Who are we?

Buddy Bench Ireland is an award winning not-for-profit that strengthens communities by educating children as young as three, on positive mental well-being with evidence-led lessons on topics such as kindness,friendship, resilience and emotional intelligence. We are a mental well-being initiative for primary school children who have developed the online "ItsCool2BKind" age appropriate programme for teachers as a CPD to gain the skills to teach the programme to their students using a Buddy Bench as a visual tool.




Primary Schools



Our Programme

We use age-appropriate lessons to foster compassion and resilience in children and give them to the tools to communicate and understand their feelings. 

Age 3 - 6 

Age 6 - 9 

Age 9 - 12



Since 2016 The Men’s Sheds have been making our Buddy Benches for their local school in both North and South of Ireland.

This special relationship reinforces the importance of friendship at any age and brings the entire community together for the special presentation day at school.

We've partnered with a leading organisations (Community Foundation of Ireland, KBC and ESB Ireland) to bring communities together and spread our important message of compassion, kindness and friendship.

A member of Mens Shed Tullow working on a bench of the local primary school

By teaching children as young as three years old, we aim to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland; and in doing so, change our culture for generations to come.

Get involved!

Our vision is a future where each child is supported to thrive throughout their school years in a community that priorities their mental health.


Interested in online CPD training with a full programme of age-appropriate lesson plans, resources and support?


Get our free online parental resources to support your children's mental well-being.


Work with us to promote mental well-being and strengthen ties with your community