Positive role models are important to a child or young person's development. For some tamariki, events or circumstances out of their control can make them more vulnerable to negative influences. That's when a mentor outside usual family networks can be of enormous help.
Family Works mentors provide positive, one-to-one attention for children and young people aged 5-15. They are trained and screened volunteers who receive regular supervision.
Mentors and mentees are matched according to their interests and to the needs of the child or young person. They meet weekly to engage in activities that they both enjoy - going to the park, playing games, cooking, crafts, fishing and other outdoor activities.