We Strive To Make A Difference To Young Lives
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman is now in its 20th year of providing mentoring friendships to children in need of additional adult support.
Since the first ‘match’ in Nelson was made in 1998, the programme has grown to where it now has more than 190 young people matched with a mentor each year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman works in partnership with the Nelson Police and has a strong relationship with the local Nelson community.
Our Vision is that every child who needs a mentor, has a mentor.
Our Mission is to build, strengthen and promote positive relationships between children, youth, adults and families by facilitating positive and rewarding mentoring relationships within our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman operates three core mentoring programmes:
Community-Based Mentoring: Mentors and young people meet on their own either after school or on the weekends (1-4 hours a week). Together you can share the kinds of activities they already like to do, such as: kicking a ball, playing games, flying a kite or walking the dog at the beach.
School-Based Adult Mentoring: Volunteers spend one hour a week meeting with their young person at a local school. This mentoring only occurs during the term time and only on the school grounds. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a resource box that the mentor and young person can use, full of activities and ideas. The Schools which have adult mentors in are currently Auckland Point School, Victory Primary School, Nelson Central School, Nelson Intermediate School, Nayland Primary School, Birchwood Primary School, Stoke Primary School, St Joseph's School, Richmond Primary School, Henley Primary School and Waimea Intermediate School.
School-Based Teen Mentoring: College age students (year 12-13) from Nayland College, Nelson College for Girls, Waimea College and Motueka High School mentor a young person at a local primary school for one hour each week. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a resource box that the mentor and young person can use, full of activities and ideas. The Schools which have teen mentors are currently Nelson Central School, Victory Primary School, Nayland Primary School, Birchwood Primary School, Stoke Primary School, Henley Primary School, St Joseph's School, Nelson Intermediate School, Tapawera Area School and Parklands Primary School.
One hour. Once a Week. One life.
"John is wonderful, Tama thinks the world of him, and I think he's great too for all the time he puts into my son. I'm so thankful we managed to get into Big Brothers, what you guys do is awesome!"