If ever there was a time for a national, co-ordinated, mentoring volunteering movement, the time is now. But a quick web search tells a very different story.
Take a look at Britain today. Armies of young people crying out for direction, support, attention – time. Around them armies of adults skilled in life wondering what they could do to make a simple difference. Why don’t we match the two? Obvious isn’t it. I guess that’s one of the challenges of the Big Society. People taking action. But despite several searches, there only seems to be a hotch potch of local opportunities, often poorly advertised, and to be honest poorly communicated. Amidst what seems like a massive level of complication, weak information, poor proposition and bureaucracy, these fledgling organisations are a long way from a movement.
Across the pond, Big Brothers Big Sisters have a different approach and experience. Simple proposition, national movement, clean style and offer, emotive solution and inspiring chance to make a difference. Why isn’t it here – right now? Where’s our movement? Where’s our emotional power and calling, our application of our marketing skills? Where’s our Big Brother Big Sister in every town and community? Why isn’t there a Big Brother Big Sister in the Big Society?