The Island’s 2017 Christmas Party, Sunday 10th December 2.30pm to 4pm

It’s nearly that time of year again, The annual Island Christmas Party! This event which is organised and hosted by some brilliant students at St Peter’s school, is always tremendous fun for our children and their mentors.

If you and your mentee are interested in coming down, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of The Island staff team!:)

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Our mentoring co-ordinator getting into the fun of dressing up at Christmas!

 

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Getting ready to get started

 

 

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Some detailed designs happening

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Lots of festive fun

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The children loved the face painting

 

Volunteer Mentor Training at The Island York

The Island York is always looking for new volunteer mentors and we have a training cohort coming up! Please don’t hesitate to book on!

The training is separated over the course of 3 evenings and to become a mentor you will need to attend them all. The October dates are:

Thursday: 12th 5-8;30

Tuesday: 17th 5 – 8.30pm

Tuesday 24th 5 – 8.30pm

If the above dates are not suitable, then please contact via email at enquiries@theislandyork.org. We offer Mentoring Training sessions three times a year.

The Island York’s Halloween Bounceathon!

BOUNCEATHON POSTER – Click the link for the poster

Date: Saturday the 28th October

Time: Various slots available between (9pm-9am )

Entry fee: £5 p\p for an hours bounce inc socks £1 donated directly to the island 60 spaces available per slot.

Venue: Energi Trampoline Park York

 

Come along and bounce with us to help us raise money. Come all night, or book a slot, it will be great to see you all! If you would like to book places for any children, friends and family please contact The Island York on: 01904 628449

Rotary Club: York Dragon Boat Race

Thank you to Aviva, The Botanist and Choc-Affair for their support at Sunday’s Rotary Club, York Dragon Boat Race. It was a great team effort and we are looking forward to hopefully having a team participate in next years boat race.

Our thanks also to Victoria at The Naughty Food Company for providing an excellent buffet for the team and volunteers.

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Children’s Charity The Island is chosen as Run for All’s Partner!

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The Island – a local Children’s Charity has been selected as the fundraising partner for York’s Mini & Junior Run!!

The event takes place on the 6th August – start time after the 10k approx. 11.45

Youngsters between 3 and 8 can tackle a 1.5km course, while 9 to 14 year olds can run up a storm in the 2.5km event. Both events are FREE to enter, thanks to the kind support of the Arena Group.

Every child who crosses the line will receive a goody bag and finisher’s medal to show the world they did it!

The Mini Fun Run (1.5K) is an event for children aged 3 – 8 years only, who must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years. The parent/guardian must register their details (including date of birth) on the registration form. During the registration process the parent/guardian will be able to enter their children’s details.

The Junior Run (2.5K) is an event for children 9 – 14 years only. Entries must be completed by a parent/guardian aged 18 years or over on behalf of the child.

School Based Mentoring: Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Recruitment

School Based Mentoring is a project run by a group of 12 volunteer mentors supporting 10 particularly disadvantaged young people in year 5 and 6. The project runs for 20 weekly sessions across the academic year between November and May. Each pupil is matched with a mentor and together they take part in one hour of sports and games and one hour of one to one activities. This one to one time encourages skills development and support. The scheme is coordinated by a Project Leader who liaises with the school, supports the volunteers and leads the sessions.

The project has run for three years now and the results documented the development of meaningful relationships and personal development for all involved.

Sessions are energetic and fun but also provide opportunities for quiet discussion of any worries or challenges the young people may be facing.

The School-Based Mentoring project will be expanding from September. The Island is currently recruiting volunteers. The scheme provides a great opportunity to mentor in a school setting, and to participate in group and one to one interactions.

If you would like to apply, please click here to download an application form and return it via email or post to the addresses below.

Should you have any questions please get in touch.

The Island York App is now available!

The Island York App is now available to download for free from the App Store.

The App has links to all activities and events in and around York, all our fundraising events and provides ways to donate!

What you waiting for?! Get Downloading! Go on your App store on your phone and type in  The Island York and hit download!

The Botanist fundraises for The Island York

During the festive period, The Botonist is spreading a little extra Christmas cheer by helping raise money for The Island York.

The Botonist will be adding a contribution of £1 per table to each bill that will go directly to The Island. They will also donate 25p from every kids meal sold to The Island. We are so grateful, so please encourage family and friends to go along for a fun time, great food and fantastic atmosphere.

Click Here to visit the website and menu

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Ware & Kay Solicitors conquer The Major Series!

ware-and-kayuOn Sunday 16th October, Ware & Kaye Solicitors not only conquered The Major Series but in the process managed to raise just over £600 for our charity.

On behalf of everyone here at The Island Mentoring Scheme, we would like to thank all those at Ware & Kay who supported and competed in The Major Series. It has been such an encouragement. The Island Mentoring Scheme seeks to raise fund locally through various events and once again we are so thankful to Ware & Kay and all those involved for raising funds to continue this vital service to children and young people in York.

The Press – Click here to visit the link

York Chamber of Commerce – Click here to see the link

An Island Mentee is awarded with the Young People’s Shine Award 2016

Shine Awards photo 2016We are incredibly pleased to announce and super proud to say that one of our lovely young people has received a prestigious Young People’s Shine Award.

The event was hosted by editors of Shine magazine, City of York Council’s magazine, who provided the promotion of activities and opportunities for young people around the city.  Door 84 Young People’s Space in the Groves kindly offered their venue for the evening. A team of young people who make up Door 84’s events team kindly gave their time to organise the event this year.
The award for the young person was requested by her mentor for being an inspirational young person. The mentor said ‘Her thoughts are always with how she can help others and she goes out of her way to assist anyone and everyone. She has turned her thoughts to a bigger project: raising money for St Leonard’s Hospice. In her own words she ”wants to help people have a better life with cancer”. She has put a lot of effort into making all of the sponsorship forms, leaflets and banners from scratch. She has chosen to do a 6-mile run / walk around York and is currently turning it into an event that the whole community can join. The event will take place later this year and she is working hard on putting it together. She would never expect to be recognised for her thoughtfulness, but I feel that she deserves to be.’

The young person received her award and even got to try on the Lord Mayor’s chains, she was super happy and we are certainly very proud – Thank you Shine Awards for embracing these young people and acknowledging their achievements.