Bench acts as visual reminder

Maebh O'Leary, Ginger Fotheringham and Jackson Cooper on the Buddy Bench at Watervale Primary School.
Maebh O'Leary, Ginger Fotheringham and Jackson Cooper on the Buddy Bench at Watervale Primary School.

An idea of the Clare Youth Action Committee has seen the installation of 'Buddy Benches' at both Watervale and Auburn Primary Schools.

The bright benches provide a safe area for school children, who might be lonely and want to make friends, to go and be noticed.

Youth Development Officer Tiffany Corfield said the Buddy Bench would send a visual signal to other children making them aware that they may need to extend a hand to help another.

She said they were about fostering friendship and being inclusive of those around you.

These two benches, recently installed at both primary schools, caps off the project which has seen a number of centres benefit from them - including Clare, Riverton and Saddleworth Primary, along with Clare Valley Children's Centre.

Mrs Corfield said the benches were welcomed at each school by the students and the teachers.

Thanks to the support of Gilbert Valley's Lions, Sanders H Hardware and Pink's Mitre 10, along with the Clare and Riverton YAC, students of all ages will benefit from this project.

Mrs Corfield also thanked Gary and Trevor from Mid North Environmental Services for their assistance in building, repairs and transport of the benches.

Auburn Primary School's Buddy Bench occupied by reception student Olivia Wewzow and year four student Ryleigh Senar.

Auburn Primary School's Buddy Bench occupied by reception student Olivia Wewzow and year four student Ryleigh Senar.

YAC is the voice for the youth in its towns.

Mrs Corfield said they had a number of projects underway including spray art on the Lennon St Council Depot and a learner driver mentor program.