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The Island N1

The Island N1








Enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable children and young people in York through sustainable quality mentoring relationships...


The Island works with vulnerable children and young people

The Island is a voluntary sector organisation and registered charity based in York.  The Island currently has three areas of operation:

One-to-one support with volunteer mentors - currently supporting 46 mentoring relationships.

North Island and South Island - two evening clubs for 27 young people currently awaiting a mentor.

Schools based group mentoring - this year the project was run in a local York primary school with students from York St John University.  Next year it will be run at Haxby Road School.


A new weekly homework club is to commence in September 2015 for children who are looked after in foster care placements.  Students and staff from St Peter's School, with The Island oversight, are hosting this.


Why do this? 

For children who face adversity in their lives (such as family breakdown or disability), growing up can be especially tough.  This can increase their risk of marginalisation within their communities, or increase the likelihood of anti-social behaviour.  Having someone who will meet with them regularly, build a relationship, have fun and provide help with making positive choices can have a life long influence.


The Island selects, trains and supervises volunteer mentors who make a commitment to meet with their mentee.

The support is offered to young people (between the ages of 8 - 13, or 14 - 19 if the young person has a disability).  The mentors give their time freely but are provided with a small weekly budget to enable entry costs etc. and travel expenses.

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An independent review of The Island in 2014 found that:

"Parents and carers of mentees stated the mentoring their child had received had positively impacted in a range of ways.  The vast majority of mentees stated their overall experience of being mentored was 'brilliant'.  Improvements in self-esteem, cooperation and behaviour, respect, peace of mind/calmness and general happiness, were also reported by parents and carers of mentees."   

The Island is a series of projects for the community provided by the community, offering mentoring services to local young people using volunteers from the local schools, universities and the community.  The Island seeks to raise funds locally through various fund raising events and applying for grants from other trusts and donors for continuing this vital service. 


To find out more about The Island's mentoring service and how you could get involved, please contact the office on 01904 628449 or via

The Archbishop of York has been Patron of The Island since 2009.  For more information, visit The Island N1.