About Foroige Big Brother Big Sister Programme
This programme is operated by Foroige, the National Youth Development Organisation. The Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Programme is a professionally supported friendship programme for young people aged 10-18. It operates by matching adult volunteers in the community with young people who require a little extra support in their lives. Volunteers are asked to develop a friendship and create new opportunities for young people. The young person and adult volunteer are matched-up based on common interests and personalities. They meet once a week for a year and together decide on the type of activities that they would like to do.
Big Brother Big Sister Volunteers are asked to spend one or two hours a week with a young person. Participants are between the ages of 10 and 18 and are individuals who would benefit from developing a friendship with a caring adult outside of their family.
Together the adult and the young person will decide on the type of activities they would like to do ... go for coffee, play football, do arts and crafts, play computer games or listen to music.
This role can be flexible for both the mentor and the young person; meetings will happen at a place and time that is mutually convenient.
You can read more about Big Brother Big Sister at https://www.foroige.ie/our-work/big-brother-big-sister/about-big-brother-big-sister
What's required for this position
Good range of hobbies and interests
- Community Development/ Social work
- Hospitality/ Befriending
- Youth/ Childcare
Level of English required for this role:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 1 year
Hours required: 1hrs Weekly
Location of volunteering opportunity:
Screening details for this role:
- Formal Interview
- Garda Vetting
- Application Form
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- Support/ advice/ recognition
- Initial induction and training
- Reimbursement of expenses
- Insurance cover
- Ongoing training opportunities
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
Volunteers will have an opportunity to develop frienship with a young person, share common interests and try new things. It's great fun, you'll do things that you haven't done in years