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Buddy Benches are currently used to encourage inclusion in elementary schools, and the City of Edmonton is hoping the same principle can help reduce urban isolation in our city. Starting June 27, 2017, Buddy Benches will be placed in Edmonton neighbourhoods as a pilot project to help turn strangers into neighbours.

These benches will be specifically painted to invite people who are feeling lonely to sit on them. If someone notices a person sitting on a Buddy Bench, they are encouraged to sit with them and start up a conversation.

The Buddy Bench Pilot Project is part of the “Hello, How Are You?” campaign, which encompasses two council initiatives: the Council Initiative on Urban Isolation and Mental Health and the Council Initiative on Seniors. The campaign encourages Edmontonians to connect within their communities to help prevent social isolation. The pilot came about after a young boy approached city administration hoping to have his school’s Buddy Bench concept implemented on a larger scale. Thanks to this suggestion, Buddy Benches will allow Edmontonians of all ages to support each other and start up a conversation simply by saying “Hello, how are you?”

Buddy Bench Locations

Buddy Bench Map

Neighbourhood Address
Downtown 10024 103 Avenue
Downtown 10029 103 Street
Oliver 11811 Jasper Avenue
Garneau 8354 112 Street
Strathcona 103 Street and 82 Avenue
Mill Woods Mill Woods Recreation Centre
Mill Woods Mill Woods Library and Seniors Centre
Mill Woods Mill Woods Park
Westmount Westmount Shopping Centre
Westmount Matheson Seniors Residence
Westmount 13450 114 Avenue
Century Park Century Park Transit Centre
Southgate Southgate Transit Centre

For More Information

Zanette Frost

Telephone

780-442-4849

Email zanette.frost@edmonton.ca

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