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Andy and the Odd Socks Rallying Call for Children Nationwide To Come Together For Odd Socks Day 2020

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Andy and the Odd Socks Rallying Call for Children Nationwide To Come Together For Odd Socks Day 2020

This year has been challenging for us all, but more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. That’s why the theme for Anti-Bullying Week is announced as ‘UNITED AGAINST BULLYING’. Children and schools have told us that Odd Socks Day has never been more needed. With all of the nation’s children trying to return to a ‘new normal’ after a long period of isolation, it has never been more vital to come together and support each other to unite against bullying. Since 2017, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Andy Day (CBeebies / CBBC), and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, have held Odd Socks Day, a day for children to come together to celebrate what makes us all unique, to be kind and accepting of each other’s differences and most importantly to be themselves. Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying week, run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance of which Andy and the band are patrons. Anti-Bullying Week will launch with #OddSocksDay on Monday 16th November in schools across the country. There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes. All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school on November 16th, it couldn’t be simpler!

56% of primary schools (that’s over 5 million children) in the UK took part in Odd Socks Day 2019 which marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. Andy and the Odd Socks and the Anti-Bullying Alliance issue rallying call to ask ALL primary schools to unite against bullying by taking part in this year’s Odd Socks Day.

The Anti Bullying Alliance and Andy and the Odd Socks worked with your people to develop the message funtivity for this year’s Anti Bullying Week. The primary school pupils we talked to were loud and clear. They want to feel

• Together – to feel part of a community that stands up for the right things.
• Powerful – to work together to make sure that no child ever has to experience bullying again.
• Empowered – to know that we all have a part to play in addressing bullying, no matter who you are or where you’re from – you can make a difference to someone’s life.

For more information visit www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk