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Tyne & Wear

^ March 2020 Tyne & Wear Citizens Accountability Assembly. Image credits: Simone J Rudolphi Photography

Tyne and Wear Citizens

Who are we?

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

Twenty six members form our alliance from churches, mosques, schools, charities 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.
  • Mental health support.
  • A safer city for our communities.
Tyne & Wear Citizens leader smiling at March 2022 Accountability assembly.
Simone J 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)

Claire Rodgerson (Community Organiser)

Wendy McConnell (Parent Organiser, PACT North Tyneside)

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

Since our founding in 2015, we have:

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

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

Held a Citizens Mental Health Commission - hearing over 300 testimonies leading to systemic changes for improved mental health and well-being in the region.

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


Simone J Rudolphi Photography

Want to join our Chapter?

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

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