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Tyne & Wear

Tyne & Wear Citizens Accountability Assembly. March 2022. Image credit: Simone Rudolphi Photography

Tyne and Wear Citizens

Who are we?

We are Tyne & Wear Citizens, a Citizens UK Chapter.

Thirty one members form our alliance from churches, mosques, schools, charities, trade union branches and a university. Together, we organise to tackle injustices in our local communities.

What are we fighting for?

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

  • Tackling poverty through our campaigning.
  • Racial Justice in Education
  • Green, Fair, Healthy communities
Reclaim the Metro. October 2018. Image Credit: Simone Rudolphi Photography

Founding Partners

  • Newcastle Quakers
  • Newcastle University - Institute for Social Renewal & HASS Humanities and Social Sciences Department
  • CofE Diocese of Newcastle
  • RC Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
  • CofE Diocese of Durham

Strategic Partners

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle
  • Newcastle University

Sara Bryson (Senior Community Organiser)
sara.bryson@citizensuk.org


Claire Rodgerson (Community Organiser)
claire.rodgerson@citizensuk.org


Wendy McConnell (Parent Organiser, PACT North Tyneside)
wendy.mcconnell@citizensuk.org


Austin Oshegbu (Together We Can Associate Community Organiser for the North East)

Austin.Oshegbu@citizensuk.org

Since our founding in 2015, we have:

More than quadrupled the number of real Living Wage accredited employers in the North East – including Newcastle University, the University of Sunderland, North of Tyne Combined Authority and Sunderland City Council.

Ran a national campaignJust Change – so that young people on Free School Meals get the same treatment as their peers.

Ran a rapid response national campaign - so that young people on Free School Meals got access to food during school 'closures' in 2020.

Held a Citizens Mental Health Commission - hearing over 300 testimonies leading to systemic changes for improved mental health and well-being in the region and the establishment of the national School-Based Counselling Campaign.

Reclaimed the Metro and won a Hate Crime Charter for public transport.

and more! Get in touch to find out...

NEWS, STORIES AND UPDATES

Simone J Rudolphi Photography

Want to join our Chapter?

We’re always looking for new members! Get in touch with your local Community Organiser.

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