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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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