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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!

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.”

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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