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Haringey Citizens launch new CitySafe Zone

On Wednesday 25th November, members of Haringey Citizens, a local alliance of faith and education groups, launched a new CitySafe Zone on West Green Road. The CitySafe scheme is a youth-led campaign run by Haringey Citizens that seeks commitments from shopkeepers to offer their premise as a safe haven for anyone who feels in immediate danger. This campaign was started in Tottenham after the riots and there are CitySafe Zones in Tottenham, Bounds Green and now West Green.

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Peckham Votes Yes to Launching Peckham Citizens

On Thursday 20th November, 94 people from 17 institutions across Peckham came together at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, on Rye Lane, for the Peckham Citizens Commissioning Assembly. The group unanimously voted to work towards founding a formal alliance of civic institutions in Peckham, called Peckham Citizens. The alliance will work together to tackle social injustices throughout the local area, putting people in Peckham at the forefront of making their neighbourhood a fairer and better place for all. Thursday night - which was co-chaired by Rev. Paul Collier of Copleston Church and Community Centre and Fran Botley of Southwark Primary Free School - also marked the start of 1,000 Voices, a listening campaign to talk and listen to 1,000 people in Peckham about the challenges people face in the local area.

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Moorlands residents win campaign for street lights

Residents on Moorlands Estate in Loughborough Junction celebrated after a pledge was made to fix their street lights by Christmas. The commitment to fix the lighting came after Jackie Andrews, regional Head of Housing Services from Metropolitan housing association, visited the estate to hear the concerns of residents. After meeting residents and being given a tour of the estate, Jackie Andrews promised that the street lights would be fixed within four weeks.

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Young Citizens ask Allianz to ‘insure’ Croydon’s future

Forty five young people set out to prove that Croydon has talent by handing in CVs on mass to the Allianz Global Assistance UK's George Street HQ near East Croydon station. The 16-19 year old leaders, from community organising charity Croydon Citizens, part of national charity Citizens UK, aimed to prove that young people in Croydon have the skills and potential to work in London’s top companies by showcasing their achievements.

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Supporting Living Wage Employers locally

The Living Wage Foundation, an initiative of Citizens UK, has accredited nearly 1,000 Living Wage Employers! The Foundation offer a fairtrade mark for employers that commit to pay the Living Wage.

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130 Peckham Residents Join Credit Union

On Monday 27th October, over 130 people in Peckham joined their local credit union together. A group of Peckham residents delivered the applications to the credit union to highlight the services offered by the local credit union as an alternative to payday lenders. The effort was a joint venture by South London Citizens, Copleston, a church and community centre in Peckham, and the Church Credit Champions Network.

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Royal College of Nursing Joins Citizens UK Call for Improved Social Care

The Royal College of Nursing has signed up to support the Citizens UK Social Care Charter, which calls for an end to fifteen minute home care visits, a Living Wage for care workers and training to nationally-accredited and evidence-based standards.

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Citizens Artist Points the Lens at Crisis in the Care System

North London Citizens leader, Annemarie Anang, 32, is exhibiting a series of images, at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, from 12th November to 23rd November, entitled, Mum, Dementia & I, which give an intimate insight into life with her mother, Elizabeth, as together they attempt to make sense of the changes in their lives caused by the onset of dementia.

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Citizens Call for World Cup Living Wage Commitment

Last night, Wednesday October 22nd, over 800 people, representing 100 local groups came together at Eglwys y Tabernacl on the Hayes, Cardiff, to attend the Cardiff Citizens and Vale of Glamorgan Citizens Founding Assembly and ratify a series of social justice campaigns they would work on together over the next five years, with the most immediate being a call to make the Rugby World Cup 2015 deliver a legacy of Living Wage jobs for Wales.

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Rabbis, pastors and imams unite to call for Lambeth council to offer sanctuary to 50 UN refugees

Lambeth faith leaders, Rabbi Janet Darley, Pastor Suzette Ashley and Imam Abdulkadir Mohammed, with the support of their congregations and local communities, joined together at Windrush Square, on 9th October during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, to call upon Lambeth Council to offer resettlement to a small number of vulnerable refugees living in UN camps near war-zones such as Syria and Iraq.

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