Big Sister Volunteer - One to One Match Program

(Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph)

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Position ID: V-GUE0094 Last Modified: 16 May 2018 Last Full Update: 16 May 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactMarg Allen, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph; Phone: 519-824-5154; Fax: 519-824-6156; Email:
DutiesA volunteer Big Sister will be a positive role model and mentor to a child (Little Sister). Volunteers will see their Little Sister on a consistent basis, usually once a week. The volunteer and child will participate in fun activities such as biking, crafts, games, watching movies, sports, etc. Volunteers and children are matched based on location, interests and age preference.
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BenefitsVolunteers receive training in child safety, child development and communication skills. The experience gained presents an opportunity for personal/career development and satisfaction as a result of experiences, training opportunities and support. Volunteers also feel a sense of fulfillment because they have provided a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment for a child and may develop a lifelong friendship. 
For the child, this relationship will provide acceptance, guidance, support, companionship and new experiences.
ClientsGirls from the ages of 5 to 16. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, it is our collective mission to promote the healthy development of the children and youth of our community through a variety of quality mentoring programs.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+)
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Mentorship / Leadership
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Mentoring & Training ; Must enjoy spending time with children; possess an ability to care for children/youth regardless of economic situation, cultural background etc.; a mature and responsible disposition. The ability to be a great listener is also highly encouraged.
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) - A commitment of 18 months is required ; In order for the children to enjoy the long-term benefits of a mentor this opportunity requires a long term commitment. Time must be spent with the Little Sister on a regular and consistent bases.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Dates and TimesVolunteers, Little Sisters and parents arrange times to get together based on their own schedules.
SeasonsYear Round ; Volunteers are asked to commit at least 18 months to being a Big Sister.
LocationGuelph (various locations)
Number of PositionsGuelph: 5 individual(s) 
5 individual(s) needed in total. 
There are children currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult mentor in Guelph.
TrainingOrientation - One time session ; Training is provided ; Training is required - Attendance at a Volunteer Training Session is mandatory ; Volunteer Training, ongoing support of a Caseworker for the duration of the match.
TransportationNear public transit ; Access to a vehicle is preferred but not mandatory.
CostLow-cost or no cost activities are strongly encouraged. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph often receives tickets, discounts or coupons for volunteers and their Little Sisters.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interviews, References, Family & Children's Services Check, Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
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Start DateOn or after 15 May 2018
Display Until30 Jun 2018
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Organization NameBig Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph
Office Phone519-824-5154
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285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3V8
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