Information for Ōtautahi (Christchurch)
Can I get a mentor for my child?
- If they are aged between 6 and 12 years
- Have factors around their life that makes them more vulnerable than other (keeping in mind our mentors are volunteers and therefore have limited capacity and training to deal with more complex situations. Research shows mentoring works best with tamariki without major behavioural concerns.
- And you, as the Parent/Caregiver will support the Big Brothers team, the mentoring programme and the success of the match
Then complete the 'Notify Us of a Young Person Form' below and let the Ōtautahi team know you are interested in getting a mentor for your child.
This information is safely filed and if there is a possible mentor match the team will contact you to arrange an interview. There is no need to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters again about the submitted form or process. It is simply a waiting game. Due to the high demand for mentoring and specific requirements for the children and mentors, not all notifications can be accepted. The team will contact you if this is the case.
How long will it take to get a mentor for my child?
There is sadly no guarantee that any child will have a mentor because we are dependent on the availability of volunteer mentors and funding (that said, there is no cost to parents for their child to have a mentor). Parents can wait just a few months to hear from the team. Unfortunately some have to wait much longer due to the shortage of volunteers or factors that make the child a little harder to match.
Who will be mentoring my child?
The volunteers generously offer their time to your young person for a period of one year. Aged from 18 up, they come from all walks of life, They must complete a screening process, including police checks, and training before being matched with a young person.