Who are we?
We are Citizens Essex, a Citizens UK Chapter. Our Chapter is formed of fourteen local institutions, including churches, mosques, universities and community groups; with a local alliance in Colchester and others developing in Chelmsford and Southend.
Together, we organise to overcome injustice and win change on the things that you and your local communities care about most.
Since our founding in 2019, we have:
- Won a campaign to create the first inclusive women-only swimming session in Colchester.
- Won improved signposting on mental health provision for young people in Colchester
- Won improved lighting and safety at Greenstead roundabout
- Provided devices for service-users of Colchester FoodBank and YMCA Essex to assist with digital inclusio
- Supported Southend Borough Council to become an accredited real Living Wage employer
- Secured a commitment from Essex PFCC to make streets safer around Anglia Ruskin University campus, whilst also committing to make it easier to report misogyny as a hate crime in Essex
- Won an Excellence in Teaching award for the 'Democracy in Action' module we teach at Essex University.
- And much more!
What are we fighting for?
The priority issues voted on by members in our community include:
- Mental health support
- Funding for youth services
- Welcoming refugees
- Neighbourhood safety
- Police accountability
- A real Living Wage for care workers
- Accessible housing for the homeless
We’re bringing together everyday people and local organisations to build a better, fairer society
- The Diocese of Chelmsford
- University of Essex
- Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
- Essex YMCA
- The Salvation Army in Essex
- Colchester Methodist Circuit
- Colchester Foodbank
- Southend Community Sponsorship
- CAST, Southend
- Divine Assembly Ministries, Colchester
- Bridgeway Mission
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, Juliet Kilpin (email@example.com) and Grace Claydon (firstname.lastname@example.org), and fill out our form below to hear updates from our Chapter.