Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends

Zippy’s Friends is a programme that helps young children (Year One and Two) of all abilities to develop coping and social skills. The programme teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them including topics such as communication, friendship, solving problems and moving forward.

Children take part in interactive activities, games and participate in role-play with Zippy and friends based upon situations they may encounter. The programme works with a whole year group and not just specific students.

Apple’s Friends (Years Three and Four) builds on what has been taught in Zippy’s Friends and introduces Apple the hamster. It covers themes similar to those in Zippy’s Friends. 

We are working in partnership with Partnership for Children to deliver Zippy’s and Apple’s Friends. We work with schools to train your staff to deliver Zippy’s and Apples Friends and host regular training sessions so that school staff can access the training.

If you think the Zippy’s and Apple’s Friends programme could benefit your school and students please contact our team on 0191 256 2449 or use our contact us form.


The BU Programme is a group intervention which aims to build young people’s resilience to cope with the emotional challenges of everyday life, learning and school and develops their foundations for positive mental health. The programme is designed to support children and young people who may be:

  • struggling to manage their emotions
  • becoming withdrawn
  • having difficulties with confidence, self-esteem or friendships
  • at risk of developing more severe mental health difficulties

The programme is delivered in two hour sessions over six weeks and covers five units:

  • Communication
  • Friendships
  • Self-image
  • Coping with feelings
  • Basic mental health

It has a proven track record of improving young people’s sense of wellbeing, including increased confidence and self-esteem, communication and relationships, and engagement in school and community activities.

 A school staff member said:

It is important that we can help students deal with their thoughts and behaviour. This is why we are working with Children North East because they are very good at it.

If you think BU could benefit your school and students please contact our team on 0191 256 2449 or use our contact us form.