Volunteer with us in 2022/23

Welcome to Citywise!

We’re so glad you are interested in volunteering with us!

We work with schools and families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Glasgow and Manchester to help young people unlock their potential, flourish in all areas of their lives, and contribute positively to their communities.

At Citywise we offer young people personalised support within our school-based term time mentoring projects. We also involve parents in their child’s growth journey and offer after school groups, holiday clubs and family activities.

Can you volunteer a few hours each week to mentor a child for the academic year? You can be part of an amazing team of mentors managed by a Citywise staff member. You will get to know a group of children and provide 1:1 mentoring to one of them. This will follow our 7-stage character development curriculum which is just as helpful for developing your own character as it is for your mentees!

We will finish 2021/22 with our Summer Camps. In 2022/2023 our mentoring programme will begin in October. We also have holiday camps that we run while children are out of school – usually in October, April, July and August. Finally, we run family events at different times of the week, often on Saturdays. These are a great option if you want to volunteer but can’t make a year-long commitment. With our unique character mentoring approach, you can equip young people with the skills they need to thrive, not just in school, but in all areas of life!

Here is a rundown of what’s happening in Glasgow this year:

  • Our Summer Holiday Camps happened in July and are now complete.
  • Weekly school mentoring projects will run from the end of October 2022 until the end of May 2023, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • October Camp – 17th-21st October 2022
  • Spring Camp – 3rd-7th April 2023 
  • Family fun days and other events happening throughout the year

Here is a rundown of what’s happening in Manchester this year:

  • Our Summer Holiday Camp are on the weeks of 1st-5th August and 15th-19th August. You can join both weeks or only one of them.
    • New volunteers: please follow this link and fill in the application to be a Volunteer Holiday Project Mentor. New applications accepted until Tues 26th July.
    • Returning volunteers: please complete this Google Form to let us know about your availability

Next Steps

If you are interested in volunteering with us this year, you are in the right place! There are several stages to getting involved. First, join a Welcome Event! Here you will hear more about us and what is involved in becoming a Citywise mentor. This is also a great place to meet like-minded people as you will also get a chance to meet our team and existing volunteers, who help us facilitate these events and are looking forward to chatting with you.

Welcome Events take place in September and October every year. If you are applying after the above dates, you can still fill in the form without ticking an option, or fill in an application form and we’ll be in touch with you. 

In order to volunteer with us, you will also need to fill in an application form. You can complete this after the Welcome Event if you still have questions about our work. If you already know you’d like to volunteer, you can fill this in straight away!

Once you have attended a Welcome Event and have completed a form, we will be in touch with you. Successful applicants will receive an email and be invited to a Training Event before beginning your mentoring journey with us!