COVID-19 Response, Resources & Updates
As the provincial guidelines change, we will share information on this page to support the activities of match participants. Across the country, BBBS agencies are collaborating to curate resources that support volunteers, children and families at all stages of the pandemic.
GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON MATCH VISITS
Update: June 9, 2021
Our province will be moving into Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen on June 11. While there are no changes to our match visit guidelines, we recommend that you review the update and expectations below and continue to comply with public health guidelines, as usual. Enjoy the outdoors!
Update: June 2, 2021
After a long wait, the provincial stay-at-home order has been lifted! Effective today, matches can begin to meet in-person as long as you remain outdoors, keep two metres apart, and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. We encourage all match participants to practice proper hand hygiene and only meet in person if all parties (volunteer, child, parent/guardian) are comfortable doing so. We also recommend that, prior to any in-person outings, match participants complete the BBBSG COVID-19 self-assessment form, linked below.
We are keeping a close eye on the Ontario government’s three-step Roadmap to Reopen and will continue to keep you updated through our website and email. In the meantime, please reach out to your caseworker if you have any questions at all. Your health and safety is our highest priority – always. We expect match participants to continue to follow public health guidelines moving forward, and to learn more we encourage you to visit the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health website.
OUTDOOR MATCH ACTIVITY IDEAS
- A quick knock at the door and you will be onyour way.
- Enjoy some conversation while strolling aroundthe neighbourhood.
- Play games along the way – eye spy, two truthsand a lie, never have I ever.
- Play distanced sports – catch, Frisbee, soccer, bocce ball.
- Design an obstacle course to challenge each other.
- Ride your bikes and explore new places together.
- Pack your own lunch…and a big blanket to spread out on the grass.
- Watch the clouds or the birds or people in the distance.
- Play games on your picnic – charades, heads-up app, lawn pictionary.
- Complete a craft project outside (using nature you find on your walk).
- Create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
- Plant or tend a garden together.
VIRTUAL MENTORING AT BBBSG
We know–virtual mentoring is new for everyone. It can be challenging to identify the impact you’re making, as a volunteer, when you’re connecting with your Little Brother/Sister via technology, instead of the more familiar in-person visits. That being said, you ARE making an impact. Research studies have already shown that children who have access to a mentor (including virtually) during the pandemic, are less likely to experience anxiety, and are better able to handle life’s challenges. Where other relationships have been lost, the consistency of Big Brothers Big Sisters has remained ever-present, and helped to build resilience in children. Linked below are three resources that have been designed to support virtual mentoring: a curated list of activities from the BBBS Guelph team, our agency Pinterest page of possible activities, and a toolkit from our friends across the BBBS Canada network.