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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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Our Impact
“When you work to change the life of another, it inevitably changes you”
December 16, 2021

Back to Impact report 2019-2021 Chloe, a Volunteer Mentor with City Year London in 2020-21, shares how her mentoring relationship…

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Our Impact
“I grew up around people who struggled in school with no support”

Back to Impact report 2019-2021 Abul volunteered with City Year West Midlands in 2020-21.  He shares his journey as part…

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“I never imagined City Year would give me something to be passionate about”

Back to Impact report 2019-2021 Eloise, a Volunteer Mentor with City Year Greater Manchester in 2020-21, shares her story “I…

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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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Volunteer Mentors
New Beginnings: 2021’s Basic Training Academy & Red Jacket Ceremony
September 30, 2021

Last month, our brand new Volunteer Mentors took the first steps of their amazing City Year journey, during the Basic…

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Volunteer Mentors
“Learning and Evolving Throughout the Year”
August 24, 2021

Hello, my name is Simon Rohatynskyj and I served at Crumpsall Lane Primary School with City Year UK in Team…

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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
What is Project Creativity? The Vision, The Purpose, The Why and The Next Step!
July 27, 2021

Today, we’re bringing you something very special from some of our 2020/21 Volunteer Mentors: an insight into Project Creativity! This…

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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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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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