Our supporters

City Year UK believes in the power of young people to help positively change the education landscape for children growing up in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country.

However, our volunteer mentors aren’t on their own. We share our impact with a community of supporters who are critical to enabling our young people to serve in school and use their year as a launchpad for their future career.

We would like to sincerely thank all who join our call to more than double our number of volunteer mentors by 2020 and all the organisations and individuals who support us including:

Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation

As City Year UK’s Pioneer Growth Partner, the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation’s grant supports teams of volunteers serving as mentors, role models and near peer tutors in Birmingham, London and Manchester schools. The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation’s strategic commitment to City Year UK laid the foundation for our 2020 growth plans supporting our expansion to the West Midlands and Greater Manchester as well as amplifying growth in London. In addition to being a long-term financial supporter, Credit Suisse has been pivotal in supporting our many events, including events at the National Gallery, the annual Red Jacket Ceremony for new volunteers and our Impact Breakfast. We rely on and are also deeply grateful for the experience and insight of the many Credit Suisse employees who have given up their time to advise and support our volunteers with their career development. As our Pioneer Growth Partner, Credit Suisse has been vital to the development and expansion of City Year UK and we are hugely indebted to them for their support.

“I spent a day wearing the red jacket and serving alongside the volunteers at Whitmore Primary School in Hackney [now Shoreditch Primary School]. It was an inspirational experience and it was obvious the volunteers were gaining as much from the experience as the children they were mentoring.” Patrick Flaherty, Chairman of the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation and City Year UK Trustee.

Bain Capital

Bain Capital  and its employees have contributed to City Year’s development, growth and success internationally for more than two decades. Since 1988, the firm and its people have invested in City Year through a wide range of philanthropic support.

Bain Capital’s partnership with City Year UK began with their headline support of our annual Red Jacket Gala Dinner and hosting a networking event to celebrate Women in Leadership for our volunteer mentors.

In recognition of the importance of promoting our scale and impact, Bain Capital became a Team Supporter in 2016. Bain Capital will be supporting a team of volunteers at Lauriston Primary school in Hackney over the next three academic years.

Bain Capital and its subsidiaries support multiple charitable and nonprofit organizations through their Community Partnership. To keep up to date with their community involvement, follow Bain Capital’s Twitter.

Bank of America

Bank of America (BofA) has invested in City Year UK’s impact since 2014 and they have been the Team Supporter for the ‘Pride BofA team’ at William Ellis school in Camden during this entire time. As part of this partnership, BofA employees help to support the professional development of the City Year UK volunteer mentors through a variety of activities, including taking part in the Bridge Builder mentoring programme, helping to deliver Mock Interview Days and bespoke professional development opportunities throughout the course of the academic year.

In addition to this support BofA also works with City Year UK on a strategic level and is currently helping the charity to expand its thinking around the career development of our volunteers and inspire them to be more innovative and entrepreneurial about their ‘Leadership after City Year’. We look forward to working with BofA to research and realise this innovation.

“We’re proud to be a Team Supporter and help develop pathways to economic mobility through our partnership with William Ellis School. We look forward to helping City Year develop innovate new ideas and working together to support young people in their journey from education to employment.”  Anthony Harte, Head of Community Engagement, EMEA at BofA.

DHL UK Foundation

City Year have teamed up with the DHL UK Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to supporting the education and employability of young people in the UK. The partnership, which started in 2016, is built on a shared belief in the power of young people and education.

Starting in the 2016/17 academic year, the DHL UK Foundation is working with  City Year across London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

DHL employees across the UK are supporting City Year UK’s young volunteers through a variety of activities, including taking part in the Bridge Builder mentoring programme, helping to deliver Mock Interview Days and professional skills workshops and through our  “Learning from Leaders” sessions, where City Year UK volunteers get to hear from inspirational leaders from a variety of fields. All of these opportunities will help City Year UK volunteers successfully secure employment or progress to higher education after their year of service.

The support from the DHL UK Foundation is greatly appreciated by City Year UK and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership together.

For more information about the DHL UK Foundation please visit www.dhlukfoundation.org

“We continue to be inspired and impressed with City Year – not only with how the volunteers transform into young leaders, but also with the impact they make in schools. I am really excited to see how colleagues from DHL can continue to support City Year young people to be future leaders.” Andy Button-Stephens, Senior Programme Manager, DHL UK Foundation.


Nesta and the Office for Civil Society have supported City Year UK since 2014, as part of the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund. In this time, they have helped us to extend the reach and scope of City Year’s work and, we are delighted they are backing us again in 2017 to help us increase our sustainability and the number of schools we will be able to work with in the coming years. With Nesta and the Office for Civil Society’s help, we will be better able to deliver City Year’s unique model to schools and pupils who we might otherwise not have been able to reach.

Vicki Sellick, Director at Nesta commented: “We remain ever impressed by City Year UK’s impact on students’ outcomes in the classroom. Young people’s lives are being changed for the better and we are delighted to be able to back City Year to further expand in Manchester, Birmingham and London in order to reach many more more young people, while moving towards long term financial sustainability.”

National Grid

National Grid is a founding supporter of City Year UK and has supported a team of volunteers at Shoreditch Park Primary School (formerly Whitmore Primary School) based in Hackney, London since 2010. During this time, City Year UK was cited by Ofsted as a key intervention in changing Shoreditch Park Primary School’s rating from an “unsatisfactory” to an “outstanding” school.

City Year has also delivered School Power, National Grid’s extracurricular STEM school programme, across London primary schools. Together we have engaged over 30,000 pupils in science since 2011 and hosted eight free science festivals in London.

National Grid has played a pivotal role in providing volunteer mentors to City Year volunteers in London and the West Midlands. National Grid’s Senior Managers have also supported City Year’s strategy and development by becoming committee members, and numerous members of staff have taken part in skills-based training sessions with City Year volunteers.

“We have had a long term partnership with City Year, initially supporting their work in London which ran alongside a major project we were undertaking to rewire the capital and power the city’s future growth.

Over the years our employees have really embraced City Year and what they stand for by becoming mentors to the Corps members. Each year over 60 of our employees support Corps members in Birmingham, London and Manchester.

Our aim is to help young people gain new skills and become successful in life. City Year makes a real positive difference to the young people who undertake a year of service and also to the students in the schools they support.”

TowerBrook Foundation

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The Wates Family Enterprise Trust

The Wates Family Enterprise Trust is supporting City Year UK to both develop a model for partnership working with Universities and to scale up delivery of the City Year UK programme in Coventry. In 2019, WFET provided a grant of £50,000 towards this work. As a result of this work the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and City Year UK are considering a multi-year partnership.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions.

Akin Gump has been supporting City Year in the US for a number of years. Since 2015, the firm has provided its support to the UK arm by sponsorship at City Year UK’s annual gala fundraising Red Jacket Dinner and the founding of an Akin Gump Fellowship which directly supports four London volunteers through the City Year programme. The firm also hosts an annual Interview Skills Day for City Year UK volunteers to help them with their career path.

Sebastian Rice, Managing Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld:

“Akin Gump is proud to support City Year in making a difference to children’s lives in the UK and in supporting its mission to galvanise the talent, energy and idealism of young role models to help disadvantaged children succeed in school.”

James Terry, Partner and City Year Mentor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld:

“Those of us exposed to City Year so far have been extremely impressed with the energy and approach of this charity. We are keen to explore new avenues to continue to build on this relationship.”

J Leon Charitable Foundation

J Leon Charitable Foundation are a new partner of City Year UK, supporting us to further our charitable objectives since 2016. J Leon have been hugely supportive of, and engaged with, the City Year model by bringing a wealth of experience, contacts and enthusiasm to our partnership. J Leon have been particularly engaged with our after-school clubs where our volunteers provide so many extra-curricular benefits to the pupils they work with. We look forward to building on the fantastic start to our partnership with J Leon and working together to tackle educational inequality.

“We have been most impressed with City Year since beginning our funding relationship.  Feedback has been excellent and we have been pleased to introduce the organisation to other family foundations interested in promoting equality in education.”

LEGO Group

The LEGO Group are supporting City Year volunteers this year in primary schools across London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands, sharing and training in their approach to Learning through Play with hands-on, minds-on activities. They are also trialling a special project with five of our London primary schools on their trailblazing ‘Build the Change’ social action programme, which we both hope will continue beyond academic year 2016/17.

“Working with City Year UK and their amazing volunteers is an absolute pleasure. Being around like-minded individuals who want to impact the lives of young people around the world is inspiring, energising and especially reassuring in times like these. The projects we collaborate on aim to, through learning through play, nurture those ever important 21st Century skills that children need more and more for future success. Onwards and upwards!” David Pallash

Eighty Eight Foundation

The Eighty Eight Foundation is investing in the future of City Year volunteers and the pupils they support through a bespoke Fellowship of five volunteers. They are endeavouring to provide mentoring, special engagement events for their fellows and work shadowing opportunities. The Foundation is also supporting our hardship fund, which was created to help any eligible participant who experiences financial difficulty during their year of service. The fund is discretionary and is aimed at supporting basic living and or other unexpected costs that might prevent a participant from fully engaging in the programme.

“We are impressed with the commitment of our volunteers & City Year and with their achievements. We wish them continuing success.”


Aramark is a founding partner of City Year UK and has supported us since our launch in 2010. Aramark funded the Aramark Civic Engagement Team of young volunteers from 2010-13. The team delivered service projects that supported local communities, engaging hundreds of community members in delivering activities such as planting community vegetable gardens, refurbishing a nursery and creating murals for a creche. Aramark went on to become our Recruitment Partner in 2014 and have sponsored our London Graduation ceremonies. We have engaged hundreds of staff from Aramark in volunteering activities since 2010 and alongside our partnership, City Year UK has worked with Aramark to plan and deliver 3 Aramark Building Community Days across London and Birmingham since 2014.

Arrow Global

Arrow Global nominated City Year UK as one of its two charity partners in 2015 for two years and have organised a number of fundraising activities to raise vital funds for our work. Their staff are highly engaged with supporting our volunteers’ with their personal and professional development and became our Leadership Development programme Supporter in 2017, providing mentoring, mock interview practice and professional skills workshops for our Greater Manchester volunteers.

“Arrow Global has a simple but clear purpose – to build better financial futures.  We believe that doing this for all our stakeholders – our colleagues, customers, clients, shareholders and in the communities we work – is the best long- term way for our business to grow and for us to build a sustainable, profitable and customer-focused business.  Arrow Global is headquartered in Manchester, with colleagues from across many different disciplines. We believe in working with our communities at all times, playing our part as a positive in influence by supporting local charities and initiatives. City Year UK’s launch and on-going growth across the Greater Manchester region was a great opportunity to leverage our financial and human resources to support an excellent cause, together with providing our colleagues with community volunteering opportunities.” Oliver Stratton, Director of Portfolio Recoveries and Client Relations.

Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity

The Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity gives grants to charities where the grant will make a difference and where the Trustees can see how the money is being used. City Year UK has received two generous donations of £5,000, first in 2015 and again in 2017.

"The trustees are glad to support City Year UK in working with promising young people towards social equality and cohesion in London."

The Eveson Charitable Trust

The Eveson Charitable Trust funds registered charities delivering projects that benefit people living in the West Midlands. In 2016 City Year West Midlands received a generous donation of £2,500 from The Eveson Charitable Trust.

Foundation for Children

Foundation for Children was established in 2010 to alleviate poverty and overcome disadvantage amongst children in need in the UK. In 2016 City Year UK received a generous donation of £7,500 towards our work in the West Midlands.

Baron Davenport’s Charity

Baron Davenport’s Charity provides grants to organisations supporting children and young people or older people, plus almshouses, hospices and individuals. Grants are awarded within the West Midlands area. City Year UK has received two generous donations, first in 2015 and again in 2016.