Men­tor­ing role all about be­ing a kid again

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

Name: Bruce Har­vey

Age : 53

How long have you been men­tor­ing: 18 months

How I got into it: I heard about it through my part­ner who had been a men­tor and then also be­came a Co­or­di­na­tor for BBBS

Who I men­tor / My Lit­tle

Sis­ter /Brother: Ey­tan

I was in­spired by: My kids had grown up and there­fore I wasn’t needed as much. With no grand­chil­dren close by, I felt I could give time to a ‘lit­tle’ who needed ex­tra time.

It helps if you can: Have an un­der­stand­ing of what young kids like to get into and to be pre­pared to be a kid your­self and have fun.

Things we do to­gether: Walk­ing, play­ing darts and pool, hunt­ing, fish­ing, horse rid­ing, kayak­ing and farm an­i­mal care.

Best ex­pe­ri­ence / best thing about it: See­ing Ey­tan change. When I first met him he was very quiet and shy. Now he has way more con­fi­dence and sim­ply en­joys be­ing part of the ‘fam­ily.’

Best tip: Be your­self. Heart-warm­ing mo­ment: The BIG SIS­TER first time Ey­tan reached out to hold my hand. He felt safe with me.

This isn’t for you if: You can’t give the time to a young per­son and if you don’t have pa­tience.

Big Brothers Big Sis­ters have over 35 chil­dren wait­ing for men­tors, par­tic­u­larly boys. Be­come a men­tor to­day – 03 545 9864 or www.big­broth­ers­big­sis­ter­snel­son.org.nz

Bruce Har­vey and Etyan

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