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Sticks and Stones the award winning Anti-bullying Drama Programme™


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About Us

Welcome to Ireland’s longest running and most innovative Anti-bullying Programme, the award winning Sticks and Stones Anti-bullying Programme™

 “Every child should be able to fulfil their potential free from the damage that bullying causes,” Patricia Kennedy, Founder

Sticks and Stones Anti-bullying Programme™ offers a three strand approach for the whole school community; children, young people, their teachers, and parents.


As an independent social enterprise, Sticks & Stones is deeply grateful to the support of these organisations to amplify our impact and continue our vital work. 

The Community Foundation for Ireland

Sticks & Stones has received funding from The CommunityFoundation for Ireland to further develop our programme.  Plus a Grassroots LGBT Fund award  to devise our “Safe for Everyone” Workshop, which specifically tackles homophobic bullying.
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ESB Electric Aid Ireland

ESB Electric AID IRELAND aims to make a real impact on a small number of specific causes. Suicide prevention and counselling was selected by ESB staff as an area to be funded. In recognition of the role that bullying can play in the suicide of children and young people ESB Electric AID IRELAND provided funding in 2012 that enabled us to expand our programme and reach more schools.

Ashoka Changemakers Award

As part of a world-wide Ashoka Changemakers competition “Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters”, which attracted over 600 nominations from 74 countries, Sticks & Stones was identified as one of the top three European solutions that advance empathy for children at risk, and received the Chemins d’Enfances (Paths of Childhood), Springboards: Let’s Innovate for Children! Award.




Your workshops are excellent. I am a passionate anti-bully principal who invests a lot of time and energy into the pro-active dealing with, and prevention of, bullying. I would have felt that I was very aware of bullying issues in the school, but often the workshops have thrown up stuff that I completely missed. We need more of them. I’m in a disadvantaged school and we always fund the workshops when we book them. Really though, if the government are serious about the bullying issues they need to support Sticks and Stones.


CBS Primary, New Ross, Co. Wexford

“Our workshops co-incided with inspection in the subject Social Personal and Health Education by the Dept. of Education & Skills. The inspector was greatly impressed with the workshop and follow up work. As a teacher and School Chaplain I found it excellent and feel that it has made a big difference. Students now think more about the way they treat each other.”

School Chaplain

Mohill Community College, Leitrim


Latest News

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2014

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2014

From over 200, Patricia Kennedy, founder of Sticks and Stones Anti-bullying Programme™ was identified as one of Ireland’s top 40 Social Entrepreneurs and is currently in the final 12 for a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Elevator award. The winners will be announced...

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Do you Tattoo?

Do you Tattoo?

When it comes to #CyberSafety  and #CyberBullying people often talk about a digital footprint, at Sticks & Stones we liken your cyber activity to a Tattoo. Some tattoos are nice, some are ugly, but all are hard to erase, and even if you go to great lengths to get...

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Our Supporters

As an independent social enterprise Sticks & Stones is deeply grateful to the following companies who have supported our work, either financially or with benefit-in-kind. Click on their logos to go to their websites. We also grateful to the hotels that provide us with accommodation, which means we can bring our programme to children all over the island of Ireland. 

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