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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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’, […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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! […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 in July 2019! A Superhero A superhero brings about justice so that humankind can have peace A superhero is always kind especially when helping the blind A superhero has great wisdom […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Growth Mindset: Setting our Children Free to Thrive
An experience with my daughter recently 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 an extra stress in life. Whilst having lunch with friends, my daughter was drawing with her friend. I noticed […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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, […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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: […]Read more