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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.


The Ripple Project

Ripple Buddies is a peer mentoring project which builds positive relationships between children and young people. Ripple Buddies pairs young volunteer ‘buddies’ aged 14-19 with local children who are in primary school or S1. The project is based on building strong individual relationships between the children and their positive peer mentors. The buddies provide 1:1 attention, advice, and fun to the children. Ripple Buddies provides a safe and secure space for children to play and build friendships away from the external pressures of home and school life.

The volunteers are provided with support and training and find it an extremely fun and rewarding project to be a part of! “I think Ripple Buddies is fun and when I’m stressed out it makes me happier” A child who attends Ripple Buddies “I think Ripple Buddies is an amazing experience, it is great to make a difference in someone’s life and see how you can help change the local community” A young person who volunteers as a Buddy “Ripple Buddies has made [my child] feel happier to talk about things that have been bothering her. Her confidence has improved…The staff and buddies are so kind and helpful. The bond the kids get with their buddies is wonderful” Parent of a child who attends Ripple Buddies.

If you know or work with a child you think would benefit from attending the project, please get in touch with Gemma Elder to make a referral by emailing or calling 0131 554 0422

Young people interested in volunteering as a Buddy should complete and return the application form at to Gemma –
4 - 12, 17 - 25, 13 - 16
Days and Times
Monday 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Tuesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
198 Restalrig Road, South Restalrig

North East 
Contact Details
Contact Person: Gemma Elder
Contact Telephone: 0131 554 0422
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 19 September 2018