Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Programme

Our “Bigâ€? Need – Calling male volunteers

As a club with a long tradition of voluntary service in the community, Sligo RFC was invited to a meeting organised by Ms. Yvonne McManus, Foroige, and attended by members of other local organisations. The following is a resume of Ms. McManus’s presentation:

The Big Brother Big Sister programme operates by matching adult volunteers in the community with young people who require a little extra support in their lives. Volunteers involved develop a friendship and create new opportunities for young people. Typically, volunteers and young people gather at their Local Youth Project for about an hour each week, where together they can play games, pool, table tennis, sport, cooking, art n’ crafts, have a bite to eat, photography or use the computers. Other volunteers and young people may like to go for a coffee, shopping or a walk about! There is great variety and flexibility built into the programme as matches can meet at a time that suits them each week.

Volunteers can get involved individually or perhaps as a group of friends who may like to get involved together? Due to the extensive waiting list of young males been referred to the programme we encourage male adult volunteers to come forward and give an hour of their time.

Big Brother Big Sister is a great way for people to get involved in their community at a level which can really make a difference to a young person. It’s a simple idea, yet one which is hugely enjoyable and very rewarding for both volunteers and young people. Volunteers are provided with initial training and are fully supported by a professional youth worker.

The Big Brother Big Sister Office is located in the CRIB Youth Project, Rockwood Parade, Sligo. Contact no 071-9146526 / 086-8516087 or email ymcmanus@foroige.ie