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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 in early 2019. 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!

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)

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.

School Based Mentoring: Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Recruitment

School Based Mentoring is a project run by a group of 12 volunteer mentors supporting 10 particularly disadvantaged young people in year 5 and 6. The project runs for 20 weekly sessions across the academic year between November and May. Each pupil is matched with a mentor and together they take part in one hour of sports and games and one hour of one to one activities. This one to one time encourages skills development and support. The scheme is coordinated by a Project Leader who liaises with the school, supports the volunteers and leads the sessions.

The project has run for three years now and the results documented the development of meaningful relationships and personal development for all involved.

Sessions are energetic and fun but also provide opportunities for quiet discussion of any worries or challenges the young people may be facing.

The School-Based Mentoring project will be expanding from September. The Island is currently recruiting volunteers. The scheme provides a great opportunity to mentor in a school setting, and to participate in group and one to one interactions.

If you would like to apply, please click here to download an application form and return it via email or post to the addresses below.

Should you have any questions please get in touch.

The Island York’s St Crux Fundraiser 8th December 2015

We welcome and encourage you to get involved with this exciting event on Tuesday 8th December, raising awareness and funds to support the work The Island is doing!

What you can do to help!

  • Give up some time on the day to help run a stall/ serve food.
  • Donate some items for the stalls (new/ nearly new items).
  • Make some items to sell (such as baking items/ planting some flowers/ making a food hamper etc)
  • Come to the office and help price up items in the weeks beforehand.
  • Be around on the day to share about The Island with shoppers.
  • Come along and buy some items, maybe you’ll find some Christmas presents!
  • Share with your friends/ family/ colleagues to come along!

Fundraiser St Crux handout