The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatu Branch working party commenced work during 2009. The starting month date for the organisation was January 2010. We currently have over 40 matches and are recruiting and training volunteers constantly. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Manawatu Board are committed to making a difference in the Manawatu Region.

There are two programs in the Manawatu.

Community Based

This program is where volunteers are matched with a child ranging in age from 7-12 years from the community. The Volunteer is then required once a week to go to the child’s home and take him/her out for between 1-4 hours to engage in activities. This may include such activities as, biking, swimming, going for a walk, the library, baking, crafts, going to the beach, tramping and many more. The key to our community based program is about consistency and time with your young person. There is a minimum commitment of one year required for all BBBS programmes.

To find out more about community based mentoring click here.

School Based

Our school based program was launched in April 2012. It began as a joint initiative with the Palmerston North Police. 15 Police Youth Aid and Community Constables have been going into selected schools around Palmerston North and mentoring young people for 1 hour per week during school and term time. This program has been a huge success and we have now opened this up to community members. We currently have many community based people working in schools. This program can suit those with time constraints on the weekend but may have flexibility during the week. Mentors go the school, remove the child from class and engage in many activities around the school, such as sports, reading, baking, building, and working in the school garden, assist with specialised school projects that may be unable to be completed at home help with reading and art. A one year commitment is required for all BBBS programmes.

To find out more about school based mentoring click here.