Community-Based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationship. It is all about one-on-one time spend between a volunteer (Big) and a young person (Little) doing things they enjoy for one or two hours, a few times a month, for a minimum of 12 months.
Bigs and Littles undertake a range of shared interest activities which may include playing board games, sporting activities, baking a cake, sharing a pizza, kicking the footy or making something together. The emphasis is on the gradual development of a friendship rather than the activity itself. Bigs are encouraged to undertake activities that are of little or no cost.
The timing and frequency of activities can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and young people in different kinds of situations. Some meet on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together after school. Participants agree what would work best for them.