Buddy programme to mark 21 years

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STAFF REPORTER

Big and little buddies from the Family Works programme are being sought to help celebrate 21 years of mentoring in the community.

The Buddy mentoring programme provides support, fun and new experiences to children up to the age of 12 in need of connection, positive influence, friendship and positive relationships.

It matches a big buddy with a little buddy and all big buddies get extensive training and ongoing support.

The programme turns 21 this year, and celebrations are planned for October 20.

Records dating to 2003 show that in that time there have been 11 co-ordinators, 100 big buddies, 100 little buddies, and many more little buddies on waiting lists.

“We have been so grateful to all of those who have been involved over the years and really made this programme what it is today.”

Waiting lists are at present much lower, as there had been a good number of big buddies getting involved over the past 12 months.

Family Works manager Liz Nolan said 21 years in the community was a real milestone for any volunteer-based programme.

“We have been so grateful to all of those who have been involved over the years and really made this programme what it is today.

“We think that 21 years is something to celebrate and we intend to make this a fantastic celebration for all.

“We are looking for all past big buddies, little buddies and buddy co-ordinators to get in touch with us so we can invite them to join us.”

Family Works is a service of Presbyterian Support South Canterbury.