The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO) is the founding chapter of London Citizens, the UK’s largest independent community alliance.

TELCO was launched in 1996. At the founding Assembly, over 1,300 people from 30 diverse communities gathered in York Hall, Bethnal Green, to commit to working together for the common good.

Over the last 15 years, TELCO has pioneered Community Organising in the UK and as part of London Citizens now counts over 250 communities in membership. By bringing communities together and training leaders in the skills of public life, TELCO is changing the way politics happens in London.

TELCO is now driving forward successful campaigns on wages, housing, safer streets and immigration. Locally, teams of leaders rebuild relationships within and between communities making a safer, fairer and better governed London.

Look at the TELCO Jobs Network page for information about the Citizens Jobs Network.

TELCO Member Institutions


Catholic Association for Racial Justice
St. Thomas More RC Church
The Urswick School
St John at Hackney
St Thomas’ Church, Stamford Hill – North East Hackney Anglican Group
St Michael and All Angels Church – North East Hackney Anglican Group
St Joseph’s Hospice
Cardinal Pole RC School
Our Lady’s Convent High School
Skinners Academy
St Jude’s Catholic Church, Clapton
St Mary’s CoE Church, Stoke Newington
St James’ Church, Clapton


Stratford & Canning Town Methodists
Eastside Young Leaders Academy
Landmark Training/ Skills for Growth
Parish of Divine Compassion, Forest Gate
St Antony’s R C Church, Forest Gate
St Bonaventure’s & St Angela’s Sixth Form College
St Margaret’s R C Church, Canning Town
Woodgrange Baptist Church
St Stephen’s & St Nicholas’ Parish
Shpresa Programme
Catholic Parish of the Royal Docks
RCCG Trinity Chapel, Canning Town
E13 Learning Community
Trustees of St Francis RC Church, Stratford
Ursuline Convent, Forest Gate
Anchor House, Canning Town
University of East London – School of Law and Social Sciences
Alif Academy, Forest Gate


St Thomas of Canterbury
Trinity Catholic High School
CJSR – Brentwood Diocese
The Salvation Army, Ilford

Tower Hamlets

East London Mosque
St Cassimirs Lithuanian Church
New Testament Church of God Mile End
Our Lady of The Assumption RC Church Bethnal Green
Queen Mary University Geography Department
Salvation Army, Stepney Green and Stratford
St Mary’s Church, Cable Street
St Paul’s Church, Shadwell
Stepney Green School
Unison – Tower Hamlets
Jesuit Refugee Services
Central Foundation Girls  School
Islamic Forum Europe
MuslimAAT UK
Langdon Park  Secondary School
Poplar Harca Housing Association
Dawatul Islam UK & Eire
Ebrahim College
Tower Hamlets Catholic Deanery

Waltham Forest

Norlington  School for Boys
Our Lady & St George’s RC Parish
The Holy Family Technology College
Sir George Monoux College
St Barnabas Church
Parish of Walthamstow