How Aunties and Uncles works

Aunties and Uncles is a mentoring program for vulnerable and socially isolated children aged 1 – 11 years.

The mentor relationship (known as ‘links’ within A&U) offers each child time, attention, care, stability, guidance and exposure to new experiences and opportunities to empower them to reach their potential and establish their future.

Each ‘link’ lasts for a minimum of 12 months, with many relationships continuing well beyond this.

Our caring and non-judgemental Coordinators are social workers with extensive experience in child welfare and protection. They evaluate the needs of each family and thoroughly screen prospective volunteers. They then link children with a suitable volunteer ‘auntie’ and/or ‘uncle’. Aunties and uncles are over 18 years of age, from all walks of life, and have a friendly, caring nature and are able to provide a consistent and nurturing relationship for a child.

The volunteer aunties and uncles spend quality time with their ”linked” child being a positive influence and role model in their lives. Over time, a lasting friendship is developed. Many of the children have experienced a lot of change in their lives and so it is important that volunteers are able to commit to 2 days a month, for at least one year, to their niece or nephew.