Buddy Bench

A simple idea to eliminate loneliness and isolation and foster friendship and inclusion on the playground or in any public space. They work best when the bench is clearly identified as such, to stand out from other simple benches. It becomes a safe space for a young person to sit when they may need help, a friend to talk to, or any other social-emotional needs met. It is important that the youth that will use the bench are educated beforehand about its purpose. Many examples of benches and success stories with them are found on line.