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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)

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 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...


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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