Children’s TV Mega Star Andy Day, along with his band The Odd Socks, is patron and long term supporter of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA). Now Andy is setting out on a three-week mini tour of schools up and down the country to promote this year’s Anti-Bullying Week on behalf of ABA and its theme for 2022 ‘Reach Out’.
Andy started the tour in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland and is now en-route to surprise children by visiting primary schools during assemblies in Glasgow, Warrington, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Cardiff in the lead up to Anti-Bullying Week which starts on 14th November.
Anti-Bullying Week has become a fixed annual date in the diary for thousands of schools across the country and is an important vehicle for the discussion of bullying and how to deal with it at a young age.
The tour dates are as follows:
- 3rd Nov – Glasgow
- 4th Nov – Wigan
- 7th Nov – Manchester
- 8th Nov – Wolverhampton
- 9th Nov – Bristol
- 14th Nov – London
- 16th Nov – Cardiff
In line with the theme ‘Reach Out’, Andy will himself be reaching out to his many friends and celebrities in children’s TV such as Mister Maker, Nigel Clarke, Evie Pickerill, Rory Crawford, Naomi Wilkinson and Hacker the Dog, to join him on his school visits and help promote this years’ campaign.
This will be the 6th year that Andy and the Odd Socks have officially supported Anti-Bullying Week. Their intention is to help make the serious subject of bullying understandable for young children, especially with the introduction of Odd Socks Day which launches Anti-Bullying Week on Monday 14th November. Odd Socks Day is a simple but effective day whereby children and their teachers wear odd socks to schools to highlight that we are all different and to celebrate what makes us all unique.
Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said:
“We all have one thing in common: we’re all different! Celebrating difference in all of us is a powerful commitment, and can act as a giant step in addressing bullying. We are delighted that schools, children, parents, grandparents and workplaces will be wearing their odd socks with pride and are so grateful to Andy and the Odd Socks for their continued support helping, with their toe-tapping songs, to encourage children to reach out about bullying and celebrate what makes us all unique.”
Andy Day said:
“I am incredibly proud to be a patron of the Anti-Bullying Alliance along with my band Andy and the Odd Socks, and to be helping launch and support Anti-Bullying Week again this year with our Odd Socks Day campaign.
“This year’s theme ‘Reach Out’ is a brilliant message to empower children to reach out to friends, or someone they trust if they need to talk about bullying. I’m so excited to finally be able to go back out to schools and discuss this important message in person following a disruptive couple of years with covid restrictions. I hope that children will enjoy being able to chat with me about the theme as well as having lots of fun singing along with the songs we’ve created throughout the years.”
Get involved online via: #OddSocksDay #AntiBullyingWeek #AndyandtheOddSocks
For more information about Anti-Bullying Week visit https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day