25 Years Celebrations

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: