Fundraiser at the YWMB Networking Event

On Monday 14 May, Catherine Adamson organised a raffle at the York Women Mean Business networking event to raise funds for her upcoming 109-mile walk and wild camping challenge across the Cleveland Way. Catherine is hoping to raise £10,000, which will be split equally between The Island York and Sash.
Raffle Prizes

The number of businesses who gave generously to Catherine’s fundraiser was incredible. Throughout the evening, the YWMB group raised an amazing £520, which is a great result.

Catherine’s main challenge aka the 109-mile walk will begin on Saturday 2 June and she’s hoping to complete her mission by Friday 8 June. She still has a long way to go in order to reach her £10,000 goal, however, we are confident that she will be able to reach her target.

As a small charity, £5,000 is a lot of money to us. £5,000 means that we’ll be able to offer 333 one-to-one activities to the children and young people who use our services. The activities provide the children and young people with the opportunity to explore their potential, whilst working closely with their fully trained mentor. Our one-to-one mentoring service has proven to enhance the mental, emotional and social well-being of children and young people as well as reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour within our communities.

If you are able to support Catherine by sponsoring her, then we’d really appreciate it. To donate visit >>> https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineAdamson

On behalf of everyone here at The Island York we would like to thank you for your generosity and support so that we can keep our services going.

Sainsbury’s Food Bank Donation Drive for The Island, York

On Saturday 5 May, shoppers at Sainsbury’s Monks Cross were invited to find out more about our food bank during a donation drive. This also gave us the opportunity to share stories with Sainsbury’s customers about the impact their donations have on local children and their families who use our services.

During the day, we were kindly given over 280 items, which will be given to local vulnerable families who need it the most. We also raised an incredible £361.93 from our Tombola, which was a huge achievement. The money raised from the tombola will go towards helping the children and young people who use our services to enhance their mental, emotional and social well-being.

We’d like to thank the Sainsbury’s team at Monk’s Cross for their hospitality throughout the day as well as the customers who stopped to find out more about our work, got involved with our tombola and donated items towards our food bank. Your generosity is hugely appreciated.

If you would like to make a donation towards our food bank, then please email us at enquiries@theislandyork.org

 

The Island, York – Mentoring Training – May 2018

The Island’s training is back on offer again for potential Volunteers wanting to support one of our provisions. The dates are Thursday 10th/17th and 24th May 2018 all from 17:30pm – 20:30pm at 32 Priory Street, York, YO1 6EX. The training we offer is FREE, however, accreditation’s for both the training and volunteer hours  completed are available at a small cost (inquire for more details)

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer please complete the application downloadable at https://www.theislandyork.org/volunteering/ or for further information email the Island on enquiries@theislandyork.org/tel 01904 628449.

‘The experience was challenging but rewarding. It was encouraging to see how much my mentee looked forward to our sessions’

(A mentors feedback)

External Training Opportunity

Brightsparks have been successful in gaining funding to run a 3-day Essential Skills for Working with Children and Young People course again.
This free three-day course will provide an introduction to working with children and young people and will cover:
  • Understanding the children’s workforce
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Dealing with trauma and attachment issues
  • Developing emotional resilience in children & young people
  • Employment and career development coaching
This will help learners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to consider if working or volunteering in this sector is right for them. Learners will receive a certificate on completion, plus one-to-one careers coaching to support them to take their next steps.
All details can be found on the booking link

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.

stall at drgaoboat                                  drgaon boat

 

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!