Information for Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Agencies
Finding the tamariki (young people) most in need of a mentor is a vital task. Some struggle to access the supports they need for their family. If you know a young person who meets the requirements below and would benefit from a mentor you can inform the Big Brothers Big Sisters team.
This information is safely filed and if there is a possible Mentor match.
Big Brothers Big Sisters will contact the young person's Parents/Caregiver to arrange an interview. There is no need to contact the team 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 young person and mentors, not all notifications can be accepted. The team will contact you if this is the case.
Child Criteria for Mentoring
The young person must be aged between 6 and 12 years.
There must be factors around their life that leads to them missing out on the same opportunities and experiences afforded to other young people, while keeping in mind our mentors are volunteers and therefore have limited capacity and training to deal with the more complex situations. Research says mentoring works best with young people without major behavioural concerns.
Parents/Caregivers must consent to their young person participating in the programme and be willing to engage with the Big Brothers Big Sisters team.
We ask that (where appropriate) agencies mention the notification to Parents/Caregivers, while also reinforcing that "Big Brothers Big Sisters can not guarantee any child will have a mentor because they 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.