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The Citywise Centre Hereos Academy

This August we ran our very own Heroes Academy just around the corner from where Citywise began 24 years ago. You can catch up on a bit of the history here.  We had a lot of fun gardening, baking, playing sports and meeting Robin (sadly, Batman couldn’t make it). We also spent time learning about […]

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Heroes Academy at St Monica’s High School

It may seem like winter is beginning to set in, but it was only last month that we ran our Manchester schools Summer Project: the Heroes Academy. We are so passionate about our Heroes Academy which not only supports young people to become Everyday Heroes, but also helps them to grow in confidence, refresh their […]

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Launch of Citywise Centre in Manchester!

It was 24 years ago this month (it’s August 2018 as I write this) that a group of students in Manchester ran a holiday club for local children in Hulme, just round the corner from the current Citywise offices. They wanted to offer a safe, positive environment for young people during the long summer holiday: […]

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Citywise Family Day

Join with other local families on Saturday 1st September 1-3pm to celebrate the opening of the Citywise Centre in Rusholme! We will have a bouncy castle, face painters, tomobola, arts and crafts, a BBQ and ***NEWSFLASH*** a team from the LEGO store in Manchester Arndale running a minibuild stall! Entry is free and includes one […]

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And the award goes to…

3,109 hours is the amount of time our mentors have given this academic year to the Citywise Challengers Programme, mentoring young people across Manchester and Glasgow.  Towards the end of our projects our mentors recommended each other for three awards and we want to share them with you….  *Mentor of the Year* Megan Halfacre and […]

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6 Reasons why we love our mentors

1. They could be somewhere else We know what it’s like, too many assignments to write… your current Netflix binge to be watched. It can be hard to find time to give away. Instead, our mentors give 2-3 hours a week on a Citywise project in a local school to meet with their mentee because […]

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Meet the Mentor: Audrey Schneider

Hi Audrey, so you’re a student in Manchester studying Education, but for everyone at home, you don’t sound British, where are you from? Is my English accent not convincing enough?! I’ll keep working on it! I’m actually from the good old United States of America, born and raised in a state called Ohio, LeBron James […]

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Heroes Academy 2018: Rusholme

Superhero Summer Fun! Citywise is delighted to offer a week’s summer holiday project for children going into Y3, 4, 5 or 6 in September who live in Rusholme, Longsight, Moss Side or nearby. Using the theme of superheroes, children will have an opportunity to do sports, drama, fun games, make new friends and refresh their […]

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Parents: Enter our survey to win!

Take 5 minutes to answer our quick survey about how we can support families better and you could win a £25 Amazon voucher! We want to hear from families who live or attend schools near our Manchester office (Rusholme, Longsight, Moss Side or nearby) about how we can support you in your important role as […]

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Heroes Academy 2018: St Monica’s

We are pleased to announce that pre-registration is now open for the Citywise Heroes Academy Summer Holiday Project! This 2-week project will be held at St Monica’s RC High School from August 20th-31st 2018 (excluding Bank Holiday Monday). It will include interactive English and Maths lessons as well as fun games, character building activities and an off-site […]

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We didn’t actually go to Bordeaux…

Citywise214 – we smashed it! For the 70 people who took part in Citywise214, May 2018 was a month of training, baking, running, swimming, walking, and cycling. It was worth every blister and drop of sweat as our fundraisers raised £12,000. They traveled over 668 miles all together, that’s: 12 x half marathons 38 x 10km races […]

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Meet the mentor: Jack Hughes

Today we’ve been chatting with one of our Manchester mentors and hearing about how Citywise is “the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to him and he can’t imagine life without us”*. Wow, he sounds pretty full-on. Anyway, let’s welcome Jack Hughes, maybe he’s not as weird as he seems! So Jack, tell us a […]

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How to: Build Resilience in Children

Resilience is essentially our capacity to rebound from stressful or challenging experiences and is one of the key Citywise traits. It is an important trait to build in young people, and it can be developed from a young age. Read on for three top-tips adapted from author Donna Jackson Nakazawa and psychologist Rick Hanson, on […]

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The countdown is on to #Citywise214

It’s not long until May 12th and the start of #Citywise214! Our volunteers in Glasgow are kick-starting our 8-day challenge by running Glasgow’s Toughest Run on May 12th. Throughout the 8 days various #214 challenges will take place such as ridiculous bike rides and extravagant bake sales. The challenge will be completed in Manchester with […]

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Meet the Mentor: Anna Spiesova

This week marks the final week of the wonderful Anna’s internship in Glasgow. Read our latest #meetthementor (or more like #meettheintern) interview to find out all about who she is, what she’s been doing and what she’d say to anybody thinking about getting involved with Citywise!   So Anna, Tell us a bit about yourself – where […]

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WOOP

This is the second of 2 articles on the topic of “promoting lasting change.” Click here for part 1. In this article, we continue to share some of what we did in our school-based projects with young people this December. This is particularly interesting to share with you in a time when we’re excited about […]

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Making Resolutions Stick

This is the first of 2 articles on the topic of “promoting lasting change.” Click here for part 2. As 2017 draws to an end, many of us look toward the New Year with expectation. It can be very easy to make New Year’s resolutions in the heat of this enthusiasm. But how can we […]

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The 12 Citywise days of Christmas

On their last week of projects all our young people set some goals for their Christmas Holidays. We’ve been challenged by this one and asked if we could share it with you… can you do 12 nice things for other people this Christmas? For inspiration why not check out our catchy, almost-rhyming version of the […]

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How to: Nurture Generosity in Children

The Christmas season is a time of giving, and with this in mind, here are a few tips on how you can nurture generosity in your children this Christmas! Be generous, and talk about it Children closely watch and absorb what they see their parents do, so the best way of encouraging children to behave […]

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Why Mentoring?

This post highlights some of the reasons and research findings that back our mentoring approach. At Citywise, we work in partnership with schools and families to empower young people to take hold of their futures, grow in character and the skills needed to succeed in today’s world, and positively contribute to society. One of the […]

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The Importance of: Self-control

Our character curriculum is centred on building four key character traits discussed in relation to human flourishing and success since the times of Classical Greek Philosophy: resilience, self-control, good judgement and fairness. Why do we focus on these traits? This series, called “The importance of”, explores the importance of each of these four traits. Self-control includes being able to […]

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The Importance of: Fairness

Our character curriculum is centred on building four key character traits discussed in relation to human flourishing and success since the times of Classical Greek Philosophy: resilience, self-control, good judgement and fairness. Why do we focus on these traits? This series, called “The importance of”, explores the importance of each of these four traits. Growing in fairness includes […]

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The Importance of: Good Judgement

Our character curriculum is centred on building four key character traits discussed in relation to human flourishing and success since the times of Classical Greek Philosophy: resilience, self-control, good judgement and fairness. Why do we focus on these traits? This series, called “The importance of”, explores the importance of each of these four traits. Good […]

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The Importance of: Resilience

Our character curriculum is centred on building four key character traits discussed in relation to human flourishing and success since the times of Classical Greek Philosophy: resilience, self-control, good judgement and fairness. Why do we focus on these traits? This series, called “The importance of”, explores the importance of each of these four traits. Being […]

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Promoting resilience: The Growth Mindset

One of the things we look at in the first term of our school projects is the Growth Mindset. This is a really important tool that develops resilience, and we want all of our young people and volunteers to know about it. We’ve loved talking about it, and wanted to share it with you too… […]

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How to: create a culture of thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! At Citywise we believe that thankfulness is a core part of good character. Here are some tips, written by developmental psychologist Thomas Lickona, that we found really interesting on how you can nurture thankfulness in your children, and within your own life. Teach Your Kids What Gratitude Is and Why It Matters Explain to your […]

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Meet the mentor: Joe Cooper

Everyone has to start somewhere, right?! The smallest opportunities can lead you to the previously unimaginable. Here with us is our trusted trustee (get it?) Joe Cooper to share his journey with Citywise so far. Good morning Joe! Talk me through your quest of how you got here… Hello! My mentoring journey started at sixteen […]

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Response to the Manchester bombing

The events of Monday evening shocked all of us, but have been especially painful for those who lost loved ones, or are currently recovering from injuries. Our thoughts this week have been with all those affected by the attack and we continue to pray for them. Several staff members and volunteers were able to attend the […]

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Mentor thank you event 2017

At the end of our year of project delivery, we hold thank you events for our hard-working mentors. This post is adapted from Chief Executive Luke Wilkinson’s address to all 2016-17 mentors: While you have been hard at work in the past few weeks with your exams, the whole country has been absorbed in the […]

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Winning at exams the Citywise way!

It’s exam season again and most students have a stressful few weeks of revision and exams ahead of them. It can easily feel overwhelming when faced with lots of material to memorise, but we have a few revision tricks up our sleeves using the four good old Citywise virtues! Trick 1. Write out a schedule (Good Judgment) Often […]

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The quest for happiness

Citywise Founder Xavier Bosch kicks off our series of  ‘foundations’ where we explore the fundamentals of what Citywise is all about.  Where do we get our vision from? We’re in the business of helping the young, especially the disadvantaged, to grow in character. I started Citywise in Castlemilk, Glasgow over 20 years ago but cannot claim credit for doing […]

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G.M. Citizens Mayoral Assembly

Speaking truth to power: on Monday 1st May, 30 Citywise mentors, supporters and young people took part in an historic event with the main candidates vying to become Mayor of Greater Manchester. We joined with over 40 organisations from across Greater Manchester for an assembly of music, drama, testimony and true politics: ordinary people coming […]

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Meet the mentor: Charlotte Campbell

Today, we have yet another wonderful staff member joining us for an interview on our latest #meetthementor blog. So get ready to meet our Curriculum Coordinator, Charlotte Campbell: Hiya! So excited for you to have joined us! Okay, let’s get right down to it. Tell us a little about yourself. My name’s Charlotte, as you […]

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When Mary met the Mayor

andy burnham

At Citywise we want to see all young people thrive and make a positive contribution to society. And that’s exactly what seventeen year-old Mary Walker – one of our junior mentors – got the opportunity to do on Thursday 2nd March when she met Andy Burnham MP. Andy Burnham is the front-runner candidate for the new […]

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Entitled, narcissistic, lazy

Promoting the healthy use of digital technology is one of the big challenges facing parents, teachers and anyone working with young people today. As part of our commitment to developing holistic wellbeing, we’ll be sharing any resources we come across that help us pick a way through the #digitalmaze. A lot of people are discussing […]

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Meet the Mentor: Dave Reynolds

New City, New Job, New Start… We’re kicking off our new blog with a series of #meetthementor interviews, where we go behind the scenes with some of the friendly faces of Citywise. The first one’s a bit of a cheat, but our staff members are all mentors too (they mentor the mentors)! So without further […]

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