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Orpington Station in Christmas Safety Drive

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As the season of goodwill approaches, Orpington Station, one of South London’s busiest train stations is reaching out to the community through an innovative safety scheme.

At 2.30pm on Friday 11th December, Orpington station was opened by the CEO of Southeastern David Statham and and the Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting as a CitySafe railway station.

The station, operated by Southeastern, have joined the CitySafe campaign - a community initiative, which sees shops and public buildings offer their premises as places of refuge for young people in danger. The station will display new purple signage to highlight to commuters and young people that it is a CitySafe Haven.  

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244 South London Citizens delegates launch London Housing Campaign for London Mayoral Elections

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On Wednesday 18th November, over 240 civil society leaders from across South London Citizens gathered to launch a Housing campaign, calling on the next Mayor of London to support and implement a London Living Rent, Rogue Landlord Taskforce and Good Homes Charter. These solutions were identified after a listening campaign reaching thousands of Londoners through member institutions. 

The chapter agreed to bring 2240 people to the Mayoral Accountability Assembly on Thursday 28th April 2016 at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to ask the next Mayor of London for commitments on this asks. There was also commitment to translate this vision through local actions including community walks, and meetings with local decision-makers regarding specific development sites.

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Artwork calls for Tate Modern to pay the Living Wage

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Priests, Rabbis, and community leaders from South London Citizens presented an artwork to the Tate Modern on Saturday calling on Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota, to pay the Living Wage.

 

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Lewisham Citizens sell Community Land Trust Shares

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Lewisham Citizens celebrate selling 500 community land trust shares.  Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said 'I would love to buy a share myself but I think there would be too many conflicts of interest'. The Mayor agreed to continue to use all of his powers to push through a Lewisham Citizens Community Land Trust project and ensure that the group receive a letter of intent regarding a piece of land in Lewisham just before or just after Christmas. St William of York RC church sold over 250 shares.  

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Citizens UK welcomes removal of payday lender’s inappropriate marketing slogan

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Community leaders from Citizens UK welcomed the removal of payday lender Speedy Cash’s advertising slogan ‘you are not aloan, we are here if you need us’ from stores this weekend.

The move comes weeks after leaders from Citizens UK, working with lawyer Jacob Turner, filed a complaint to Camden Council about the slogan on the grounds that it could mislead vulnerable people into thinking that Speedy Cash was a form of support service rather than a payday lender.

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Peckham Citizens Take Back Their Local Park

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On Friday 11th September, over 120 children, parents, teachers and other local people from across Peckham worked together to clean up and to take back their local neighbourhood park, known as Kelly Avenue Park.

At the event, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure committed to work with Peckham Citizens to make the park clean and safe and to meet the organisation again in the coming weeks to put a plan in place.

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Retail Giants Join the Council in Backing Croydon Citizens Scheme to Help Young people Find Work

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This article first appeared in the Croydon Advertiser

A JOBS brokerage which the council hopes to set up to help young people benefit from regeneration has been backed by Westfield and Hammerson.

The retail giants behind the £1.5 billion redevelopment of The Whitgift Centre have thrown their support behind First Step Croydon, a campaign to ensure young people have access to high-quality work experience and leave education ready for their first job.

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Lambeth Community Comes Together to Promote Credit Union

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On Monday 6th July 40 community leaders came together for a mass hand-in of membership forms to the London Mutual Credit Union branch on Acre Lane in Brixton. Working with Lambeth Citizens, local branch of community organising charity Citizens UK, and the Church Credit Champions Network (CTC), leaders from local faith and community groups handed in over 150 membership forms to the credit union. 

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Pupil Power bolsters mental health services for Greenwich teenagers

The country’s first Young People’s Mental Health Charter shaped by school pupils was launched on Tuesday 30th June, by students at Corelli College Co-operative Academy in Blackheath.

The Young People's Mental Health Charter, which aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Greenwich, is a joint initiative between Greenwich students, local GPs and the community organising alliance Citizens UK, with support from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England.

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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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