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 leads to them missing out on the same opportunities and experiences afforded to other young people (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

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.