Role models for children and young people
Positive role models are important to a child or young person’s development. For some children, events or circumstances out of their control can make them more vulnerable to negative influences. That’s when a mentor outside of 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
Children 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. Contact the Family Works Service Centre nearest you to find out more about mentoring for your child.