Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) – Tuakana/Teina is a charitable trust which was recently launched in Rotorua and is committed to providing one to one mentoring friendships for youth by providing caring adult role models.

Mentoring programmes provide young people with the adult role models that many do not have in their everyday lives and also offers support to caregivers who may not have the time, circumstance or resources to spend that extra quality time that children and young people can benefit from. Research shows that youth who have a big brother or big sister show real differences in their personal, educational and social skills development.

Those involved in the programme are generally between the ages of 7 and 12 years and mentors (volunteers) share 1 – 4 hours a week with them sharing ordinary everyday moments e.g. cooking, fishing, hunting, playing games, sports or just going to the beach.

Local coordinator Darryl Parker has now made several matches and they come from quite varied family situations including single parent, blended families and Grandparents raising their Grandchildren.

Pictured are Paul and Stalin who were recently matched. Last year Stalin was placed in the care of his Nan. Nan is doing a great job but wanted Stalin to have regular contact with a positive and caring male who could also do the physical outdoors stuff with him. Both Paul and Stalin are loving it and are looking forward to developing a long term solid friendship.

If you are interested in the BBBS programme either as a mentor or for mentoring feel free to contact Darryl on 07 349 9414 or email darryl.parker@bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz