Birmingham

Citizens UK, Birmingham is an independent membership alliance of civil society institutions acting together for the common good of the city.

For a short video clip about us from 2014 please click here

Founded in 2013, we have trained over 300 leaders on acting in public life through the method of community organising. Over 1500 people have participated in public action building accountable relationships with those in power in our city. Our dues paying member institutions from Brum’s faith, education, trade union and community sectors have enhanced their own development and mission from their involvement with Citizens UK.

Together our leaders and communities have won:

• access to specialist mental health services for 16-17 year olds,

• established local shops & community buildings as safe havens near schools,

• secured the backing of elected and business leaders persuading city’s employers to pay the Living Wage,

• resettlement of Syrian refugees from UN Camps

For highlights of us in action please visit our storify page

For regular breaking news posts of our work follow us on twitter @CitizensUKBham

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News

Pay Rise for Carers Agreed by Birmingham Council

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Leaders from Citizens UK Birmingham attended the February Council meeting to ask Councillors to commit to their social care campaign by raising council tax by 2% to better fund social care.  Before the meeting, leaders handed Council Leader John Clancy an early Valentine’s Card urging him to show love to low paid carers. 

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Birmingham’s Civil Society & Elected leaders join Special Vigil for victims of Paris & Beirut Attacks

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On Sunday 15th November, over 200 people from Birmingham gathered for a special vigil to remember those that had lost their lives in attacks in Paris, Beirut, Syria, Egypt and others parts of the world. Leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh community came to speak at the event to represent Birmingham as a “city of the world”.

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Foul play in the Premier League? Campaigning for the Living Wage

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The University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences joined Citizens UK Birmingham as a principal partner last year. Yvonne Sawbridge is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, and also an Aston Villa fan. She has become centrally involved in the campaign to persuade Aston Villa to become the first Living Wage football club in the Midlands. This is an article she wrote for the School of Social Policy blog.

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Fans lead calls for Aston Villa to pay the Living Wage

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This article by Aston Villa fan Dave Partridge appears in the August 2015 edition of Heroes & Villains fanzine. Fans of the club are central to a new effort to persuade Aston Villa FC to become an accredited Living Wage Employer this season, and will carry out their first public action at the club’s first home game.

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Citizens UK Celebrates Commitments to End Indefinite Detention

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Over 600 Citizens UK members gathered in the Great Hall, University of Birmingham, last night and heard Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper MP, answer their call for an end to indefinite detention, by announcing that should Labour be elected this May, they will commit to end indefinite detention, and using best practice guidance, put in place a time limit for detention when it is necessary for immigration purposes. Yvette Cooper confirmed this commitment would be a part of the Labour Party manifesto. This followed an announcement by the Liberal Democrats at their spring conference last week that should they be elected they would end indefinite detention, and Baroness Sally Hamwee reiterated this commitment on stage in Birmingham with Citizens UK. The Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP, Minister of State at the Department for International Development said they would continue to work with Citizens UK around the issue of both indefinite detention and resettlement of refugees and confirmed a record £800 million in aid is being spent in the region.

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Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG pledges to end gap in mental health services for young people

On Wednesday 14th May, local university student Sophina Khan won pledges from the Chair of a city Clinical Commissioning Group ensuring all young people will get access to mental health services. Sophina shared her powerful story of what it was like as a young person in care trying to get mental health treatment. She spoke in front of a packed Mount Zion Conference Centre in Aston where 428 people from communities across Birmingham gathered at the Public Assembly of Citizens UK: Birmingham – an alliance of schools, churches, mosques, trade unions and community groups.

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