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Reducing child poverty must be top priority for Commonwealth Games legacy

Reducing child poverty must be top priority for Commonwealth Games legacy


Alliance of Birmingham schools, Universities and businesses call for Commonwealth Games venues to pay a real Living Wage to beat child poverty

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International Women's Day 2018: Q&A with champion of Living Wage movement Bernie Harris

With more than 20 years' community organising experience in East London, Bernie Harris  (pictured on right in blue celebrating the recent West Ham Living Wage accreditation) was and still is instrumental in championing rights on issues that affect women and families.


To mark International Women's Day, Katy Davies from our communications team caught up with Bernie to ask her questions around why we need to celebrate women and how equal can women be in UK society?

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Parent power! Community Organising for better access to higher education

Check out the new video on Parent Power, our fantastic parental engagement programme run in partnership with King's College London Widening Participation department.

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Parent Power is a group of mums and dads from South London. They are learning about the education system and how to give their kids the best chance of going to university and have had training and information provided to them by King's College London and expert speakers.

They are also taking power into their own hands, organising their own campaigns and breaking down barriers to access elite universities.

Our involvement in the programme is about giving parents the power and tools that come with the Citizens UK method of community organising. The programme enables them to improve the chances of their own children accessing higher education as well as tackling wider educational inequality in their communities. So far they've won fully funded open days to universities and 90% bursaries in private summer schools. The parents are also running campaigns on other barriers to accessing university including the cost and quality of private tuition and the huge application fees for British Citizenship.  

After securing the funded open day to Cambridge University especially for their group, the parents parents were featured on Sky News, the BBC and in The Times newspaper,.

For more information contact James.Asfa@citizensuk.org

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School assembly 'house of horrors' takes aim at rogue landlords

School children from St Ignatius Primary School today held an assembly asking the Cabinet Member for Environment at Haringey Council - Cllr Peter Mitchell - to adopt Selective Landlord Licensing in the borough on Friday.

This is after the school, as part of Haringey Citizens, heard countless stories of children and parents struggling with terrible conditions in the private rented sector and of landlords refusing to carry out basic repairs such as fixing heating, electricity, broken appliances, and damp - whilst also refusing to deal with vermin.

20180302_102011.jpgChildren from St Ignatius Primary School with researchers from UCL, Generation Rent and Citizens UK


The school children were at the centre of the research project and decided to build a dolls house to illustrate the problems they had heard from the community.

One family have gone months without heating, with this week one of the coldest on record. Despite numerous attempts to complain to his landlord - his landlord has refused to fix the problem

London Citizens is backing their fight for tougher Landlord Licensing in the Borough to tackle rogue landlords who are causing misery to young families.



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Our February 2018 newsletter

This month's newsletter includes the latest on the arrangements for our accountability assembly at the Albert Hall on 10 May and updates on our current streams of work.

Read the Nottingham Citizens February 2018 newsletter now.

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James' Story


Last year, James Adekitan took part in the Pathways to Creative Industries programme which the Good Jobs Campaign run each year with three schools and colleges across London. James was a student at Sir George Monoux College. He was one of two who were offered a Living Wage paid internship at creative advertising agency, Wieden + Kennedy, for a duration of one month. Since, James has been accepted onto a Graphic Design course at Nottingham Trent University and we have the highest of hopes for his future success!




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10 May is accountability day

Preparations are under way for a spring assembly at which Nottingham Citizens will seek pledges of support from politicians and other decision-makers for a series of measures to ensure fairness and justice for some of the city's most vulnerable people.

The Nottingham Citizens annual accountability assembly will take place at the Albert Hall on Thursday 10 May from 6pm.

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Our January 2018 newsletter

Our first newsletter of 2018 looks forward to the Accountability Assembly at Nottingham's Albert Hall on 10 May and gives an update on the work of our hate crime, homelessness and modern slavery action teams.

Read the Nottingham Citizens January 2018 newsletter now.

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Our December 2017 newsletter

In this newsletter we report on the celebration evening at Radford Academy that recognised the past year's achievements by the Nottingham Citizens alliance and previewed our 2018 action plans.

Read the Nottingham Citizens December 2017 newsletter now. 

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Shuhana's Story

Shuhana Begum from Mulberry School for Girls has written about her participation in Pathways to Creative Industries, run by Citizen UK's Good Jobs Campaign.

The Good Jobs Campaign's Pathways to Creative Industries is a programme that was designed with the help of creative advertising agency, Wieden + Kennedy. The programme is particularly for students who are interested in creative marketing. All participants who graduate can apply for paid summer internships at Wieden + Kennedy.




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