The Island and their Patrons including the Archbishop of York team up to celebrate and look to the future of the local children’s charity...
Providing mentoring services to children and young people between the ages of 8-13 (up to 18 if they have additional needs), The Island will be hosting a ten-year celebratory event at the York Marriott Hotel on Friday 5 October.
The invitation only event, will give guests a chance to find out more about The Island, what they do, how they do it and their vision for the future. The event will include a complimentary three course meal, which has been made possible due to the generosity of a benefactor; a talk from the Archbishop of York and other leading figures of York; Live Music performed by multi-award-winning Singer-Songwriter Jess Gardham; the opportunity to be one of the first to see The Island video capturing all facets of its services, and a chance to network with other people plus much more.
Since becoming an active charity in 2008, The Island has supported over 2,500 vulnerable York children by providing a range of mentoring services. These invaluable services have proven to enhance the mental, emotional and social wellbeing of children, whilst at the same time reducing anti-social and criminal behaviour within our communities.
According to reports published by the Two Riding Community Foundation, there are approximately 3,570 children living in poverty in York which is 7 x the national average. The Island’s mentoring services are invaluable to the community and are contributing to enhancing the quality of life of children in York. They are however, looking to increase their volunteer numbers as well as raise more funds and donations to meet with the demands of their services, currently they have 80 children waiting allocation of a fully trained Volunteer Mentor.
Nigel Poulton, Mentoring Co-ordinator at The Island says “Every child and young person deserves a positive adult role model in their lives. Through The Island we provide “islands of space and time” building confidence, self-esteem and unlocking potential through quality mentoring relationships.”
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is a Patron of The Island. One of his key areas of focus is supporting and encouraging young people. He says, “It is important to encourage young people, but also listen to what they have to say. Young people should be given the opportunity to play a key role within local communities and wider society”. The Island’s mentoring services play a vital part within our society and provide children and young people with the opportunity to explore ways in which to take positive steps forward.
The event will take place on Friday 5 October at 7pm. If you are a business from the local community who would like to attend the event to find out more about The Island and to potentially support them then please email [email protected] or visit www.theislandyork.org