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Citizens Essex


Who are we?

We are Citizens Essex, a Citizens UK Chapter with local alliances developing in Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend.

Our Chapter is formed of 10 churches, mosques, universities and community groups.

Since our founding in 2019, we have:

  • Won a campaign to create the first inclusive women-only swimming pool in Colchester.
  • Secured vital funding for youth work in Essex.
  • Listened to 1,000 people to identify a common agenda to hold the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to account.

What are we fighting for?

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

  • Mental health support.
  • Funding for youth services.
  • Accountability for police on issues in the community.
  • Welcoming refugees.
  • Safer neighbourhoods for local people.

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


  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Colchester Citadel Salvation Army
  • Colchester Methodist Circuit
  • Colchester Mosque
  • Diocese of Chelmsford
  • Essex YMCA
  • Colchester Foodbank
  • Southend Community Sponsorship
  • University of Essex

Want to join our Chapter?

We’re always looking for new members! Get in touch with one of our local Community Organisers using the form below.

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

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