Make A Difference this Christmas

The festive season can be a difficult time for the children who use our services here at The Island. During November and December, we offer extra support to those who really need it in order to help them get through the Christmas period.

Support that we offer, include:

  • Additional Mentoring Sessions: offering children who struggle with their mental, emotional and social well-being with extra mentoring sessions provides our Volunteer Mentors with the chance to build and maintain their Mentee’s confidence, self-esteem as well as to help them overcome challenges which the Mentee may face during the Christmas season.
  • Provide families with Christmas Food Hampers: many of the children who use our services live in households where there is in-work poverty. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Island team delivers Christmas Food Hampers to York families who are struggling to put food on the table for their children and of course, for themselves.
  • Christmas Party: Each year, we work with St. Olave’s School who kindly hosts a Christmas Party for the children who use our services. The Christmas Party provides the children who use our mentoring services with the chance to meet other Mentees and Mentors and is a great opportunity for them to make new friends, develop their social skills as well as build on their confidence and self-esteem. Many group activities take place during the party, which we provide arts and crafts materials for. We find that a Christmas Party brings everyone together and really raises positive feelings amongst our Mentees.

If you would like to make a donation towards our services, please click here, alternatively, if you would like to set up your own fundraiser or would like to provide us with food and drink for our Christmas Food Hampers, then please email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Island and Make It York presents ChoirFest

A collaborative project between The Island and Make It York, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a ChoirFest outside the Mansion House on St. Helen’s Square on Saturday 8 December, 12noon – 4pm.

Bringing together four of York’s finest choirs, the event will showcase a wide range of Christmas and popular music tunes which will get you, your family and friends into the festive spirit. Choirs performing at the event, include the In Harmony Ladies’ Choir, Stamford Bridge Singers, Acomb Community Choir and ending the event on a high will be Lucy’s Pop Choir.

The event is free of charge, however, there will be a collection bucket, so people can make a donation towards our worthy cause if they wish to do so. The donations generated from the event will go towards our one to one mentoring programme which is and hugely successful but oversubscribed service here at The Island.

Our one to one mentoring programme has a high success rate in transforming the lives of children living in York. The programme lasts one year and provides the mentees with the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and develop coping mechanisms so that they can take positive steps forward in their lives.

We hope you’ll get involved in the festivities by coming along to show your support. If you would like to volunteer at the ChoirFest, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

If you are coming along, then don’t forget to RSVP your attendance at at https://www.facebook.com/events/972181946315517/ 

To download a copy of our poster, please click here.

We hope to see you there in your Santa hats and have your singing voices ready!

The Concert Series with the Lord Mayor of York

We are over the moon to be working with the Lord Mayor of York, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and York Music Hub to bring you an evening of music at the York Mansion House.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 15 November, 7pm-8.30pm will showcase the work of St. Peter’s School and the York Music Centre, whose youth string quarters are renowned as two of the best in Yorkshire.

Tickets for the event are £20 each which includes a drink (a glass of wine or soft drink) can be purchased at >>> http://ow.ly/nn6930mn1SR

We hope you’ll come along and join us for what is guaranteed to be a night to remember!

The ways which the profits raised from this magnificent evening will benefit The Island massively. At the moment there are 81 young people in York currently awaiting a mentor. The funding we receive from this event as well as the other fundraisers which the Lord Mayor of York is hosting on behalf of his chosen charities will allow us to reduce our waiting lists.

If you have any questions, would like to host an event in aid of The Island or want more information about us, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.