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The Island

The Island is a registered charity which provides mentoring services for York children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental, emotional and social wellbeing.


Registered charity no. 1120420

Member since July 2019

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Update on our May Mentoring Training Sessions

Update on our May Mentoring Training Sessions

Due to COVID-19, we are taking our May mentoring training workshops online to ensure that we keep ourselves and our new volunteer mentors safe during this unsettling time.

The mentoring training programme will take place through several e-learning modules and will teach you the vital skills required in order to enhance the confidence, self-esteem and resilience levels of a vulnerable child or young person living in York.

Once you have completed your online training, you will be contacted via telephone by our Mentoring Recruitment Officer who will go through the mentoring roles with you.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we're expecting to receive a high volume of referrals for our one-to-one mentoring programme ( a 12-month commitment) once we reopen our services. We would urge anyone wishing to volunteer with us to strongly consider joining our one-to-one mentoring programme. The programme is flexible and with your support, we can ensure that we can help vulnerable children and young people to thrive, sooner rather than later.

We have alternative volunteer mentoring roles in a school and group-based capacity ( a 20-week and 6-month commitment), however, we desperately need more volunteers to join our one-to-one mentoring programme (12-month commitment).

Once you become a mentor with us, you will be able to take advantage of our fully-funded qualifications and we'll finance your Enhanced DBS Check.

If you would like to join us for our May volunteer training which will be done via a series of e-learning modules, then please visit the Make a Difference section on our website ( to download an application form and email your completed form to

We look forward to hearing and receiving your completed application soon.

How your donations are used

How your donations are used

If you would like to make a donation to The Island to support our ongoing work with young people, you can do so, safely and securely via Work For Good:

£15 would enable an isolated child to access a positive recreational activity with the support of a fully-trained mentor.

£30 would help two young people living in poverty to afford to go places with their mentors: helping fuel their imagination and explore their potential.

£110 would cover the cost of putting ten adult volunteer through a two-session training programme to learn the important skills and personal attributes needed to be a mentor.

£120 would finance enhanced DBS checks on ten prospective mentors to ensure the safety and well-being of a child or young person.

£720 would fund weekly mentoring activities for a vulnerable child or young person for a year.

£2,200 would cover the cost of providing weekly mentor support to a vulnerable young person for a whole year, which includes: activity and travel expenses; mentor recruitment; training and supervision; and essential staff time.

The Island launches The Business Hub

The Island launches The Business Hub

Every child deserves a positive adult role model in their life. Many of the young people we meet live chaotic lives, witnessing domestic violence, abuse and substance misuse, and growing up neglected or in poverty.

We are one of few early intervention services in York and we’re proud that our mentoring programmes have high success rates in transforming the lives of York children.

In the last year alone, there has been a huge increase in young children needing to access our services who are experiencing difficulties with their mental, emotional and/or social wellbeing. Currently, we are unable to meet the demand, however, by you becoming an Island Business Hub partner, you will be able to help us to make a big difference to the lives of the next generation of employees.

Membership costs £175 per year, however, a discount can be offered if you decide to sign up to our Business Hub for three years.

Your membership needs to be paid upfront, and we can potentially agree on a payment plan with you if you require it. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss these or have any other questions.

By becoming a member of The Island Business Hub, you will benefit from:

  • Working in partnership with The Island in line with your Corporate Social Responsibility, which will result in your business contributing to the wider local community.

  • Your business will be invited to The Island to see for yourselves the work that we do and the difference your support is making.

  • You will benefit from regular networking events [min 2 events per year] which will give you the opportunity to meet other businesses.

  • Your logo will be displayed on our business hub web page, together with a link to your website

  • You will be provided with a bespoke Island supporter graphic which can be placed on your website.

  • You will be able to use our logo on your website and promotional materials to show your customers that you are supporting a local cause.

  • From time to time, you will be featured on our social media channels, e-newsletters and blog posts and we can provide you with assistance with press releases which include our charity.

  • We can provide you with fundraising consultancy where a member of the team can come and meet with you to help you with fundraising ideas to raise your profile and funds for our charity.

To join our Business Hub please email and we'll send you a short application form to fill in.