What is Brothers in Arms?

Brothers in Arms is an organisation that provides one-to-one mentoring for young people aged 7-15 years old that have been identified as being at-risk, for various reasons.

 

Is it compulsory?

No. We will only accept a referral for the child / young person that you are the parent/caregiver of if we have both you and your child’s consent.

 

Who are the mentors?

Our mentors are all volunteers. They go through a comprehensive vetting process including an interview, full police check, and character references. They also undergo training with us before they start which covers our expectations and what to do to keep a young person safe while they are with them.

 

How often do they see each other?

The mentors and mentees usually see each other once a week, on a day and time agreed on by you both, and it doesn’t have to be the same day every week. This can range from an hour or two to half a day, depending on the activity.

 

Are there any other events?

Yes! We have a Beach Day at the start of the year, which is open to all mentors, mentees and whānau. We also have an annual camp, and other fun group events throughout the year.

 

Do I have to pay anything?

No. This service is totally free, including all activities and camps.

 

How can my child/young person get a mentor?

Referrals need to come from professionals, such as the police, Oranga Tamariki, school social workers or other community social workers. Please contact the social worker involved with your child to discuss this option. We don’t accept referrals from family members.