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!:)


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



Getting ready to get started




Some detailed designs happening


Lots of festive fun


The children loved the face painting


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 on: 01904 628449




Rotary Club: Dragon Boat Race

Thank you to Aviva, The Botanist and Choc-Affair for their support at Sundays Rotary 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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Island mentee awarded Young Peoples 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 an award at the fourth annual Lord Mayor of York’s Shine Awards.

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.

York Mix’s fantastic article

A great article (found here) sharing about The Island has been put on the York Mix website, with information about what we do and ways people can get involved. Thank you York Mix for the support!

Monk Park Farm Summer Outing 2015

This Summer we had a fantastic time on our Summer Outing to visit Monk Park Farm, in North Yorkshire.

The children were able to feed a variety of animals. There were lambs, sheep, goats, calves, pigs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs. The rabbits and guinea pigs were extremely popular!

There were also other popular features and attractions including an adventure playground, nature trail and lake. The children could also play in the pedal car/tractors arena as well as go-carts and barrel rides.

At lunch time the children and adults each received a pack up picnic lunch followed by their own choice of ice cream, which they thoroughly enjoyed!

Some of the comments and quotes from the children were:
– “this is the best day of my life”
– “go-carts are well cool”
– “the animals were so cute, especially the guinea pigs”

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St Crux Fundraiser 8th December 2015

We welcome and encourage you to get involved with this exciting event on Tuesday 8th December, raising awareness and funds to support the work The Island is doing!


What you can do to help!

  • Give up some time on the day to help run a stall/ serve food.
  • Donate some items for the stalls (new/ nearly new items).
  • Make some items to sell (such as baking items/ planting some flowers/ making a food hamper etc)
  • Come to the office and help price up items in the weeks beforehand.
  • Be around on the day to share about The Island with shoppers.
  • Come along and buy some items, maybe you’ll find some Christmas presents!
  • Share with your friends/ family/ colleagues to come along!

Fundraiser St Crux handout

Job vacancy for a Play and Support Worker

This post is advertised for a Play and Support Worker to provide high quality play and support provision, within a positive, safe and happy environment to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people aged 8-13 years.  The Island are seeking a staff member to support an existing piece of support provision called North and South Island in line with the Club’s and The Islands policies and to work as part of  a small staff team. The role will require evening/ day and potential weekend work and the post holder will be responsible for assisting in the planning and preparation of a programme of activities that are safe, encouraging and fun for young people to access. They will also be responsible for the completion of all relevant paperwork and administration.

For further information or to apply please contact the team on the details below.

Closing date: Monday 20th July 9 am.

Tel: 01904 628449

The Island N1
United Reform Church
St Columba’s Foundation
Priory Street