The Island is a registered charity that has been operating since August 2007. It offers support to 8 – 13 year-olds in York who may be struggling to cope at home, at school, or in the wider community, or who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives.


The Island links these young people with volunteer mentors with whom they meet on a weekly basis over the course of a year (or longer if required). This allows them to develop supportive, ongoing relationships, whilst also providing them with the undivided attention and ‘islands of space and time’ they need to increase their confidence and self-esteem, participate in worthwhile recreational activities, and move forward in their lives