Community

Making A Positive Difference In The Life Of A Young Person

24 January 2018

The Family Works Buddy Programme contributes to the emotional and social well-being of children by
matching them with carefully selected and trained adult volunteers in a well-supported mentoring
relationship.

The programme matches children aged 4 – 12 years with couples or individuals who share experiences, as
they have fun together on a weekly basis doing no (or low) cost activities.

The programme has been operating in Otago for 25 years and is focused on boosting children’s lives with friendship, fun, encouragement and positive attitudes.

Buddy volunteers are quick to express the importance of the programme for them, the young person they
support and the difference it makes. They talk about the opportunity to connect with different parts of the
community, to learn new skills and to have some fun and laughter with a young person. Adult Buddies are all ages, and they have a range of interests and experiences to share.

Prospective Buddy volunteers attend an initial training course which covers topics such as communication
skills, guidelines and how to build a relationship with your Young Buddy. Ongoing support and supervision is
given to all Adult Buddies.

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a young person in your community, please contact local
coordinator Sharon Bell on 021 223 2265 or email buddywanaka@psotago.org.nz