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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.

How we help

Tamariki and young people who work with a mentor will develop:

Improved self esteem and self confidence

Increased awareness about the wider world and the opportunities open to them

Increased motivation

Improved decision making (making better choices)

Stronger, more stable friendships

Who is eligible

Eligibility criteria differ depending on where the child lives. We offer this service in Christchurch and Marlborough.

Where to start

If you would like to become a mentor or you want to find out more about mentoring for your child please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

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