Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It happens after school or on the weekend. It’s all about the volunteer and the young person spending one-on-one time together doing things they both enjoy –usually for an hour or so, once a week.
The mentor arranges the time with the child’s caregiver and picks the child up from their home or school. Most sessions take place in the community, at a library, at the park, at the lake or maybe at a mountain bike track. It’s not so much about the activity but about spending quality time together developing the relationship.
Wade and Luke were one of the first Rotorua matches. Their mentoring friendship has been going for nearly three years now and is still going strong. Wade and Luke have lots in common including a love for fishing and hot rods cars – what a great match!