The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

living_wage_logo.pngThe Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 - significantly higher than the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.
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Love London. No Place for Hate: London Citizens Gather in Solidarity Against Hate Crime


London Citizens, the community organising alliance, held unity events across London on Monday morning in an act of solidarity with communities impacted by a reported rise in instances of racist and xenophobic abuse.

Reports of hate crime have risen 57 percent in the last week, according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Many London Citizens members have either personally, or through someone they know, been impacted by growing instances of racist and xenophobic abuse. In an effort to combat these crimes, members from London Citizens will gather outside of tube and train stations across London to spread the message “Love London. No place for Hate” demonstrating unity, compassion and solidarity with all London communities. Stickers shall be distributed alongside love hearts and cards with details on how to report hate crime.

You can download the resources here.

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Newham educators discuss importance of citizenship education


On Friday 24th June, educators in Newham London held a Roundtable meeting to discuss the importance of citizenship education and the need to promote civic participation among young people. Education leaders from The University of East London, Birkbeck University of London, St Angela’s School, St Bonaventure’s School, University of East London Students’ Union, and Newham Sixth Form College attended the meeting which was hosted by the CASS School of Education at UEL’s Water Lane campus in Stratford.

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Refugee Welcome Schools


14 and 15 year olds at Saint Gabriel’s College, a Church of England secondary school in South London, have set up a network of Refugees Welcome Schools and are hosting this week the first summit of schools who want to do more for this vulnerable group.

Here, some students share their motivations and what they hope to achieve.

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Mental Health Blog: Julie's Story

Leeds Citizens is campaigning local NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to work with us to improve primary care mental health services, so everyone has access to a ‘navigator’ – a locally-based mental health professional linked to their GP.

In the latest in our series of stories from Leeds Citizens members, Julie shares her experiences of mental health crisis and care at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.

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Scheme to match young talent with employers’ skills gap leads to former Monoux student beating global competition to win Apprentice of the Year


Sanna Shabir, a civil engineering technician apprentice at Atkins Global, has been named Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 international Consultancy & Engineering Awards. The Consultancy and Engineering Awards 2016 recognise and reward business excellence from across the consultancy and engineering sector globally

Sanna earned her place as an apprentice at Atkins  through the Good Jobs Campaign - a Citizens UK initiative which connects young people with businesses needing talented people. By working in partnership with employers and educational institutions, the Good Jobs Campaign has helped over 200 young people - who may otherwise have struggled to access employment opportunities without university qualifications - into jobs, apprenticeships and paid work experience.

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Students present vision for Thamesmead and Abbey Wood

 Greenwich Citizens with Teresa Pearce MP


As part of Greenwich Citizens, students from St. Paul's Academy, Abbey Wood took their classroom into the community to create a vision of Thamesmead and Abbey Wood with affordable and sustainable housing for families, employment opportunities for young people, and public spaces for the community, and presenting these to Teresa Pearce MP.

Gordon Davis, Head of Geography at St. Paul's Academy, said:

"To promote sustainable change we must engage and empower our students in issues of this significance. It is paramount to facilitate more of these experiences for our students – who are active members of the London community – to become the citizens that are the catalysts of change. Working with Citizens UK this year has been the medium in which we can facilitate these experiences to engage and empower our students. It has been a success for Geography and will continue to be a feature in next years study." 

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Citizens UK Awarded European Parliament Prize for work on Refugee Crisis


Citizens UK is delighted to be awarded the European Parliament's Citizens Prize following successes in reuniting unaccompanied minors from the camps in Calais with family in the UK.

Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees for Citizens UK commented “As Europe continues to be wracked by the worsening refugee crisis, it is particularly pertinent to have been recognised by the European Parliament for our work aiming to reunite unaccompanied refugee children from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp with their families in the UK.

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Each Vote Matters


There are 7.5 million people not registered to vote. These are mainly young people, private renters and members of the BME community.

There are benefits to registering. It allows you to put yourself in control of your identity, improve your credit rating and ensures we have a representative jury service. Alone, you may believe you have little influence. But together, no one can ignore us. Take power and register now!

You must register by 7 June if you want to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June. You can read the Statement from the Citizens UK Council on the EU Referendum here. 

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Omar draws his journey from Syria to Calais

Omar is one of many unaccompanied minors living in the camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais. 
With the help of Citizens UK's team in Calais, he told the BBC the story of his journey from Syria and drew some of his own experiences along the way. 
BBC Producers have brought Omar’s drawings to life in this compelling animated short


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