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The Island and Make It York presents ChoirFest

A collaborative project between The Island and Make It York, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a ChoirFest outside the Mansion House on St. Helen’s Square on Saturday 8 December, 12noon – 4pm.

Bringing together four of York’s finest choirs, the event will showcase a wide range of Christmas and popular music tunes which will get you, your family and friends into the festive spirit. Choirs performing at the event, include the In Harmony Ladies’ Choir, Stamford Bridge Singers, Acomb Community Choir and ending the event on a high will be Lucy’s Pop Choir.

The event is free of charge, however, there will be a collection bucket, so people can make a donation towards our worthy cause if they wish to do so. The donations generated from the event will go towards our one to one mentoring programme which is and hugely successful but oversubscribed service here at The Island.

Our one to one mentoring programme has a high success rate in transforming the lives of children living in York. The programme lasts one year and provides the mentees with the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and develop coping mechanisms so that they can take positive steps forward in their lives.

We hope you’ll get involved in the festivities by coming along to show your support. If you would like to volunteer at the ChoirFest, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

If you are coming along, then don’t forget to RSVP your attendance at at https://www.facebook.com/events/972181946315517/ 

To download a copy of our poster, please click here.

We hope to see you there in your Santa hats and have your singing voices ready!

The Concert Series with the Lord Mayor of York

We are over the moon to be working with the Lord Mayor of York, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and York Music Hub to bring you an evening of music at the York Mansion House.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 15 November, 7pm-8.30pm will showcase the work of St. Peter’s School and the York Music Centre, whose youth string quarters are renowned as two of the best in Yorkshire.

Tickets for the event are £20 each which includes a drink (a glass of wine or soft drink) can be purchased at >>> http://ow.ly/nn6930mn1SR

We hope you’ll come along and join us for what is guaranteed to be a night to remember!

The ways which the profits raised from this magnificent evening will benefit The Island massively. At the moment there are 81 young people in York currently awaiting a mentor. The funding we receive from this event as well as the other fundraisers which the Lord Mayor of York is hosting on behalf of his chosen charities will allow us to reduce our waiting lists.

If you have any questions, would like to host an event in aid of The Island or want more information about us, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

The Co-op Payout Celebration Day with The Island

We’re thrilled and grateful to have been chosen as a cause which the Co-op supported this year. Their support has enabled us to continue to offer mentoring services to children and young people in York which have proven to enhance their mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

On Saturday 24 November, our children’s charity will be at Co-op on Hull Road from 10am until 2pm. During the event, we will be showcasing what we do to help isolated children in York, how the funding from the Co-op will help them plus much more.

It is crucial that children and young people receive mentoring as it can create a positive learning relationship between two people, provide ‘normality’ and stability also builds confidence and self-esteem. We ensure that every child is welcomed and supported from day one.

We hope you’ll get involved in our activities at the Co-op by volunteering or coming along to show your support. If you have any questions or would like more information about The Island, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

We look forward to seeing you then.

The Island Charity at Sainsbury’s Monks Cross, York

We’re delighted to announce that our charity is going to be at Sainsbury’s (Monks Cross, York) on Saturday 22 September. During our time at the supermarket, we’ll be sharing information about what we do to help enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young people living in York; hosting a fabulous tombola; as well as sharing details about the food bank service, which we offer to deprived families who use our services.

Sainsbury’s at Monks Cross, York is a huge supporter of The Island and we are incredibly grateful for their support and loyalty of the work we do with children and their families across the York area.

We’ll be at Sainsbury’s from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 22 September, so if you are free then do come along and show us your support.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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.

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

 

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.