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Friendship bench added to Longridge school to help stop bullying

Posted on - 1st December, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Longridge, People, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, Schools
Barratt Homes have donated a ‘Barratt Buddy Bench’ to Barnacre Road Primary School in Longridge, near Preston, Lancashire. Pictured L-R Hope, Eva, Ms Heppinstall, Elliot, and Harrison aged 4

A friendship bench has been donated to a Longridge school to encourage children to help one another and stop bullying.

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The friendship bench at Barnacre Road Primary School, donated by Barratt Homes, is for the children to use when they need to talk to someone. It has a message inscribed on it that says: ‘We sit, we chat and ask each other questions. We leave as friends, with all good intentions.’

Fiona Heppenstall, Deputy Headteacher at the school, said: “We are thrilled with the addition of the Barratt Homes’ Buddy Bench to our outdoor area as a way to help children develop their social skills, and we hope that they will use the bench as a means to communicate their feelings when they need a friend.”

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The bench was installed to mark Anti-Bullying Week, which took place from 15 to 19 of November, led by Anti Bullying Alliance, a group of organisations and individuals who aim to create safe environments for children.

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