Big Brother Big Sister Programmes


The Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) Programme run by Foróige is a youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships between a young person and an adult volunteer.

The BBBS programme is based on the idea that having a caring adult friend can help build positive assets in young people, such as a commitment to learning, social skills, and resisting negative behaviours, in order to enable the young people to have a positive sense of self and of their future.

The programme matches a young person with an adult volunteer with a view to developing a supportive mentoring friendship for the young person. Once this relationship is established the BBBS programme can then address the needs of the young person that have been identified in the referral process.

BBBS also operates a mentoring programme in schools. The aim is to provide additional support to young people who have made the transition from primary to secondary education. The programme matches first year students with fourth/fifth/sixth year students. They meet once a week, for a school year and participate in games, sports, making lunch etc. in the school.

Eligibility: Young people aged 10 – 18 years from a variety of backgrounds who would benefit from developing a friendship with a caring adult outside of their family.

Referrals: Referrals can be made by statutory, community and voluntary agencies or by parents/guardians and young people themselves.

Contact details:

North of Co. Tipperary: Natalie McKnight, Tel. 086-822 4873, E-mail:

South of Co. Tipperary: Emer Cusack, Tel. 086-010 7154, E-mail: