Monday, May 18, 2020

 

This week Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme in Mayo launched its Bee-BBS Initiative to encourage young people to spend time outdoors and enjoy the wonderful insects and wildlife in their gardens.

Big Brother Big Sister flower bed

Sunflowers Seeds have been sent to young people and volunteers across Mayo.

Big Brother Big Sister is a youth mentoring programme operated throughout Ireland by Foróige.

It provides support to young people by matching them with inspiring and caring adult volunteers who share in their interests and assist them in fulfilling their goals and aspirations.

While they cannot meet face to face at the moment, volunteers and young people continue to keep in touch through video calls and technology.

Big Brother Big Sister has now sent packets of seeds to every participating young person and volunteer mentor with the aim of helping them bond more while they add colour and vibrancy to their gardens.

The whole initiative coincides with World Bee Day which will take place on May 20

Peter Duffy, project officer with Foróige, said the initiative recognises how important it is for young people to strike a balance between staying indoors and being outdoors: “The present Covid 19 restrictions are placing so many limits on everyday activities and this sometimes causes a lot of frustration for young people and families.

“With our Bee-BBS project, we are highlighting that life has changed rather then stopped. It is the perfect time to slow down and reflect on the wonderful natural world that surrounds us. Through the pursuit of gardening, volunteer mentors are helping young people to develop a new interest that will lead to the promotion of positive mental health.”

The Big Brother Big Sister programme is always looking for adult volunteers. Contact your local project officer on (086)3835859  for south Mayo or (086)0436757 for north Mayo for more information.

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