Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Citizens was started in July 2016, work with a variety of institutions across Greater Manchester including schools, trade union branches, faith institutions and community groups.

Our current focus is centred on our Mayoral Assembly on May 1st. Communities across Greater Manchester will decide who takes office as the first ever Mayor for our region. S/he will lead decisions on transport, social care, housing, young people, skills and public sector reform which will significantly affect the lives and prospects of people across our communities.

Our Greater Manchester Citizens Organiser is Furqan Naeem. Contact him at


Greater Manchester's Get Together


Invitation from Brendan Cox, The Jo Cox Foundation, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council


Dear Friend

On behalf of Greater Manchester Citizens, Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority we would like to invite you to the Greater Manchester Great Get Together.

Inspired by the memory and the values of Jo Cox, the Great Get Together is essentially a chance for people of different communities, faiths and backgrounds to come together in celebration and commemoration. We are honoured that communities and organisations across the country are holding tens of thousands of events across the country, bringing together people of different backgrounds, ages and beliefs.

After the tragic events of the past few weeks where so many innocent lives have been lost in Manchester and London, we believe that it is now more important than ever to unite to express our grief for lives lost, our resolve to fight hate in all its forms and our commitment to hold to our values.

In that light we hope that the many events across Manchester planned for the Great Get Together will provide an opportunity for people to come together. Some will want to gather in the centre of the city and this event, taking place in the Cathedral Gardens just by Manchester Arena, will provide that opportunity.

We are keen that the event unites people from diverse backgrounds from across the Greater Manchester area. We would be delighted if you were able to join us at the event with family, colleagues and other representatives of your community.





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Greater Manchester Citizens Statement

Citizens UK and Greater Manchester Citizens offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims, families and friends of the terrible attack last night. We will not let hatred divide us; we will stand together regardless of our faith or political allegiance and work for the common good. 

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Greater Manchester Citizens send message to show we want to build bridges and not walls


Greater Manchester Citizens, a chapter of the national community organising group Citizens UK are dong an action this coming Friday 20th January bringing together communities to show solidarity towards immigrants and refugees with the rest of the world. On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the USA, banners will be dropped from bridges across the country to send a simple, hopeful message: we will build bridges, not walls in the face of hate, fear, lies and division.

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