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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.

The Lord Mayor of York’s Charity Events

In May, it was announced that The Island York had been chosen as one of the Lord Mayor of York’s charities of the year. We are over the moon to have been selected and we’re enjoying being part of their fundraising activities. The Lord Mayor and his team are aiming to raise £75,000 which will be split between his three chosen charities.

If we were fortunate enough to receive a third of this amount (£25,000), then this would mean that our Weekly Group Sessions will be able to run for five years! As a small local charity, £25,000 is a lot of money to us. This money will allow us to be able to support approx 1,000 children over a five year period, who access our Group Sessions to improve their mental, emotional and social well-being.

There are many ways in which you are able to support the Lord Mayor of York’s charitable efforts. The first is to send a text GIVE to 70145  to donate £3

The second way in which you can support the Lord Mayor’s efforts is to come along to one of the fundraising events. See a list of upcoming events below.

Friday 21 September: Concert Series 1: All That Jazz. Click here to find out more and to book.

Tuesday 25 September: Access to Music at the York Food&Drink Festival. Click here to find out more. Free Entry.

Saturday 13 October: Concert Series 2. Click here to find out more and to book.

Tuesday 16 October: The Big Pub Quiz at Brew York. Click here to find out more and to book.

Saturday 20 October: Sheriffs’ Lex Banquet. Click here to find out more and to book.

Thursday 8 November: St Crux Charity Stall. Click here to find out more. Free Entry.

Thursday 15 November: Concert Series 3. Click here to find out more and to book.

Wednesday 12 December: Concert Series 4. Click here to find out more and to book.

Saturday 16 February: The Valentine’s Ball. Click here to find out more and to book.

Thursday 7 March: The Lady Mayoress’s Fashion Show. Click here to find out more and to book.

The third and last way you can support the Lord Mayor’s work is to generate your own fundraising activities, the team will support you all the way and you will be raising funds for three amazing local causes – The Island, YBPSS and the York Music Hub. If you would like to create a fundraiser, then please contact Ashley at civic@york.gov.uk or visit www.thelittleboxoffice.com/lordmayoryork

We hope you’ll get involved/support our activities with the Lord Mayor of York. 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. Hope to see you at one of the Lord Mayor’s events soon!

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.

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

 

Race Night at The Haxby Sports Bar

Looking for something to do on Saturday 4 May? Well, our friend and supporter Catherine Adamson will be hosting a Race Night at the Haxby Sports Bar to raise money for two charities, including The Island, York.
The Race Night will offer an evening of great fun for everyone to get involved in and there will also be a raffle for those looking to win a fabulous prize.
For those of you who don’t know Catherine’s story, Catherine is aiming to raise £10,000 during 2018 which will be split evenly between two York charities. She is hosting many of fundraising events this year as well as taking on the mammoth challenge of walking the 109-mile Cleveland Way in order to hit her £10,000 target.
We’d love for you to come and join us and Catherine at the Race Night on Saturday 4 May. It’s going to be a lot of fun and all proceeds raised during the event will go towards helping local people and children.
For more information on the event, please visit www.facebook.com/events/1744963998880549
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation towards Catherine’s charitable efforts, then please go to www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineAdamson
Hope to see you there!
Date and time: Saturday 4 May, 7pm
Address: Haxby Sports Bar, 64 North Lane, Haxby, York, YO32 3JP

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)

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