationships for all.

 

Childline – Tel: 0800 1111
https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/friends-relationships-sex/sex-relationships/healthy-unhealthy-relationships/
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

 

Family Lives – Tel: 0808 800 2222
https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/sex/healthy-relationships/
Supporting parents and making happier relationships, happier families and a stronger society.

 

Stonewall – Tel: 08000 50 20 20
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
Information and support for LGBT communities and their allies.

 

Young Minds – Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544
https://youngminds.org.uk/
Making sure all young minds get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

 

Kooth
https://www.kooth.com/
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Chat online with a counsellor.

 

Young Minds – Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544
https://youngminds.org.uk/
Making sure all young minds get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

 

ThinkuKnow
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/Need-advice/Relationship-abuse/
UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Advice is aimed at children and at parents.

 

Loveisrespect.org
https://www.loveisrespect.org/
Offer education, support and advocacy to teens and young adults, as well as their concerned friends and family members, who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.

 

Relate – Online Chat facility available
https://www.relate.org.uk/
Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.

 

Women’s Aid – Tel: 0117 944 4411
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
A grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.