Celebrate Friendship Friday
Celebrate Friendship Friday in your school or youth club
Friendship Friday celebrates the importance of friendship while raising vital funds for Kidscape. Children and staff can donate £1 to come to school dressed in yellow, the colour of friendship.
When is it?
Your school or youth club can host their own friendship day on any Friday of the year - however, we are encouraging all schools to hold a ‘Friendship Friday’ event on Friday 10th November in the lead up to Anti-Bullying Week (ABW) which runs between 13-17 November 2017.
Good friends are invaluable to our success and happiness; they give us confidence, make us feel valued and offer support and love when we need it. At Kidscape, we see many children in desperate need of a friend, and witness the drastic difference it makes to their happiness and self-esteem when they find one.
Friendship Friday is an interactive and fun way to promote friendship, anti-bullying and inclusive behaviour and this year we are encouraging schools through our free resource pack to celebrate difference and equality by talking about friendships between very different people/characters – that would seem unusual but really work. For example:
- Wallace and Gromit
- Woody and Buzz Lightyear
- Timon and Pumbaa (Lion King)
- Charlotte and Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web)
This is to work alongside the theme for this year’s ABW – 'All Different, All Equal'
We have also created a resource pack for ‘Early Years’ children designed to go along with our new series of short animated films Feeling Happy, Feeling Safe.
Complete the form below to receive your free resource pack and host your own Friendship Friday or ABW event in your school or youth club.
Schedule a playdate for Friendship Friday!
Friendship Friday isn’t just for schools... This year, we’re opening up Friendship Friday to everyone!
To mark Friendship Friday, we would love you to organise a playdate with your children’s friends on November 10th. The playdate could be with someone you already know or, preferably, someone you’ve never had a playdate with before. We’d love to see how you get on, so please take a photo of the friends holding hands, high fiving or fist bumping (just make sure we can’t see their faces if you don’t want them identified). Please then share the image on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or whatever you use) using the hashtag #FriendshipFriday. Here’s some example messages you could use:
- We made a new friend today on @Kidscape’s #FriendshipFriday #FridayFeeling
- We had a great playdate today thanks to @Kidscape’s #FriendshipFriday #FridayFeeling
- We’re celebrating #FriendshipFriday for @Kidscape by making new friends!
If you want to help, but can’t host a playdate, then please support #FriendshipFriday on social media by posting a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook on the day wearing something yellow (the colour of friendship), with a message about how important your friends are. Remember to tag them so they can see your message, and encourage them to do the same. You could even post a picture of yourself with your friends!
If you don’t have children yourself, you can still have a playdate! On the day, why not schedule a coffee with a neighbour, go for a jog with a new friend, or have lunch with a colleague you’d like to get to know better? Again, we’d love to see your pictures.
If you’d like more inspiration or support for getting involved in Friendship Friday, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise funds for Kidscape
Our Fundraising Pack will automatically be sent with the school resources on completion of the form below. If you would like to celebrate Friendship Friday and hold your own fundraising event outside of school (for example in your workplace, place of worship or local community) please email email@example.com. All funds raised will help us provide vital support to children, families and schools to keep children safe.
These resources have been developed by Kidscape to help educate and protect children in your care and promote positive relationships. We always advise that you look through the resource in full and make any adaptions necessary to suit the age and development needs of the children that you work with.
We welcome feedback and ideas for other subjects you would like us to cover.
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