About Us


Buddy Bear Friends is the leading campaign of award winning social enterprise Lead a Bright Future. This visionary programme stemmed from one of our Lead a Bright Future projects with young people that wanted to address bullying.  

This holistic programme supports young children to embrace their inner superhero. To nurture friendships, well-being and learning powers.

The Programme began with a children's superhero storybook created by a group of inspiring teenagers together with Lead A Bright Future. It is now a whole school community approach, with a holistic programme of fun and educational workshops and resources. 

Children's superhero Buddy Bear and the team visit nurseries and primary schools for children in their formative years (aged 4-7 years), for an action packed mission, to promote being kind, loving yourself and being a good friend. 

It has gained the support of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Giving Something Back initiative. As well as preventing bullying, it nurtures children's well-being, attainment and achievement in line with CfE and GIRFEC.

The whole school community is being inspired by Buddy Bear Friends, with hundreds of acts of kindness.  

Lead a Bright Future CIC

Awarded Social Enterprise of the Year, East & Mid-Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2016.  
Lead a Bright Future brings out the best in teens. 

We ignite young people from all walks of life to become PASSIONATE, CREATIVE, SUCCESSFUL & CONNECTED.  

Our enterprising community projects based approach provides a practical ‘learning-by-doing’ experience. This allows young people to apply theoretical learning to real life experiences, improving their well-being, educational attainment and achievement. As well as building life and work skills the young people discover a sense of purpose and pathway, their confidence and resilience increases, and they enjoy new people skills.

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