To mentor with BBBS you will need to provide the following information:

  • An expression of interest detailing your motivations to mentor and any relevant experience.

  • All details required to process a DBS check

  • Two personal references

To mentor with us, you should also:

  • Be over 18 years old and based in, or near the Oxfordshire area

  • Be interested in developing a positive friendship with a child

  • Be trustworthy, energetic, mature, stable, reliable, accepting, patient, caring and respectful of others

  • Be supportive and non-judgmental in your interactions with children

  • Promote the welfare and safety of the child

  • Act with integrity

  • Be comfortable with the Big Brother Big Sister core values, policies and procedures


BBBS mentors will be expected to:

  • Commit at least 4 hours per week, for at least one year

  • Ensure the safety and security of the child during the time you spend together

  • Work effectively as part of the team supporting that child - including social workers, parents / guardians, teachers or other agencies.

  • Keep BBBS informed of life changes that may impact the match

  • Be consistent and dependable and maintain a steady, positive presence in the Little Sister's or Little Brother’s life

  • Involve the child or youth in deciding how to spend time together

  • Listen to and respect the thoughts and viewpoints of the child or youth, and focus on their strengths

  • Have realistic expectations, and be prepared for any issues that may arise

  • Use available resources, including the support and guidance of local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency staff