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Our stories

Stories are woven into the fabric of our organisation and we hope that anyone who is involved with us will go away with their own City Year story to tell - of how young people are changing Britain for the better. Please share them. We hope they will inspire many more.

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Volunteer Mentors
A poem of appreciation
April 22, 2021

You’re all giving one year, To work with students as a near peer. Doing it all as a volunteer. So…

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Volunteer Mentors
How my mentor helped me

“The thought of having my own mentor (known as a Bridge Builder) was one that I was excited about but…

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Our Impact
“My Bridge Builder has helped me think about options I have not considered before”

 Amanpreet Bhogal, Volunteer Mentor, City Year West Midlands, 2019-20 When I first heard about the Bridge Builder scheme of corporate…

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Volunteer Mentors
“City Year pushes you to become the best possible version of yourself”

I had previously spoken to the City Year team in June 2019 at a recruitment fair at Nottingham Trent University….

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Our Impact
Meet Sharon Webley, City Year West Midlands programme manager

Sharon has had a long career in education working with children and  young people to attain and achieve. She is…

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Our Impact
“I see my role as supporting a volunteer mentor to build their capacity for leadership” – A corporate mentor or ‘Bridge Builder’s’ view

Ashley Barratt volunteers as a ‘Bridge Builder’, offering ongoing careers advice and support to Volunteer Mentors at City Year West…

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Volunteer Mentors
My City Year Journey

“My journey with City Year has been amazing since day one. The world started to go downhill with COVID and…

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Our Impact
Young people are the future

“Young people are the future. I believe that without their contribution there is no hope.  We need to empower them…

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Our Impact
Meet Dean Thomas-Lowde, City Year Greater Manchester & The Black Country programme manager

For the past 20 years, Dean has worked as a Senior Leader in Education, Consultant and Director in some very…

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Our Impact
More children than ever before in Manchester need our support

“Manchester is the main financial and business hub in Northern England and one of the fastest growing cities in the…

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City Year UK alumna Saajidah
Our Impact
Saajidah Begum, City Year Greater Manchester, 2016-17
December 10, 2020

Saajidah  volunteered in Greater Manchester in 2016, following her A Levels. Through City Year she found her passion for working…

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City Year UK alumna Beth Crossfield
Our Alumni
Beth Crossfield, City Year West Midlands, 2013-14

Beth was one of the first volunteers to serve in the West Midlands in 2013 and ended up staying on…

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