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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.

The volunteers started out with a fund of … Read more ›

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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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City Year UK announces Lord Blunkett as first patron at 5th birthday celebration

As part of our fifth anniversary celebrations we announced Lord Blunkett as our first honorary patron.  The former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who has a long-standing interest in youth social action, has been a supporter of City Year UK since it started in 2010.

In a special video message aired during our fifth birthday party, Lord Blunkett enthusiastically thanked the 680 young people who’ve joined City Year UK to date and highlighted that ‘giving and getting’ is what the charity’s year of service is all about.  

 Our 5th birthday party was hosted by William … Read more ›

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City Year launches in Greater Manchester

City Year Greater Manchester officially launched yesterday evening at a special event hosted by KPMG.

25 young people have already signed up, starting their ‘year of service’ in four primary and secondary schools with a high proportion of pupils from low income backgrounds.

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, praised the example and inspiration of corps members and called for businesses to get alongside them and the programme.

Nicola Doward, Headteacher at launch partner, Stretford High School, said: “Since we were joined by our team of City Year volunteers we have all been infected by their enthusiasm … Read more ›

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Minister joins Generation Change to celebrate youth social action

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, this week joined City Year UK and members of Generation Change to celebrate and support the power of youth volunteering.

He said: “It’s clear that social action has an important role to play in preparing young people for work, as well as for them to recognise the part they have to play in society.”

The packed event, which took place on Monday 5th October at Goodstock, a social enterprise run by vInspired, was part of the Conservative Party Conference. It gave Conservative MPs and others the opportunity to meet young people involved … Read more ›

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City Year UK teams up with Aramark to host global ‘work readiness’ volunteer day

On Thursday 17th September, we teamed up with Aramark and two of our partner schools to host a day of activities on the theme of ‘workplace readiness’ as part of its Building Community Day, a global initiative involving more than 200 events and thousands of staff from the international food service company.

Over 300 Year 9 pupils from across William Ellis School in Camden and Holte School in Birmingham were inspired and encouraged to begin to think about the workplace with fun sessions including an interactive business challenge in the style of ‘The Apprentice’, together with workshops advising on themes … Read more ›

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Wishing corps members a Happy New City Year!

160 talented and inspirational young people from across the country have embarked on a ‘City Year’ this week, serving for the next 11 months in 24 inner-city schools as role models, mentors and tutors.

Volunteering full-time Monday to Thursday they’ll play a crucial role supporting thousands of pupils in and out of the classroom, helping them to enjoy and make the most of their education.

In return, the 18-24 year olds, known as corps members, will be given personal, professional and leadership development opportunities, with a training and careers programme run every Friday in conjunction with corporate supporters.

Sophie Livingstone, … Read more ›

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City Year UK volunteers open ‘the Oscars for responsible business’

Thanks to our longstanding partnership with National Grid, City Year corps members from London, Birmingham and Manchester, took centre stage at the Responsible Business of the Year Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 7th July, highlighting both the power of social action and potential of young people.

In his speech, National Grid Chief Executive, Steve Holliday, told the audience to look to the younger generation to find solutions for the future as well as “promise, passion, hope and ambition”.

The event, which was hosted by National Grid as last year’s winners, was opened by 75 of our young volunteers … Read more ›

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