Nottingham

Nottingham Citizens is a non-partisan alliance of 36 civil society institutions comprised of trade unions, faith groups, charities, schools and universities, all working together to make Nottingham a better place to live.

We organise communities to act together for social justice and the common good, developing the leadership capacity of our members so they can hold our cities' decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.

At present, Nottingham Citizens is tackling hate crime, homelessness, sanctuary, modern slavery and air pollution.

If your institution is not yet in membership, we'd love to have a conversation with you. Involvement in a Citizens UK alliance is one of the best ways for you and your organisation to make a tangible difference in the city, whilst at the same time developing the leadership skills and capacity of your membership. To arrange a sit down with one of our organisers, contact: pete.rogers@citizensuk.org

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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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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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Misogyny as a Hate Crime: Women campaigners of today #Vote100

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100 years since the extension of the franchise to 8 million women, CitizensUK is featuring interviews all week with the women campaigners who are fighting social justice and women’s battles facing communities today.

Getting the vote was a was a radical change in progressing the power women hold. It was hard fought over decades of organising, protest and lobbying. Many things have improved since then, but there are still day-to-day injustices that form part of daily life for women leaders in 2018.

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Our November 2017 newsletter

In our latest newsletter you can find out what we've been doing to promote take-up of the Living Wage by more local employers, develop our fruitful relationships with Nottingham's MPs and other news, including the announcement of a new institution that's joined our alliance and become part of the Nottingham Citizens family.

Read the Nottingham Citizens November 2017 newsletter now.

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Building a city of sanctuary

A series of measures to help refugees and asylum seekers feel safe and supported in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been backed by key decision-makers in the city and county.

Representatives of the city and county councils and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire gave commitments to work with each other and Nottingham Citizens to enhance the welcome and re-settlement support received by people seeking sanctuary here.

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Independent Sanctuary Commission launch postponed

Over the past five months, Nottingham Citizens have been carrying out research into the experience of the refugee community in Nottingham. Over this time, our team of 40 leaders have held public hearings, read through written submissions from expert bodies in the field and surveyed 280 refugee and asylum seekers directly to hear their voices and learn from the tensions they have faced.

This research was to culminate in a report which was due to launch on 18 October setting out recommendations and the ground work for precedent-setting change in the sector. However, due to the sensitivity, complexity and capacity of the issues we have decided to postpone the launch of the until late November.

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Response to post-EU Referendum increase in hate crime

As a key part of civil society Nottingham Citizens has a proud record of working with diverse groups for the common good – in particular in tackling hate crime and creating a more equal and cohesive society.

Yet, since the outcome of the EU Referendum there has been national evidence of increased hostility towards members of the Black and Minority Ethnic community and to those seen as being migrants or refugees to our nation. Some of our own BME and diaspora membership have shared anecdotal evidence of racial hostility and hate crime that appear to be influenced by the outcome of the Referendum.

It is so important that we make a stand as Nottingham Citizens and communicate to our membership that in the midst of current political uncertainty we celebrate, value and stand with people in our membership from around the world as we challenge hate in all its forms. To anyone within our member communities or beyond who has been directly affected by this issue we stand with you in support and solidarity.

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Nottingham Citizens Launches Social Care Listening Campaign

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Last night Nottingham Citizens launched their social care listening campaign in Nottingham. There were over 80 enthusiastic members of the public in attendance, who all cared about care, representing 30 different organisations in the community, and working to acknowledge the main problems with social care in Nottingham that they wanted changed.

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