25 Years Celebrations

For 25 years we have worked in close partnership with schools to support young people’s character development. As we celebrate Citywise’s birthday we are delighted to be pioneering a new model of support for the whole family, in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

We are also building research partnerships closer to home, and this autumn will begin a programme of research with the departments of Psychology and Education at the University of Glasgow, bridging theory and practice and studying the impact of our work.

You’re invited to join us on 1st November for a three-course meal with wine, and a presentation about our vision for the good work we can do with your support. At the end of the evening you’ll have a chance to pledge your support for this new venture in one of three ways: by making a one-off gift, by signing up as a regular donor, or by lending us your time, expertise or connections to help us build a rooted and sustainable community service in Glasgow.

Wondering about what to wear? Smart (but not black tie!).

Please email us on hello@citywise.org if you have any dietary requirements we should be aware of.

Business owners:

There are a number of ways for your business to support this event. If you would be interested in booking a table of 8 and hosting colleagues or clients at the evening, please get in touch with Luke Wilkinson: luke@citywise.org and you can also let Luke know if your business would be interested in providing a prize or a gift for the raffle we will be holding on the evening. At the event will be “auctioning” mentoring spaces on our projects, where for £200 you can help us recruit, train and manage one mentor-child pairing during the 2019-20 academic year. Please have a think about whether you or your business could unlock one or more places on our projects this year.

We are dedicated to thanking and promoting businesses that support our work with schools, families, and communities in Glasgow among our diverse networks. We work closely with local schools, around 100 children, and 80 families through our programmes each year. We also partner with the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and their various departments, interacting with around 300 students a year. We recognise our funders on our website, over social media, and in our publications which reach a broad network of supporters.

July 2019 update! Since launching the campaign in March we’ve raised £16,850 so far towards our goal of £135,000, and we have 6 of the 25 new Friends we hope to meet.  

Through In Kind Donations we have received £10,000! This covers in kind support we have received from companies who have supported us with decorating the centre, helping us redesign our logo, interior design support and two fully paid internships from the University of Manchester! 
Through one off cash donations, we received £6,850 from our two events. This is a great start, and there is still a long way to go! 
We are delighted to have also gained 6 new Friends of Citywise! These are regular donors who give monthly to support our work with children and families. 

Could you consider making a one-off donation, becoming a regular donor, or exploring with us how your company or skills can help us support young people and families with excellence?

As we celebrate 25 years of transformational character mentoring, you’re invited to help us to launch an exciting new area of work with families!

In the summer of 1994 a small group of students and young professionals trialled a holiday club for young lads in Hulme, Manchester. A year later the success of the Manchester project inspired another group to spring up in Glasgow. Ever since the early days, the vision of Citywise has always been to see young people flourish as they discover their passion and purpose.

25 years on and a new generation of volunteers have been inspired to take the baton and are working hard in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods of the UK to help young people unlock their potential, lead flourishing lives, and make a positive contribution to their communities.

In our anniversary year we are delighted to be able to launch a whole new area of work supporting not only young people, but their whole families. With your support, we can help more children, more effectively with a new model of sustainable, rooted community work.

We’re inviting you to pledge your support in one of three ways:


Our giving booklet tells you everything you need to know: 

A few of our favourite photos from our Launch events in Glasgow and Manchester:



Our Chief Executive, Luke, gave a speech at both events, you can read it here, and find out why we’re making so much noise about this new area of work with young people and families: