What do Jessica Rowe, Neil Perry, Sophie Falkiner and our very own Joel Chianese have in common?
They are all Ambassadors for You Can Sit With Me, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2015 in a bid to help children suffering from non-inclusive behaviour, anxiety, depression and loneliness as a result of feeling isolated.
As part of the program, adults who work with children aged between 4 and 18 are asked to identify the natural leaders in their group and these children are educated gently in how to help a child who approaches them.
They are then given a highly-visible You Can Sit With Me wristband to wear and children struggling with isolation can approach the wristband wearer at any time, knowing that they can sit with them, no questions asked.
Having originated in New South Wales, the home state of founder Sophie Whitehouse, the program is currently being rolled out nationwide and Chianese and Perth Glory are proud to be supporting this worthy cause.
The Glory midfielder was recently handed a certificate to mark his appointment as an Ambasador by You Can Sit With Me’s WA representative, Rose M De Rossi and is delighted to be on board.
“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “Bullying and isolation can have such a devastating effect on children and I’m really looking forward to helping You Can Sit With Me to combat that through their wristband concept.”
Glory will be partnering with You Can Sit With Me at one of our home Hyundai A-League fixtures this season.
For more details of the organisation’s fantastic work and to find out how you can help, visit https://youcansitwithme.org