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City Year’s Got Talent showcases pupils from all three cities

Pupils from our partner schools in London, Birmingham and Greater Manchester, recently took to the stage to perform in the annual City Year’s Got Talent grand final, held across all of the three cities.

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Chief Executive Sophie Livingstone on the need to put gender on the agenda

“Last year, the World Economic Forum estimated that a slowdown in the already ‘glacial pace of progress’ means we’re not going to achieve global gender parity until 2133 to wait that long”.

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City Year UK’s red jackets are fit for HM The Queen

Yesterday, 3rd March, City Year UK was honoured to be one of the charities introduced to The Queen at a special visit to Lister Community School in east London. The event was held to celebrate the work of youth charities supported by The Queen’s Trust, which exists to enable and encourage young people to help others.… Read more ›

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US delegation highlights how voluntary ‘years of service’ could serve the UK

On 23rd February, Lord Blunkett hosted an event at the House of Lords to explore how the UK could replicate countries such as the US, Germany and France by creating legal recognition for a year of voluntary service, building on the foundations laid by National Citizen Service.… Read more ›

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City Year UK sets up healthy cooking club in Birmingham school

City Year UK volunteers at Marlborough Junior School in Birmingham have started up a healthy cooking club.… Read more ›

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Credit Suisse brings pupils together for a transatlantic ‘hangout’

Thanks to Credit Suisse, which supports City Year in the US and UK, we were able to bring pupils from London and New York together in a virtual ‘hangout’ last week.… Read more ›

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City Year UK volunteers help the homeless with Christmas party funds

Thanks to the generosity of local shops, young volunteers with City Year Greater Manchester have turned money donated by the charity’s staff from their Christmas activity fund into over £100 worth of items for homeless charity Mustard Tree.  In an Apprentice-style challenge, they were given two hours to negotiate as many essentials for those living on the streets, in hostels or temporary accommodation, as they could.  Stall holders in the Northern Quarter, Market Street and Oldham Street got behind the initiative, contributing everything from  blankets, scarves and socks to camping mats.

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City Year UK supporter wins Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Volunteering Award

We were delighted to learn that Serina Ramkhelawon has won a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Volunteering Award for her work with City Year UK.

Serina, who is a Liquidity Product Sales specialist at the bank, first came across us when her team worked with colleagues in the EMEA Corporate Social Responsibility group on its search for a non-profit partner that aligned with their professional skills and interests.  Finding City Year UK to be a perfect fit, she’s since become a champion for the whole organisation and the bank’s sponsorship of our team at William Ellis School.  Speaking at … Read more ›

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City Year UK responds to the Government’s comprehensive spending review

Today the Chancellor George Osborne announced the details of the comprehensive spending review to Parliament. This lays out the Government’s spending plans for the next five years.   The key issues affecting City Year UK are: National Citizen Service places will be expanded to 300,000, at an estimated annual cost of roughly £1 billion. 26% cuts to the Cabinet Office. This is concerning as this department houses The Office for Civil Society, which is responsible for funding youth social action. If cuts across the department are applied equally, budget reductions for Office for Civil Society could equate to as much as… Read more ›
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Festival of fun: Youngsters discover the lighter side of science

On Friday 20th November, 90 seven to eleven-year-olds from two Islington primary schools enjoyed a fun festival of science and engineering organised by National Grid and City Year UK.  Running since 2011, the festival is designed to spark children’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and demonstrate their relevance to everyday life.

Pupils from Pakemon Primary School and St Marks C of E Primary School attended the festival. Attractions included ‘whizz-bang workshops’, run by science education provider Mad Science, as well as ‘hands on’ activities organised by young volunteers from City Year UK, which started in Islington … Read more ›

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