Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It happens after school or on the weekend. It’s all about an adult volunteer (over 18) and a young person (aged between 5 & 18) spending one-to-one time together doing things they both enjoy - a few hours, a couple of times a month. Most sessions take place in the community, at a library, a park, the beach or at other free facilities.
The mentor picks the child up from their home and drops them home afterwards. The mentor arranges times with the parent/caregiver.
Sessions last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, with most spending a little over an hour together in a typical session.
About half community based matches meet over the weekend and the other half in the early evening of a weekday, after school.