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City Year

The City Year UK Diamond Team has been partnered with Rose Bridge Academy since September 2017. It is made up of 7 members - one IO, and 6 Volunteer Mentors, each of whom mentor between 8 and 10 students. The Diamond Team run breakfast club to improve attendance and punctuality, after school clubs to help make school an enjoyable place, and assist staff and pupils inside the classroom, delivering one-to-one and whole-class support. In addition they monitor the progress and wellbeing of their focus-list pupils on a daily basis, liaise with staff and parents, do 2 duties per day, accompany staff & students on trips, attend isolation & detention with their focus list and help out at Student Council. Find us on Twitter - @CYDiamondsRBA.

City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. From Monday to Thursday, City Year UK's volunteers are in schools; they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, while developing their own skills. On Fridays they meet to share experiences and benefit from structured training, delivered by experts from across the education, business and voluntary sectors. City Year was first established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and operates in 27 cities across America, as well as Johannesburg in South Africa. City Year UK launched in London in 2010 and has since expanded to Birmingham and Greater Manchester. To find out more about us please visit our website -

Meet the Team

Jo Tinker

Jo Tinker serves as the Impact Officer for Team Diamond. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a degree in History, and went on to do a PGCE in Secondary History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She taught History in two different Secondary Schools for six years, teaching across the age range from 11-18 years.

Miss Tinker moved to City Year as she is passionate about giving young people the best start in life. She is delighted to have been placed in Rose Bridge Academy in an exciting new partnership & looks forward to the year ahead.

Alex Butler

Alex Butler was born in Wigan & studied at St John Rigby College. He is a Believe I'm only human and an lgbtq+ ambassador. Alex has always enjoyed working with young people and supports at several voluntary groups in his native Wigan; he has aspirations to be a youth worker in the future.

Alex joined City Year UK because he is passionate about improving the lot of the less fortunate; he is also looking forward to giving back to his local community whilst serving at Rose Bridge Academy.

"One random act of kindness can change the world."

Adam Coburn

Adam Coburn studied Art & Design at Salford City College before graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Salford. He was drawn to City Year after extensive experience volunteering with young people at Venture Arts.

Through assisting & encouraging participants Adam developed a passion for helping the less fortunate & those requiring extra support.

Adam hopes to make a real impact on the young people of Rose Bridge Academy during his year of service, whilst moving him closer to his goal of a career helping others.

Kajol Patel

Kajol Patel is a recent Edge Hill graduate with a degree in Children and Young People’s Learning and Development. She has always known that she wanted to work with children but wasn’t sure that teaching was the role for her. One of the things holding her back was a lack of confidence in her abilities which is exactly what City Year aims to target through their Leadership Programme.

In a year’s time she hopes to have made a positive impact on the lives of the young people in her care, helping them to achieve their full potential and realise that they are highly valued.

Ben Lopacki

Ben, 23, is from Rochdale. After studying Maths, Further Maths, and Physics at A Level, he achieved a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lancaster University. He is seriously considering getting into teaching and will use his year of service to gain experience and insight in the hopes of becoming the best teacher he can be.

Ben is excited about working in Rose Bridge Academy with Year 11 and hopes to make a real difference to the students during this important year.

It doesn’t matter how slow you go; what matters is that you don’t stop.

Grace Gillibrand

Grace Gillibrand, 23 from Leigh, has been working with young people in various settings over the past 3 years, from Salford to America. These experiences have convinced her that her future lies working in Secondary Pastoral care.

Grace found City Year through her work with a similar charity - The Fresh Air Fund - in New York. She is looking forward to working in a school within her local community and is excited about the challenges ahead. She is hoping to gain a better knowledge and understanding of a Secondary setting in order to fulfill her career ambitions.