South Island Club

South Island Club was a runner up and won £500 Good Neighbour funding during our 2016 campaign.

What is the South Island Club?

The Island is a registered charity providing a mentoring service to vulnerable young people aged 8-13 years in York and up to 18 years if the young person has a disability. The Island links the children and young people with fully-trained volunteer mentors, who, by means of weekly sessions, offer one-to-one support outside of school and the family home for a full year. This consistent space and time helps them to address their problems and work through other difficulties, build positive relationships, have fun and make positive choices in the future.

Why should South Island Club receive a donation from the Good Neighbour programme?

The Island has more than 60 vulnerable and disadvantaged children, and young people who meet the assessment criteria but are waiting for a suitable volunteer mentor to become available to them. The “South Island” provides a safe, enjoyable and supportive environment with various activities being offered; getting to know the children and young people and gaining greater understanding of their individual needs until matched.

What could South Island Club use the money for?

If successful, the money would allow South Island Club to ensure support is in place at an earlier stage for the young people to develop social skills, build up peer relationships, access some form of lightweight support and engage in a range of positive activities. The money will mean that sessions can be staffed by a sessional worker, and cover costs for resources, hire of the building, and activities, as well as a light healthy meal which the children assist in making with the volunteers. The money will help the longevity of South Island which is truly an innovative and unique project in York.