Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson runs numerous events throughout the year for mentors and their young people and organises fundraising activities to raise funds for its youth mentoring programme. These events are listed below, along with community events in the Nelson/Tasman region that mentors and their young people might be interested in.
Strategic Plan 2017-2022
Please click here to access the 2017-2022 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman One-Page Strategic Plan.
2017 Annual Report
Please click here to access the 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman Annual Report.
August Report Card.
Please click here to access the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman August Report Card.
“I’m so happy that you are my daughters mentor because she is excited to have you in her life. Each time before you come to pick her up, she counts down the hours and minutes which makes me happy that someone meaning you has put a spark back in that little girls eyes."
“(Mentee) absolutely loves (Mentor), they are perfectly matched. I am really impressed with the programme.”
Email from Mentee’s Mum to Jacquie. “I am truly grateful that Big Brothers Big Sisters have helped me with my little girl. I have seen such wonderful progress with her. (Mentee’s) confidence has been built up her choosing of right and wrong has improved and myself and her relationship has had some great progress. Big Brothers Big Sisters are a great asset to Nelson in helping our young children wide and far also of many cultures and to know that there is that access that can help a big family like mine. Thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters the time that many volunteers put in to help other young ones has been great I am sure that there are other families that can testify to the help and support that they have received from this organization. With saying that there is little room that I can see that needs improvement of a friendly supportive family oriented organization that Big Brothers Big Sisters stand for.”
"Everything is going great. (Mentor) is wonderful, (Mentee) thinks the world of him, and I think he's great too for all the time he puts into my son. I'm so thankful we managed to get into big Brothers, what you guys do is awesome!"
Chairperson's Annual Report
15th December 2016
On Tuesday 13th December the Big Brothers Big Sisters board held their Annual General Meeting. Please click on the link below to view the Chairperson's Annual Report.
6th Aug 2016
After three-and-a-half-years as the programme director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rachel Saunders is handing over the reins.
22nd Aug 2016
After three seasons as the organisation's centre manager Routhan is moving on to become the programme director at Big Brothers Big Sisters, her last week coincidentally falling when the New Zealand national team will play in Nelson for the first ever time.
13th May 2016
We are so pleased to be able to announce that a grant from New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) fund will enable us to establish a NZSL Mentoring Programme – this announcement can be viewed in NZSL in the video below.
The first phase of the NZSL mentoring project is being launched during NZSL Week 2016 as we begin to develop a programme that will connect deaf children with a mentor, using New Zealand Sign Language as the primary mode of communication.
1st March 2016
Some conversations really do start something: something that lasts, something big. Sometimes there’s a moment when a seed of an idea is planted, and it germinates, takes root and grows. When young police officer Trevor Gaskell was out on a routine patrol in Toronto, he had no idea that a conversation he would have that night was to be one of those moments – a catalyst for something far greater.
It was the late 60’s, and Trevor was doing a 3 ½ year stint with the 52nd division of the Metro Toronto Police Department. This particular evening while on duty with his partner, an officer by the name of Dave Boothby, the usual banter and jokes between the two were not forthcoming. Dave was unusually quiet and seemed distracted. In typical style, Trevor asked Dave what was up.