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Citywise Drama Camp!

🎼 “We’re not average. We’re not average. All that we do is magic! Don’t you ever call us average!” 🎼 If you made it to the Final Performance then you will know what a talented bunch of children we had come along to the Drama Camp!  They learnt about and practised all the skills they […]

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A Superhero Poem

This poem was written by one of our Everyday Heroes and her Mentor during one of Summer Camps, and was performed at their Celebration Show this July! We are so excited to share it with you!  A Superhero A superhero brings about justice  so that humankind can have peace A superhero is always kind especially when […]

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Glasgow Heroes Academy 2019!

What a two weeks it has been! We can now present to you the Citywise Heroes Academy Glasgow Class of 2019!  They have had so much fun over the last two weeks, making new friends and learning all about what it takes to be an everyday hero!! They have been to the Glasgow Science Centre […]

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Our Kids are Kind!

At our After School clubs, we are currently exploring our virtues, ‘the things inside of us that make us better people’. The bread of butter of this is kindness. How often do we as parents find ourselves trying to persuade our children to be more kind? To share, to not hit, to use kind words. […]

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Thank you mentors!

Last week we hosted Thank You events in Glasgow and Manchester to say a proper thank you to our mentors and volunteers for everything they have given this year!  120 volunteers have undergone training to help equip them to form healthy, nurturing relationships as mentors to young people across 9 projects this year! In total […]

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Another incredible year!

Certificates have been given out, awards presented and evaluation forms collected which can only mean one thing – our school projects have come to an end for 2019!  Across Glasgow and Manchester, 94 young people in 8 school projects have been paired with a mentor this year and been guided through a a programme of […]

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An Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Spring Family Fun On Saturday 27th April 2019 we hosted our first Spring Family Fun event, and were delighted to welcome 20 local families to our Citywise Centre in Manchester! It was a massive success despite the seasonal weather, with lots of bouncing on the bouncy castle, baking chocolatey goodies, making junk kites and getting […]

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Thriving Family Values

Certain values may have been drummed into us as children, “sit still at the table”, “Talk when you’re spoken to”,  “Keep your room tidy”, “Your school work is important”, “Don’t give up, let’s try again,” “tell the truth”. Sometimes we may have rebelled against these or may see them as making us who we are […]

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Summer Camps 2019

Bookings are open for our FREE summer holiday camps! Children aged 7-12 years old can join one of three camps taking place in Manchester or Glasgow this summer! Run by Citywise staff and supported by our outstanding team of volunteers, your child will make new friends, try new activities, stay active, eat healthily and have lots […]

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The group setting: Responding to problems with continuity

Youth mentoring programmes are common around the world as prevention programmes. However, evaluation of such programmes finds again and again that their positive effects are small in magnitude (DuBois et al., 2011). Therefore, it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot simply assume that pairing up any young person with a mentor will automatically lead […]

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25 years of mentoring

The text below is adapted from a speech delivered by Citywise Chief Executive Luke Wilkinson at our 25th Anniversary celebration events, on 13th March 2019 in Glasgow, and 22nd March 2019 in Manchester. I’m going to tell you a bit about Citywise in a moment, but before that I’d like to start by asking you […]

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Setting Our Children Free to Thrive

I had an experience with my daughter recently which opened my eyes to the pressure children can feel to succeed, a feeling which I know all too well as an adult. It can be both a driving force and a crippling stress in life. We were out for lunch with a group of friends and […]

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How to: Deal With Stress Purposefully

How do we respond when we are in high-stress situations? Our bodies react in certain ways: Fight, flight or freeze. This is to protect us from dangers, but in everyday parenting often the situations we are in aren’t necessarily dangerous to us or our child, yet we still react the same. At Citywise we know […]

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What Means the Most to You?

In our day to day lives, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture; food shopping, the school run, meal times and bedtimes, sometimes these things can become mundane rather than meaningful. But in fact, we are surrounded by meaning all around us; nature, work, moments of play and love in the […]

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How to: Help Our Children With Self Control

One of the key things we focus on in our Citywise School Projects with the young people we mentor is Self-control. Our impulses are very much related to our emotions, that’s something that parents know altogether too well. Sometimes children can seem to be able to do very little about their impulses and their emotions, […]

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The Importance of: A curriculum

Youth mentoring programmes are popular around the world as prevention and intervention programmes. However, evaluation of such programmes has repeatedly found that positive effects are often small in magnitude (DuBois et al., 2011). Why such small effects? It’s time to move towards more supervised, structured and targeted mentoring programmes. Lyons, McQullin and Henderson (2018) recently analysed […]

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A year of new beginnings

As our mentoring projects finish for the Christmas break and mentors head home for a well-earned rest, we’ve been reflecting on what has been an extraordinary year for Citywise. Every year is special at Citywise but this year we’ve proudly celebrated a number of first steps. We delivered our first project curriculum grounded in research […]

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Christmas Appeal 2018

Let’s cut to the chase. We all know (deep down) that giving is the best part about Christmas. You’ve carefully thought up, saved up and wrapped up those gifts, knowing the joy it will bring to the special people in your life. Why wait for December 25th for to unwrap the joy of the Christmas […]

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Pioneering family services at Citywise

As part of an exciting new partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Citywise is delighted to be able to start offering support to entire families. Complementing our existing work with young people, we’ll be designing work that helps parents raise confident, caring kids! One of Citywise’s core beliefs is […]

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The Citywise Centre Heroes 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. Every year in December, 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 prevent the […]

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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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