Project information

The Island - mentoring making a difference!

Offering "islands of space and time" to vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 8 - 13, through weekly mentoring sessions which encourage development in confidence, self-esteem through recreational activities.

Mentoring sessions (costing £10 each) form the heart of our provision!

September 2017 - August 2018

Charity information: The Island N1

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  • Need

    Need

    The Island receives many referrals for vulnerable, often isolated children who have limited or no access to recreational and developmental opportunities in their community. Through weekly mentoring sessions "islands of space and time" outside the home and a school environment they are able to talk about feelings, difficulties, behaviour and concerns; addressing problems and work through transitions which they may need extra support with.

    Solution

    The mentoring sessions are delivered through our volunteer mentors facilitating 1:1 mentoring sessions with over 100 vulnerable children and young people over the course of a year - a total of 52 weekly sessions.

    Each session is planned by the young person together with their mentor.

    Activities include - swimming, rock climbing, cinema, cooking, cycling, arts and crafts, library, eating out, learning public transport and accessing places of interest and community amenities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase confidence

    Activities

    » Each session is planned by the young person and activities include cooking, cinema, rock climbing, swimming, football, horse riding, and many more.

    Continual feedback through the year and completed session records and evaluation forms as well as from referrers, the volunteers and young people and home and school.


    Aim 2

    Increased self-esteem

    Activities

    » Each session is planned by the young person and through the various activities self-esteem is built with achieving new skills.

    Continual feedback through the year and completed session records and evaluation forms as well as from referrers, the volunteers and young people and home and school.


    Aim 3

    Increased communication

    Activities

    » It is this regular and reliable space with an affirmative adult role model with whom to talk and listen enables better communication at home / school

    Continual feedback through the year and completed session records and evaluation forms as well as from referrers, the volunteers and young people and home and school.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term changes will be:
    - reduction in anti-social behaviour
    - increased attendance at school
    - improved communication at home and school
    - opportunities to develop new skills and interests

    Continual feedback through the year and completed session records and evaluation forms as well as from referrers, the volunteers and young people and home and school.

    Also research carried out by University of York to establish changes in current children and young people as well as those ex-mentees.

    Risk

    The main risks are securing sufficient resources to facilitate the mentoring sessions and securing a sufficient number of volunteer mentors.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive regular updates and an Annual Impact Report once a year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,000 sessions £10 2600 sessions per year for 50 vulnerable children and young people
  • Background

    Location

    Mentoring sessions take place across the whole of York.

    The Island receives referrals from a wide variety of agencies and individual families across the city.

    Beneficiaries

    Vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 8 - 13 and with addditional special needs aged 8 - 18.

    The volunteers benefit from the experience of mentoring .

    The community itself benefits as barriers are dismantled through the age mix.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Island is the only charity in York offering this unique kind of service for vulnerable children and young people.

    There is no other service available

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteer Mentors

    Fully trained volunteer mentors give of their time each week to provide positive mentoring relationships.

£10

£10 provides a vulnerable child a weekly mentoring session in the community - £520 for one year

"I like having a mentor because it gives me somebody else to talk to and I need this sometimes"

Young person