Mentoring role all about being a kid again
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