The Inside Column 10/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 10, 2013 No Comments

Hi to all. I hope you have had a good week.


This week I had a meeting with Rachel Rae the programme Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children and young people aged 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships.


The young people served by the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme are among our most vulnerable. Their goal is to provide quality, committed mentoring wherever there is a need for the programme. Consequently, in response to requests from local communities the programme has been established in 15 locations around the country, with a number of other areas in the developmental stage.


Their vision is that all young people achieve their potential in life and their mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people through strong and enduring mentoring. Their research highlights the powerful, positive, lasting impact mentors have on children’s lives.


The Big Brothers Big Sisters model of mentoring has been affirmed by rigorous, ongoing external evaluation. This independent research has shown the positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters International and meets their strict guidelines and standards for delivery of the programme here. The Big Brothers Big Sisters brand is associated with excellence in service to youth, and that commitment to excellence in service delivery is shared by the New Zealand team.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson is now in its 15th year of providing mentoring friendships to children in need of additional adult support. Since the first ‘match’ in Nelson was made between an adult and a young person in 1998, the programme has grown steadily and now has more than 140 young people who are matched with a mentor each year.


I think this is a excellent opportunity for us as a church family to support this work here in Stoke. If anybody would like more information on how to get involved there are some flyers in the foyer, our you can come and talk to me about getting involved. 




Yours in Christ


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