The Island And The Archbishop: The Future Of Charity
It is a hard fact to hear, but there are 3,045 children living in poverty in York. This is not something extracted from an old journal found on a Jorvik dig, but here and now in the 'enlightened' 21st century.
According to reports published by the Two Riding Community Foundation, 3 out of 5 children in some areas of York live below the poverty line.
Fortunately something is being done to help. Local charity The Island is providing mentoring services to children and young people between the ages of 8-13 (up to 18 if they have additional needs).
Despite their best efforts, they currently have 80 children waiting allocation of a fully trained Volunteer Mentor.
With this obvious shortfall they are looking to increase their volunteer numbers and, of course, to raise more funds to meet the demands of their services.
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.”
An invitation to raise funds
In an invitation-only event at the York Marriott Hotel on Friday 5 October, guests will be given 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 (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 like-minded people.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – deadline to express interest in attending will be 5pm, Friday 14 September.
Dr John Sentamu
Patron of The Island, Dr John Sentamu, has identified supporting and encouraging young people as a key personal focus.
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”.
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 local communities.
For more information on The Island or to make a donation visit www.theislandyork.org.
The Island And The Archbishop: The Future Of Charity, 3rd September 2018, 17:05 PM