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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.”

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

 

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.

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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.

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!

The Botanist fundraises for The Island York

During the festive period, The Botonist is spreading a little extra Christmas cheer by helping raise money for The Island York.

The Botonist will be adding a contribution of £1 per table to each bill that will go directly to The Island. They will also donate 25p from every kids meal sold to The Island. We are so grateful, so please encourage family and friends to go along for a fun time, great food and fantastic atmosphere.

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