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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)
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 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.


NEWS, STORIES AND UPDATES


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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