Here’s one thing you could do to make a massive difference to York children’s lives

Making a difference to young people's lives… The Island
27 Oct 2015 @ 10.01 am
| Charity, Family

Could you give some time to help a child in York who needs your support?

The Island is a registered charity that offers one-to-one support to children and young people between the ages of 8 to 13, and 14 to 18 if the young person has a disability.

It is looking for more mentors to transform the lives of young people in York.

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

– what The Island does

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.

Therefore, having someone who will meet them regularly, build a positive relationship, have fun, learn a new skill and provide help with making positive choices can have a life-long influence.

Could you be a volunteer?

Mentoring young people can be incredibly rewarding
Mentoring young people can be incredibly rewarding

The Island are constantly looking for reliable adults who have the ability to listen, develop a positive rapport with a young person in an honest and non-judgemental way.

The Island selects, trains and supervises volunteer mentors who make a commitment to meet with their mentee consistently through a period of transition or difficulty.

The volunteer mentors give their time freely but are provided with a small weekly budget to enable access to positive activities in the community, and travel expenses.

Mentoring makes a real difference

An independent review of The Island 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 that 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 charity for the community provided by the community.

The Island currently has three areas for volunteer opportunities:

One-to-one support as a volunteer mentor

North Island and South Island are two clubs which provide a safe, enjoyable and supportive environment for children and young people awaiting a volunteer mentor

School based group mentoring provides a weekly opportunity to volunteer during term times only

For more information about becoming a volunteer mentor, young peoples’ club volunteer or school based volunteer, then please do contact us – details below.


St Columba’s Foundation, Priory Street, York YO1 6EX

01904 628 449


Facebook page