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Stress Ball Activity

What is a stress ball? Let’s find out what stress balls are used for and why you should make one! Squeezing and playing with stress balls can help us be mindful. Taking a moment to pause and squeeze them helps us release tension and feel more relaxed. When we pause and squeeze, we do two […]

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The Toothpaste Experiment

The Toothpaste Experiment is a fun (though messy!) activity that’s perfect for exploring kindness with children. Before you start, why not explain to your child why kindness is important and how it can impact not only other people, but also ourselves? Completing small acts of kindness can create a chemical reaction in our brains! When […]

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Recycling Station Activity

At Citywise when we speak about kindness, we like to speak about kindness to ourselves, kindness to others and kindness to the planet. This last category is just as important as the others. One big way we can be kind to the planet is to to help the environment become a cleaner space. To do […]

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Fork Fireworks Activity

The Fork Fireworks activity will help you to express yourself through creativity! You’ll create a colourful picture for you to hang up on your fridge and this is a great thing to do as a family, so make sure to get everyone involved! You’re probably familiar with the tale of Guy Fawkes night. It started years and […]

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Kika’s Mentoring Journey

Kika Inacio joined us as a Senior Project Leader in Manchester at the beginning of the summer. In this blog, she tells us what mentoring means to her and how she got to where she is today.  After completing high school in Portugal, I moved to Manchester to study Physics and Astrophysics. My main motivation […]

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Mindfulness Glitter Jars

Making a mindfulness glitter jar is a great activity for the whole family. The jar can help children and adults feel relaxed, reflect on their thoughts and explore what mindfulness is. Here’s how we make Mindfulness Glitter Jars! Our minds are so powerful! When we feel a negative emotion it doesn’t only affect our hearts, […]

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Summer Camps 2021

Registration is now open for our 2021 Summer Camps. Click here to sign up! We asked one of our mentors, Cat, to explain why she loves volunteering at our summer camps and why they’re a great option for children during the holidays. “I love volunteering with Citywise because it is such a supporting and nurturing […]

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Making a family coat of arms

In our mentoring curriculum, one of the first things children consider is the topic of self-knowledge. This is all about identifying some of the key things, that make you who you are. These can include for example your hobbies, your strengths and your values. It’s also a brilliant way for the mentors and children to […]

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Glasgow Spring Camp 2021

We had such fun at this year’s Spring Camp … and it was so wonderful to be together in-person again that we kept a bit of a diary to share with you!

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ONLINE MENTORING: MANCHESTER EDITION!

(2 minute read) In February this year, after the success of our first online half-term camp, the Manchester team launched an Online Mentoring Club, holding weekly sessions with up to 20 children and 10 volunteers. We are so excited to have now returned to in-person mentoring again, welcoming families back to the Citywise Centre according […]

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A partnership that changed everything

(2 minute read) It’s not everyday that character-development experts from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, choose you for a prestigious grant and two-year partnership. But in 2018, that’s exactly what happened to us, and we’ve spoken a lot about it since then (wouldn’t you?). That’s because it has helped […]

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Mentoring a world changer!

(2 minute read) Mentoring with Citywise has provided me with purpose, motivation, and a whole lot of laughter amidst the stress of a global pandemic, and whilst I complete my final year at university! My first experience of being a 1:1 mentor has been fully online. The thought of this made me quite apprehensive at […]

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Overcoming the drop

Have you ever set yourself a goal, started with great enthusiasm but quickly hit a snag in the road? A distraction, a difficult experience, the feeling of failure, or creeping self doubt can pull you off track from where you were heading. We understand this as the drop, and if you’re familiar with it, you’re […]

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A world of adventures!

(2 minute read) Explore a whole new world of stories, adventure and wonder with your child for World Book Day on Thursday 4th March! Reading with your child can help them become more confident, it stimulates their imagination and helps them develop valuable language and listening skills. It can even give them a love of […]

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Making the sun shine inside!

Although we’re living in unusual times it’s comforting to know that the nature is still doing its thing! The sun continues to rise and set every day, flowers are blooming, leaves are changing colour; there is so much to see and appreciate.  Nature is good for you Spending time in green space is beneficial to […]

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Helping children make and keep good friendships in a pandemic

(4 minute read) We recently wrote a blog post about the gift of friendship. There we shared some pretty good reasons why friendship is great.  Friends keep us happy and healthy, and even just knowing that we share a connection with somebody can help us feel less alone. So how can we help children make […]

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New February Half Term Camp and Weekly After-School Mentoring Club

21 Jan 2021 **THE HALF TERM CAMP IS NOW FULL** We’re so pleased to be able to offer new activities and groups to children aged 8-12 in Manchester starting in February! Take a look through the details, and please sign your children up using the link.  Any of the older children in our Citywise community […]

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5 ways to boost wellbeing at home

(4 minute read) Lockdown has given us the opportunity to ‘reinvent’ our families, be present, support each other, and find new ways to teach and learn. In the midst of big changes, we can still create positive memories, spend quality family time and make sure everyone is well, inside and out! These 5 simple ways […]

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Nurture Kindness

(1 minute read) We all love being on the receiving end of kindness. A kind word, a friendly smile or help before we’ve even asked for it. Scientists love to talk about the ‘ripple effect’ and how one simple act of kindness can spark another, and another, and another! Kindness can take courage. It can […]

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A lockdown hug

As the UK heads into another lockdown, the team at Citywise want to send all teachers, parents and children a big lockdown hug! Yeti sends you all the love! The Citywise Yeti wants to remind you all that this time of lockdown and waiting will be over one day…but not YET! If you’re feeling frustrated […]

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The year the world changed forever

(2 minute read) It sounds like the title for a dystopian movie, but reality has been far stranger than fiction. The past year has posed extraordinary challenges for everyone as the Covid-19 crisis has swept the world, but although we are all in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. Families […]

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A different kind of Christmas

A different kind of Christmas, but a very special one! Even though we can’t interact in the normal ways this Christmas we have still gathered and celebrated in every way we can! This December, children in our communities have gathered for two Christmas sessions and we’ve hosted a Family Drop-In too! We’ve been able to […]

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Wholesome Homemade Pizza!

When that urge for pizza hits, but you’re looking for a healthier and hands-on way to enjoy it, look no further! We’re passionate about families and we recently gave this recipe and all the ingredients to lots of Citywise families at our recent Christmas sessions. If you would like to make this a fun Pizza […]

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Delicious Oreo Truffles Recipe!

We have all spent a lot more time with our families than we expected to this year! Citywise is on a mission to help families bond at a time when it can be tricky to do the normal things that help us relax or have fun. Over the years children on our community programmes have […]

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The Gift of Friendship

(3 minute read) This year has been an extraordinary one. Not in the way that you might describe a solar eclipse, or the birth of a child. But in the way you might describe living during a global pandemic, watching the world change forever. We may have found ourselves uttering new phrases like ‘corona-coaster’, ‘zoom-fatigue’, […]

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Manchester December Parties (NOW FULL)

Join us this December on either Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December (or both!) You child will get valuable time with a Citywise Mentor as they complete activities, crafts and games together. We can’t wait. We have room for 12 children on each day, so please let us know if for any reason you can […]

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It’s so good to be back!

Restrictions in Manchester have meant it has taken us a little longer to be back together in person which made our October Camp last week extra special! We had such a fun three days of reconnecting, learning more about our emotional and physical health and how we can cope with challenges by showing resilience. We’ve […]

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Manchester October Half Term Camp – NOW FULL

Join us at the Citywise Centre for a half-term camp! The camp will run each morning from 9am – 12:30pm from Monday to Wednesday this October 26-28th. We’re only able to open this camp to 15 children, so if you can come we encourage you to sign up and come every day! We’ll create a […]

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Jess’ story: more than just volunteering

Signing up to volunteer with Citywise when I was at University was one of the best decisions I ever made. I always knew I wanted to work with children in the field of Psychology, and I knew that by volunteering with Citywise I would be able to get some experience. However, I had no idea […]

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Coronavirus: Our Response

We’re doing what we can to be ready to offer our programmes to children when it’s safe to do so. After what could be months of lockdown, children’s mental health and wellbeing will be tested, even for the most resilient child. We’re exploring the idea of hosting virtual summer camps and how we can best support children […]

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Spring Camp 2020

Bookings are open for our free spring holiday camp – scroll down! Children currently attending P4-P7 can join the spring holiday camp taking place in Glasgow this April! 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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Make your Families Wishes Come True

(4-minute read) 2020. A new year and a new decade. The New Year brings the opportunity  to reflect on the past year and on the future. We have discussed in other blogs how reflecting on ourselves and our experiences, as well as being aware of our desires for the future will motivate us towards growth!  […]

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How To Raise Strong Children

(4-minute read)  Self Knowledge is one of the key foundational steps in our curriculum. It is important to know who we are, our strengths and development areas in order to know how we would like to grow, and who we would like to become. At Citywise we believe that we all have more strengths than […]

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Vote for Virtue!

As the United Kingdom heads for its third general election in four years, Luke Wilkinson considers how the British people can vote virtuously to build a country of character. As head of a charity which focusses on personal development, I spend my days considering how to help young people learn about and develop their character. […]

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New beginnings in Glasgow

2019 has been a huge year at Citywise. Not only have we celebrated our 25th anniversary, we have also introduced an entirely new way of working with children, their families and communities. And not content with this, we’ve also taken the opportunity to completely re-launch our work in Glasgow! If this is all news to […]

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Growing in Self Knowledge

The first of the seven key areas that make up the Citywise curriculum is Self Knowledge. During our first few sessions we reflect on who we are. We think about the different things that make up our character and that make up “me”. We explore what has influenced who we are today, and think about […]

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Manchester Heroes Academy 2019!

What a two weeks it has been! We can now present to you the Citywise Heroes Academy Manchester 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 Museum of Science […]

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