Last Friday, the Member for Glass House Andrew Powell, in conjunction with the Wamuran and Region Men’s Shed, presented a ‘Buddy Bench’ to the students of Elimbah State School.
“The buddy bench is a simple idea to help eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. I believe it’s important to spread the message of inclusion and kindness, and I want to help local schools achieve this.”
Last year, after having approached the Men’s Shed with the idea, construction began almost immediately.
“The Men’s Shed loved the idea of a buddy bench and were more than willing to be a part of the project. Elimbah State School were also on board as soon as the idea was suggested. I love the fact that our community groups in the Glass House electorate are so eager to help each other.”
Buddy benches operate as a signal to and from kids on the playground. If someone is feeling lonely or left out they go and sit on the buddy bench, which in turn indicates to other kids that they should consider asking whoever is on the bench to join them.
“Kids can be awkward and shy, so the buddy bench is intended to help kids communicate non-verbally that they are in need of a friend.”
The bench was presented to Elimbah State School students and staff on the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
“However, it isn’t just for Elimbah! I am currently working with other schools and Men’s Sheds in the electorate to deliver more buddy benches, so watch this space,” Mr Powell concluded.
Ends 19 March 2019