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Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove Citizens

Who are we?

We are Brighton & Hove Citizens, a Citizens UK Chapter. Hundreds of people have united to form our alliance from universities, charities, schools and colleges, churches, and synagogues.

Together, we organise to overcome injustice and win change on the things that you and your local communities care about most across the city.

Since our founding in 2018, we have:

  • Been building an alliance that is now the largest group of civil society institutions across the city.
  • Been training hundreds of local leaders; sharing tools, techniques and hard-won experience.
  • Won our campaign to reinstate an accessible toilet in Hove.
  • Won £200,000 of investment from Brighton and Hove City Council to support hundreds of young people with counselling across the city.
  • Got Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust to develop a 'single point of access' to make referrals to key services easier and more effective.
  • Got Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust to develop 'virtual waiting rooms' to support families waiting for key medical appointments.
  • Successfully campaigned and won a real Living Wage for local care/nursing home staff across the city.
  • Successfully campaigned to ensure that Brighton and Hove City Council include real Living Wage criteria in their commissioning processes thus lifting the wages of thousands of workers across the city.
  • Successfully campaigned to ensure that more Schools and Colleges have access to Unizone discounts, thus saving hundreds of thousands of pounds on transport costs for young people across the city.
  • And much more!

What are we fighting for?

The priority issues voted on by members in our community include:

  • Mental health support.
  • Real Living Wage for care workers
  • Safe Spaces for young people across the city
  • Affordable transport
  • Affordable housing


  • Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue
  • Brighton Quakers
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School and College
  • Community Base
  • Hove Park School
  • One Church
  • Salvation Army Brighton
  • St Cuthman's Church
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Parish
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish
  • St John the Evangelist
  • St Luke's Church
  • Sussex University
  • Sussex University - Students' Union
  • Unison
  • Varndean College
  • Varndean School

Strategic Partners

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
  • Sussex University
The front cover of the Brighton & Hove Citizens 2023 Manifesto booklet. On the front, two young leaders are on-stage, speaking to an audience

We are the largest civil society alliance across Brighton and Hove, representing over 50,000 people. Read our journey to forming this manifesto, and the priority issues we will be tackling together over the coming years.

Want to join our Chapter?

We know everyday people have the ability to shape the world around them and we're always looking for new members to join us!

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Citizens UK member.

Get in touch with our local Community Organisers, Sebastien Chapleau ( and Paris Palmano (, and fill out our form below to hear updates from our Chapter.

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