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250 community leaders from South London Citizens celebrate successes and plan for the future

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250 civic and community leaders from South London Citizens, celebrated campaign progress on affordable housing and Refugees Welcome since the London Mayoral Assembly at William Booth College, Southwark.

The evening began with Clive Adams, Territorial Commander for the Salvation Army, handing over door keys to Cllr. Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, for homes which will house 4 Syrian refugee families. 

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Greenwich Citizens celebrate London Living Wage

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Greenwich Citizens held a Living Wage tea party hosted by METRO Charity this Friday, following the Sadiq Khan’s announcement of the new London Living Wage rate of £9.75 an hour earlier in the week. The number of Living Wage employers in the borough has risen to around 100, after a Royal Borough of Greenwich scheme last year offering business rate discounts for employers signing up to the London Living Wage.

The London Living Wage is a voluntary level of minimum pay, independently-calculated with the cost of living in the capital. 20 Greenwich charities and social enterprises have accredited as Living Wage employers, including METRO and Mycenae House.

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Brixton primary school stands up for Refugee children

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On Friday 21st October, the entire school of St John’s Angell Town Primary School gathered with Local MP Helen Hayes in Windrush Square, Brixton to mark black history month and show solidarity with child refugees.

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Multi Faith Assembly Calling for Promotion of Integration

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On Saturday 1st October, leaders from London Citizens attended the Faith & Community Assembly organised by the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, which focussed specifically on making London Open and No Place for Hate.

The Mayor of London – Sadiq Khan, Bishop Christopher Chessun and the representatives of the major faiths, along with Citizens UK and several young people from South London Citizens member churches, schools and colleges signed a Declaration which starts with ‘we pledge our determination as Londoners to ensure that this great city shall continue to be a place of welcome, generosity and equality, with respect to all.

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Greenwich Citizens call for Community Land Trusts

Greenwich Citizens commits to signing up supporters calling for Community Land Trust (CLT) homes to be a key aspect of plans, after calling for 50% affordable housing on TfL land in February. The latest announced TfL site near Kidbrooke station will see 400 new homes built. 

CLTs are an innovative form of permanently affordable housing, linking house prices with average local incomes. The group is inviting Greenwich borough residents to join London Community Land Trust - a community-led affordable housing provider - for £1, to demonstrate local support for the scheme. 

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Lambeth Welcomes Refugee Families

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Four Syrian refugee families were formally welcomed to Lambeth last night at a celebration in St Gabriel’s College in Myatt’s Fields.

Representatives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular groups joined Lambeth mayor Saleha Jaffer, deputy council leader Paul McGlone and Donatus Anyanwu, the council’s lead member for community relations, at the welcome party.

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Kelly Avenue Park: A Revival

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As a community, Peckham is bound together by a strong multi-cultural and diverse population and its dedication to the way its citizens live together as a community. This was evident in an unprecedented and fun event that happened on the 9th of July; a free-for-all luncheon including various child oriented activities at the Central Venture Playground (known locally as Kelly Avenue Park). The event was organised by the recently founded Peckham Citizens, an alliance of local churches, schools and charities that have worked together as part of a yearlong campaign to make the park clean and safe.

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Greenwich Citizens win NHS Mental Health training for school pupils

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Youngsters at two Greenwich schools will be trained as Resilience Peer Mentors, able to offer initial support and signposting to classmates going through mental health issues.

The campaign was put together by young people from Greenwich Citizens, part of Community Organising alliance Citizens UK, after talks with Dr Lesley French, Clinical Director, at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

The partnership was announced at an event held at St Paul's Academy on Wednesday (13 July).

Oxleas will train 10 school pupils in Corelli College Co-Operative Academy, Blackheath and St. Paul's Academy, Abbey Wood as Resilience Peer Mentors.

Other schools, colleges and youth groups from Citizens UK are now looking to build on the work of these students. This includes Greenwich Free School - who presented results from a co-designed a research project with Oxleas, looking at Mental Health issues in Greenwich schools. 

Pupils who campaigned for mental health training at their school will soon begin a one-year pilot

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Refugee Welcome Schools

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14 and 15 year olds at Saint Gabriel’s College, a Church of England secondary school in South London, have set up a network of Refugees Welcome Schools and are hosting this week the first summit of schools who want to do more for this vulnerable group.

Here, some students share their motivations and what they hope to achieve.

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Students present vision for Thamesmead and Abbey Wood

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As part of Greenwich Citizens, students from St. Paul's Academy, Abbey Wood took their classroom into the community to create a vision of Thamesmead and Abbey Wood with affordable and sustainable housing for families, employment opportunities for young people, and public spaces for the community, and presenting these to Teresa Pearce MP.

Gordon Davis, Head of Geography at St. Paul's Academy, said:

"To promote sustainable change we must engage and empower our students in issues of this significance. It is paramount to facilitate more of these experiences for our students – who are active members of the London community – to become the citizens that are the catalysts of change. Working with Citizens UK this year has been the medium in which we can facilitate these experiences to engage and empower our students. It has been a success for Geography and will continue to be a feature in next years study." 

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