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About Citywall

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The Citywall Story

Citywall was founded in September 2014 out of a vision to build stronger and healthier communities from the ground up. Citywall's founder and director, Dave Atkinson, has extensive first-hand experience of education and youth work across Salford, Cheshire East and Trafford. His professional roles have included Headteacher of an independent pupil referral unit and Assistant Headteacher of a mainstream high school, with particular responsibility for pastoral care, behaviour, safeguarding and SEND provision. Citywall is therefore built on a thorough understanding of multi-agency working an strategic leadership, and on a commitment to the wellbeing of young people and families in the North West.

As a team we undertake freelance casework, project management and training assignments for organisations and professionals working with young people and families. We have so far enjoyed partnerships with Salford Youth Offending Services, Trafford Stronger Families, Trafford Virtual School, The Lighthouse Education Charity, Flixton Girls' School, Knutsford Academy and Oasis Academy Media City. We are fast building a track record of creative problem-solving, outstanding pastoral care and successfully working with young people to address barriers to learning and well-being.

Citywall mentors have expertise in mentoring and coaching young people; family mediation; tools for building resilience; working with parents and hard to reach families; bullying, e-safety and safeguarding young people; tracking, intervention and quality assurance; working in partnership with other professionals and agencies; team leadership and communication. We take every opportunity for further training and professional development in order to make sure that we stay relevant, informed and connected, and that we are able to deliver a consistent high quality of service in all areas of our work.

Citywall has been crafted to support young people and families in making positive life choices and gaining new skills to invest in education, family and future employment. We work where we are needed and grow to meet demand.