In recognition of this current Anti-Bullying Week, Suffolk housebuilder David Wilson Homes has donated a friendship bench to Woolpit Primary Academy in Woolpit.
Close to the developer’s Abbots Green development off Old Stowmarket Road, the school received a buddy bench inscribed with ‘We sit, we chat and ask each other questions.
We leave as friends, with all good intentions.’ for children to use when they need somebody to talk to. Anti-Bullying Week is led by Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is a coalition of organisations and individuals, with the aim to create safe environments for children to learn, play and flourish without judgement or scrutiny.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance recognises that a small conversation can make a big difference. The organisation has reached millions of people across England and has begun to improve attitudes and behaviours towards mental health problems.
Sarah Clayton, Headteacher at Woolpit Primary Academy, said: “The buddy bench has been a lovely addition to our early years environment. The children use it to read on or play together with their friends. We really appreciate the donation.”
Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, Tom Wright, said: “Having a space to socialise with peers, create friendships and be open about mental health from a young age is extremely important.
“We hope that by donating a friendship bench, children at Woolpit Primary Academy will be encouraged to talk openly to each other and staff about how they’re feeling. Anti-Bullying Week is an important annual nationwide initiative, and we relish the opportunity to reach out to schools and organisations within our community and provide support for such a deserving cause.”