Referring a Young Person

Our mentoring programme provides a safe and supportive space for young people to foster a sense of belonging and self-worth, and the opportunity to unlock their potential; creating more fulfilled and connected tamariki and communities. The majority of the young people who come through the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme are looking for positive adult role models outside of their existing support structures

Young people aged 6 - 12 are matched with an adult volunteer based on personality, shared interests, location and other factors that will help the match be successful. Once a week, for a minimum of a year, the mentor meets with the young person to spend time together – it could be baking, crafts, going to the beach, playing sport – the possibilities are endless.

What are some of the benefits?

Mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to make a lasting, positive impact in the life of a young person. A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

✓ are more confident

✓ are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol

✓ do better in school

✓ get along better with their family and friends

✓ feel better about themselves*

Who will be mentoring my child?

Our volunteers generously offer their time for a period of 1 year. They come from all walks of life and must be over 18. The safety of your tamariki is extremely important to us. All our volunteer mentors are thoroughly screened with background screening including reference checks, police checks and training before being matched with a young person.

Every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained Coordinator (Kairuruku).

We would love to be able to provide a Big Brother or Big Sister for every child that needs one, however we do have some criteria for applying:

*Aged 6-12 years of age

* Lives in the Christchurch City region

* In need of an additional supportive, consistent, adult role model

* Able to make weekly outings with a mentor

* Has minimal involvement from other agencies

* Has a parent or caregiver who will support the mentoring and will ensure they are available for regular contact with program staff

* Would not raise safety concerns for our mentors through complex behavior’s or mental health diagnoses as they are everyday people and not trained in these 


How do I let you know about my child?

If your child meets our criteria above, then you can submit a referral to let us know more. One of our team will give you a call to discuss the referral with you, however, depending on our volumes of referrals, this can take up to a couple of months. If you have particular questions, you are welcome to call us.




If you are unsure that your young person meets our criteria or are unsure of the process, then please get in touch and the team will happily help you.

Other community agencies that may be able to help