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Woman from burnt down Bravanese community centre Wins Special Jury award at the "Women On the Move Award” with Annie Lennox

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On Wednesday 4th March 2015 Asma Mohamed Ali from the Somali Bravanese Welfare association  (SBWA) won the prestigious Special Jury award at the 2015 Women On the Move awards.

Asma came to England as a refugee child with no grasp of English, but has devoted her time to running homework and women’s literacy clubs for her community. In 2013, her Bravanese community hall was burnt down in a suspected racist arson attack, but within a week, while six months pregnant and with the help of Citizens UK, Asma forged ties between the local Jewish and Muslim communities to keep the students’ programme going, and led community action to get £1.1 million of Council support to rebuild the hall.

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Citizens UK Launches Proposal to Save Half a Million People From Debt

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A proposal to use £200m of fines on banks and payday lenders to support community finance organisations such as credit unions has today been launched by the national community organising charity Citizens UK. The idea, which is supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings, would see the creation of a Community Finance Foundation to help ethical alternatives to high-cost credit expand their reach and improve their sustainability. It is estimated that over the next five years such a venture would help 500,000 people avoid high-cost credit, saving them over £200m per year in interest and fees and reducing the cost of problem debt on wider society by £1.4bn.

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Citizens UK disappointed by slow pace of Premier League

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Yesterday morning, a delegation of Citizens UK members who have been working on the Living Wage campaign in the football sector met with Director of Policy Bill Bush and Director of Communications Tim Vine.

The campaign has been gathering momentum over the last two months since the accreditation of Chelsea FC as an accredited Living Wage Employer last December. Joel Sharples, part of today's Citizens UK delegation, organised an e-petition which gathered 65,000 signatures calling on the Premier League to adopt the Living Wage.

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Leeds Citizens Holds First Delegates Assembly

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150 people from across Leeds civil society came together on Wednesday 11th February to announce the first organisations to join Leeds Citizens and launch our first Social Justice Agenda.

During a powerful Roll Call, 21 organisations announced their commitment to work together for the common good and confirmed payment of membership dues. We thank those organisations for their courage and leadership, and hope their actions will inspire many more in the coming months.

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Leader of Croydon Council backs Citizens UK social care charter

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In a meeting with Croydon Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, the leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman gave his full support to the organisation's social care campaign.

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Citizens UK Awarded Funding for Voter Registration Action

Citizens UK, the national community organising charity, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of £50,000 from the Cabinet Office to encourage more people to register to vote, with a particular focus on those groups who are under-represented on the electoral register, including students, other young people, and people from black and minority ethnic groups.

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What about a transfer window for those in working poverty?

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The January transfer window closed at 11 p.m. last night with the Premier League clubs spending a total of £125 million. Yet only one club is offering their lowest paid staff a transfer out of working poverty.

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Citizens UK Pledges Action in National Drive to Register 50,000 Voters

National community organising charity, Citizens UK, has today announced its plans to register 50,000 people to vote ahead of the General Election, as part of its charitable commitment to developing the capacity of people to participate in public life.

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Croydon Partnership commits to Living Wage​

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In a meeting with local community organising alliance Croydon Citizens, regional branch of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, the Croydon Partnership committed to paying the London Living Wage and becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. The partnership consists of Westfield and Hammerson and is responsible for the planned £1bn shopping centre in Croydon.

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Urgent call for action: Could your local area welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugees?

As winter sets in, a new crisis is facing Syrian refugees in UN camps. After snowstorms and freezing temperatures, UNICEF has said that the camps have become 'deadly for children'. Similar conditions are faced  by millions of refugees in Iraq.

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