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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.

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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.”

Fundraiser at the YWMB Networking Event

On Monday 14 May, Catherine Adamson organised a raffle at the York Women Mean Business networking event to raise funds for her upcoming 109-mile walk and wild camping challenge across the Cleveland Way. Catherine is hoping to raise £10,000, which will be split equally between The Island York and Sash.
Raffle Prizes

The number of businesses who gave generously to Catherine’s fundraiser was incredible. Throughout the evening, the YWMB group raised an amazing £520, which is a great result.

Catherine’s main challenge aka the 109-mile walk will begin on Saturday 2 June and she’s hoping to complete her mission by Friday 8 June. She still has a long way to go in order to reach her £10,000 goal, however, we are confident that she will be able to reach her target.

As a small charity, £5,000 is a lot of money to us. £5,000 means that we’ll be able to offer 333 one-to-one activities to the children and young people who use our services. The activities provide the children and young people with the opportunity to explore their potential, whilst working closely with their fully trained mentor. Our one-to-one mentoring service has proven to enhance the mental, emotional and social well-being of children and young people as well as reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour within our communities.

If you are able to support Catherine by sponsoring her, then we’d really appreciate it. To donate visit >>> https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineAdamson

On behalf of everyone here at The Island York we would like to thank you for your generosity and support so that we can keep our services going.

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

Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest – 31 March

We’re delighted to announce that we have been chosen as York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s charity for their upcoming Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest which will take place at The Black Swan Inn on Saturday 31 March.

We are thrilled to be part of this great event which showcases the work of musicians and bands from across the country as well as raise funds for a local cause.

The festival will be hosting a six and a half hour event in aid of our worthy cause and will feature a wide range of folk and acoustic musicians and bands from across Yorkshire. Acts who will be performing at the Mini-Fest includes rising young performer Scarlett Gordon who performs covers and her own tunes, popular gypsy-celtic group Leather’o; one of the UK’s finest folk and multi-instrumentalists Toni Bunnell who will be launching her highly anticipated seventh album at the event; newly formed norse folk group Bruni who perform music inspired by the Viking era; local acoustic legend David Ward MacleanPlumhall’s Nick Hall who will be performing a rare solo set at the festival and voice of an angel Edwina Hayes, who has won her reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana and will be headlining the Mini-Fest.

Watch the acts in action in the video below.

The team who run the festival says “We love hosting our mini-fest which gives us the opportunity to fundraise for a local cause. We are also passionate about collaborating with Grassroots and Independent Talent across the UK and enjoy helping them showcase their work to established and new music lovers. The beauty of our events is that they are family-friendly, it’s great to see a wide range of audiences brought together to celebrate and support great live music. This year we have a wealth of incredible Yorkshire talent taking to the stage at The Black Swan Inn. Every act is completely different from one another and our audiences are guaranteed to discover an eclectic range of music – it’s truly going to be an afternoon and evening of musical delights.”

Entry into the festival is free of charge, however, a suggested donation of £5 will be welcomed. These donations will be given to us at The Island Mentoring Scheme – a local children’s charity which supports vulnerable children from York.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s Mini-Fest will take place on Saturday 31 March from 2.30pm-9pm (doors open at 2.15pm).

The event is family-friendly and everyone is welcome to join us for a great day of live music in aid of charity.

For more information on York’s Little Festival of Live Music go to >>> facebook.com/YorksLittleFestivalOfLiveMusic, follow on Twitter @live_music_fest or email yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com.

To RSVP your attendance to the Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest event, go to >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/393162751124563/

If you would like to make a donation to The Island Mentoring Scheme please click here to donate.

We look forward to seeing you all at the festival, which is sure to be an afternoon and evening to remember.

External Training Opportunity

Brightsparks have been successful in gaining funding to run a 3-day Essential Skills for Working with Children and Young People course again.
This free three-day course will provide an introduction to working with children and young people and will cover:
  • Understanding the children’s workforce
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Dealing with trauma and attachment issues
  • Developing emotional resilience in children & young people
  • Employment and career development coaching
This will help learners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to consider if working or volunteering in this sector is right for them. Learners will receive a certificate on completion, plus one-to-one careers coaching to support them to take their next steps.
All details can be found on the booking link

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

 

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.

stall at drgaoboat                                  drgaon boat