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 >>>

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

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 or visit

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 Hope to see you at one of the Lord Mayor’s events soon!

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 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.”