Volunteer Mentor Recruitment at The Island York

We’re currently performing a volunteer mentor drive here at The Island York. Supporting vulnerable York children by providing them with a range of mentoring services, the mentors work with the service-users to help raise their mental, emotional and social wellbeing. We need more volunteers to come forward to help us so that we can reduce our waiting list numbers.

We currently have over 140 isolated children on our waiting list, who need to access our services. Providing one-to-one mentoring, school-based mentoring and group work, our mentors can decide which route they would like to take in order to help the next generation.

One-to-One Mentoring

One-to-One Mentoring is a 12-month programme in which a mentor works with their mentee to help them overcome challenges within lives. This is an oversubscribed scheme and we need more mentors who will be able to commit to the one-year programme. By committing to the programme for one-year, you’ll be able to offer your mentee with the regular support that they so desperately need. Days and times can be negotiated of when to meet with your mentee.

Group or School-Based Mentoring

We offer a range of group and school-based mentoring schemes which offers great flexibility to those who are unable to commit to a 12-month programme. We do, however, recommend that you commit to either project for at least six months. This is to ensure that you and the children make the most of the experience as part of work which takes place. You can volunteer once a week or even once a month which means that this is a perfect volunteer role for those who work shifts or lead busy lives.

Our next training sessions will take place at our office on Priory Street on 14, 16 and 21 August from 5pm-8.30pm. Once you have completed the course you will be awarded with an accredited training certificate, which is ideal for those looking to build a career within children’s services.

If you would like to become a Mentor at The Island, then please click here to download an application form and then either email it to us or pop it into the post.

If you are unable to commit to mentoring but would like to help The Island, then we’ll really appreciate any fundraising event which you can host on our behalf. As a small local charity, we receive little funding and rely heavily on grants and business and public donations in order to keep our mentoring services going. Please email us if you can help, alternatively you can join our Friends of The Island Facebook Group.

If you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01904 628449.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Music at the Shambles Market

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a music event at the Shambles Market every Sunday from 11am-4pm throughout June. Come and join us for four days of amazing music performed by some of the finest musicians from across Yorkshire. The event is free entry, family-friendly and everyone is welcome. During the events we’ll be raising funds for our worthy causes, so any donations you can offer, however big or small would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Summertime Sessions

Gym Classes for Children at Swift Fitness York

We’re delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Swift Fitness in York to provide weekly gym sessions for the children who use our services.

Fitness is key to help children and young people take positive steps forward. Participating in physical activity has proven to enhance confidence, self-esteem and mood, which has also transferred to the children’s home and school-life.

Each week, the Swift Fitness team offers a wide range of activities which have been designed to cater for all abilities, from circuits to boxing and from cycling to push-ups, the classes allow the children who use our services to work both on their own as well as part of a team to overcome challenges.

The classes have been well-received and more Island service-users are getting involved each week. The classes have been praised by many, including the children’s teachers who have informed us that they have seen a change in the child’s concentration levels at school.

Here at The Island, our mission is the enhance the mental, emotional and social well-being of vulnerable children living in York. Since our charity began in 2008, we have improved the lives of over a thousand children living in York. We are always looking for new ways in which to support the children who use our services and believe that our partnership with Swift Fitness has had a positive effect on all the children who have got involved.

Our fitness classes at Swift Fitness takes place every Friday from 4.30pm-5.30pm and is run by a fully trained and DBS checked fitness instructor who knows how to get children motivated as well as encourage them to work proactively together in order to complete obstacles.

As a local charity who receives little funding, we rely heavily on the generosity of the public and businesses to keep our services going as well as helping us add new services to our weekly calendar of events. Everything we do here at The Island is to support isolated children and young people living in York.

To make a difference to a child who uses our services, please click here to make a donation.

For more information on Swift Fitness, please click here.

If you are the guardian of a child who uses our services and they’d like to get involved with The Island’s Swift Fitness programme, please contact our office on 01904 628449.

Lord Mayor of York chooses The Island as one of his Charities

Councillor Keith Orrell, who will become the new Lord Mayor of York on Thursday 24 May has announced which charities he will support during his year in office. We are thrilled that one of his chosen charities is The Island!

Commenting on his choice, Cllr Orrell said: “The Lady Mayoress Elect, Sheriff Elect, Verna Campbell, her consort and I considered the selection of our charities very carefully. There are so many charities that do such valuable work for the people of our area that it was a very difficult decision. We are really delighted to have found 3 organisations that really make a difference to the people they support, and together span the generations.”

It is traditional for each Lord Mayor and Sheriff to raise funds for local causes during their tenure and this year will be no different! Events include some traditional favourites, such as the Assize of Ale and the Valentines Ball, which will be held at the Railway Museum. Some of the core contemporary events will be the Lady Mayoress’s Fashion Show, a Gin Festival and a series of musical performances in historic venues.

Cllr Ashley Mason, who will be heading up the Lord Mayor’s fundraising committee added “This year is set to be unforgettable, with so many events for the public to attend to raise funds for the chosen charities. I have implemented several innovative changes to bring us up to date and ensure as many people as possible can get involved. These include online ticket sales for our events, the use of Twitter and a new text to donate option.”

People can visit www.lordmayoryork.co.uk to see what events are coming up and book tickets. They can also follow the fundraising committee on twitter @LordMayorYork and even text to donate, by sending the word GIVE to 70145 to donate £3.

Mrs Campbell, the Sheriff Elect added “we are very much looking forward to an enjoyable year, and hope the people of York will help us to raise funds to support our charities work.”

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