Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.
We are the home of community organising in the UK. Our members are schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, parents groups, health practices and other diverse institutions in London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Birmingham, Tyne and Wear, Wales and Leeds.
We develop the leadership capacity of people to participate in public life, to act together for the common good, so they can hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.
Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change lives and transform communities.
Our vision is for a healthy democracy with civil society at its heart.
What is Community Organising?
Community Organising is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhoods, cities, and ultimately the country for the better. We work with people who want to transform the world, from what it is to what they believe it should be. To do this we listen to our members, asking them about their concerns and developing strategies to improve our communities. We ensure that civil society is at the negotiating table alongside the market and state, so that our communities are included in the decisions that affect them.
What are Citizens UK's Charitable Objectives?
The declared objectives of Citizens UK are for the benefit of the public:
- to develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities of Britain and Ireland in such a way that such members are better able to identify and meet their needs and participate more fully in society;
- to assist by directly promoting the more effective working of local and national capacity building institutions designed to pursue that aim.