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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

 Greenwich Citizens with Teresa Pearce MP

 

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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How will the new Mayor of London help Londoners with Housing problems?

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Aiana Jacob of London South Bank University Students’ Union reports on her experience of action at the London Citizens Mayoral Assembly. 

On 28th April, 6000 people have gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2016 London Mayoral Accountability Assembly. The front-running candidates for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith from the Conservative party and Sadiq Khan from the Labour party, were present to publicly respond to Citizens UK questions around Living Wage, Jobs, Employment Opportunities for young people and Housing matters.

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Croydon Council Commits to Community Land Trust

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In a meeting with Croydon Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman committed to building community land trust homes in the borough.

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Clive Efford Kidbrooke Housing Action

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Greenwich Citizens launched a housing campaign on Friday 12th February at Kidbrooke Station, calling for local housing developments to include homes using the London Living Rent model, and to be developed using the Good Development Standard, a new charter to develop better homes. The campaign was launched with students from Corelli College Co-Operative Academy and Greenwich Free School winning support from Clive Efford MP.

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Southwark Council agrees to £23,000 to make Peckham Park Safe

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On Saturday 6th February, Southwark Council announced £23,000 will be spent on Kelly Avenue Park as a result of a campaign by Peckham Citizens.

Over 40 children, parents, teachers and other local people turned up to the Peckham & Nunhead Community Council meeting hear the announcement, which marks the success end to a year long campaign in the area.

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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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