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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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Team Diamonds’ Charity Climb at Kinder Scout
January 25, 2022

Back in October, Team Diamonds (serving at Kings Heath Boys in the West Midlands), climbed Kinder Scout to raise money…

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Social Action
Social Action Day – a Team Power update…
December 7, 2021

The first Social Action Project for our Volunteer Mentors took place on November 19th. Today we’re joined by Amelia Ledgard-Hoile,…

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Education
Black History Month: 8 Icons To Know
October 29, 2021

Black History Month is celebrated every October here in the UK. Our Volunteer Mentors and CYUK staff team have been…

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Volunteer Mentors
Library Work at Tile Cross Academy
August 17, 2021

Today on the CYUK Blog, we have a post from one of our now-Alumni, Charis! She penned this piece for…

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Volunteer Mentors
“City Year pushes you to become the best possible version of yourself”
April 22, 2021

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

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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
A leadership journey
December 10, 2020

They said, “If you think you’re a leader, please stand up.” Now, many arose but to my seat I was…

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Education
Nicole’s story

Nicole, 24, joined City Year UK after completing her master’s degree.  She shares her typical day. “My team was based…

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Volunteer Mentors
“One of the hardest but best things I’ve done in my life”
December 1, 2020

Not only did I change the lives of students during this academic year, but the children unknowingly have changed mine.

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Social Action
The Blog of Legends
November 5, 2020

One our London teams share their views on bullying, the ways that it can present itself – and perhaps most…

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The Corps
8 Top Tips for Self-Isolation During the Pandemic
June 10, 2020

Latifah from our London Volunteer Mentor cohort shares some top tips for wellbeing during the pandemic.

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Social Action
Stronger Together: A Message from City Year UK
June 3, 2020

City Year UK unequivocally condemns the killing of #GeorgeFloyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by the police in…

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