The work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch is all about “adding in” to the lives of young people in need of some extra care and attention.
We do this by matching young people – largely between the ages of 6 to12 – with suitable adult mentors. The young person and their mentor meet once a week with one of the key objectives being to have as much fun as possible doing things they enjoy – and in the process building a friendship.
"Mentors become like a stake in the ground next to a sapling, providing stability and a listening ear to the young people as they navigate their way through a tumultuous time of life"
We’re not talking about children who are particularly troublesome who already have access to a range of supports – we’re talking about kids who fly under the radar most of the time and therefore get very little attention from anyone.
Often lacking in self-esteem and confidence, these young people are longing for someone to take an interest in them, to listen to what they have to say and to help them come to terms with life’s challenges. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch provides such children with adult mentors.
Mentors are from all walks of life – young and old, some who have experience in the field and many others who want to give it a go for the first time. Each are prepared to give one child, one hour of their time, once a week.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring both in the community and in certain schools across Christchurch. It’s our role to encourage, help and support the mentors as these relationships develop.
Mentoring relationships have been proven to be key in bringing hope to young lives, helping to keep them out of trouble and therefore giving them a future. You can check out the most comprehensive research into the benefits of mentoring by clicking here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch is part of the broader group Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand, which in turn is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters International.