Primary school's buddy bench helps children learn about friendship

July 10 2022
Primary school's buddy bench helps children learn about friendship

A FISHPONDS primary school has unveiled a new 'buddy bench' to help children learn about friendship.

The bench at Minerva Academy in Hillfields was carved by local sculptor Nick Cozens and funded by the Medlock Charitable Trust and The Friends of Minerva.

Vice-principal Jen Shaw said: "The idea is simple – if a child feels lonely, they can sit on the bench as a signal that they need someone to play with. Another child will see them and will know, through pre-taught friendship bench social skills, to go and talk to them and invite them into their game."

The bench was unveiled in May to mark National Mental Health Awareness week and the theme of loneliness.