On Wednesday 13th October we will be welcoming Joe Plumb to the College to talk about his life and career.
Joe Plumb is a multi award-winning public figure, specialising in bullying, social care and mental health.
At the age of 12 Joe started volunteering at a specialist youth cafe devoted to young people with additional needs. This sparked his passion for voluntary work and he continued to volunteer for national organisations such as the British Medical Association, The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and The British Youth Council.
From a young age Joe was the victim of bullying but this gave him the determination to create change and awareness for other young people who were suffering, so at the age of 13 he set up the 'Speak Up, Speak Out’ campaign with support from Richard Branson, James Arthur and X Factor’s Sinitta Malone.
In partnership with the Home Office, Joe also developed a supportive disclosure toolkit to help those with Autism and other additional learning needs, better communicate what was going on if they were experiencing bullying.
Joe has spent over a decade campaigning to change mental health services and implement better ways to help children and young people stand up and speak out against bullying. He strives to make the world a better and safer place for all.
“No matter who you are, or some of the barriers you may face in life, you can achieve and shine no matter what. At times life and people may knock us down, but you can achieve. Getting back up isn’t always easy and as humans, it’s normal to sometimes take some steps back. What is important is that no matter what, we get back up and continue to make steps forward, no matter how big or small.”
We look forward to welcoming students to this fantastic talk with Joe and encourage you to come to the event with questions for Joe.