Who are we?

Help us stop, Isolation and Exclusion in the playground by educating children and fostering friendships, using a Buddy Bench as a visual tool.

Buddy Bench Ireland is an award winning not-for-profit that strengthens communities by educating primary school children, on positive mental well-being with evidence-led lessons on topics such as kindness, friendship, resilience and emotional intelligence. We have developed an online "Children's Mental Health Programme" an age appropriate, evidence led, programme for teachers to gain the skills to teach the programme to their students using a Buddy Bench as a visual tool. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the mental health of a generation of children. But the pandemic may represent the tip of a mental health iceberg – an iceberg we have ignored for far too long, being pioneers in the sector we have the skills, expertise and passion to achieve our goals and spark that change.

"Small steps creating big change"

Proudly as a social enterprise we operate to meet a social need. Social enterprises generate profits that are reinvested back into the organisation to reach the beneficiaries, in our case, primary school children , rather than distributed among shareholders.




Primary Schools



Our Programmes

We use online age-appropriate lessons to foster compassion and resilience in children and give them to the soft skills and coping 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 schools 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 for Ireland, The National Lottery, Coca-Cola, 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 an online Children's Mental Health 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