How will I fund my City Year?

To support you through your year of service you will receive:

- Living expenses up to £4,400 a year in London and £3,960 in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester

- Reimbursement for any travel expenses you incur as a result of City Year activities.

- Support with your financial management through training, workshops and online tools.

- The City Year Hardship fund if eligible.

- Free uniform, including our iconic red jacket.

Please refer to other useful resources including Volunteer England and Citizens Advice Bureau.

How else are volunteers supported through the programme?

- City Year is a shared experience: you will contribute to and benefit from the support of other members within your school team.

- You will be managed and supported by an Impact Officer.

- You will receive mentoring support from an employee at one of our corporate partner organisations.

- You will have one day per week dedicated to your personal and professional development through our exceptional Training Academy.

How do I apply and when?

We recruit on an ongoing basis and we advise that you apply early to secure your place.

Can I defer for a year?

We recruit on an ongoing basis and welcome applications for next year’s programme.

Is there anyone I can speak to before the assessment centre for helpful tips?

Yes - we have a dedicated recruitment team who are happy to answer any questions you may have.

When will I hear back from City Year after submitting my application?

We receive a high volume of applications but you’ll hear back from us within five working days.

What does the recruitment process involve?

The recruitment process gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your eligibility for the City Year programme. For more information on the process, please email

If I have been rejected can I apply again?

Yes, but not for the same year. You will be eligible to apply for the following year.

I consider myself to have a disability. How would I be supported if I apply to City Year?

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. We will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs in the assessment process. If you are successful and are offered a place on the programme, we will discuss with you the reasonable adjustments that need to be made throughout the programme.

Can I apply if I have a previous offence (caution, reprimand or formal warning) or previous disciplinary matter?

All applicants must satisfactorily complete the enhanced DBS check. Please disclose any detail on your self-declaration form and if successful, we will contact you to set up a safeguarding panel meeting where your situation will be reviewed. If you have any queries prior to assessment centre please contact:

Can I apply if I don’t have a degree?

Yes - we accept applications from people who are studying for or who have completed A-Levels and a degree. We also welcome applications from people who haven’t taken an academic path.

Can I get feedback on my application/assessment centre?

Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to give feedback at the application stage, but we do give feedback after you’ve been to an assessment centre.