‘To mark Citizens UK’s 30th Anniversary Year Citizens UK’s Council of Members invite you to our Third Summit for Civil Society.
This will be hosted in the Great Hall of Kings College, which can be accessed via the main entrance on the Strand in central London from 11.00 to 20.00 on Friday, June 29th 2018.
It is primarily intended for the membership of Citizens UK – and this includes our Trustees, Full Council, members of the Citizens Leadership Groups who oversee our 11 Chapters across England and Wales.
The Council is also inviting delegates from the ten ‘Growth Areas’ that are presently building new Citizens Alliances.
This will be the third such Citizens Summit for Civil Society. The first was in 2013 when funders and a much smaller group of members gathered at Queen Mary London University to discuss the distinct challenges and concerns of Civil Society and were addressed by leaders of our main religions and denominations, as well as Frances Grady, from the TUC. Our second Summit was in June, 2014 as the Council was preparing our Citizens Manifesto for Civil Society in anticipation of the General Election of May 2015. This Citizens Manifesto was put to the main Party Leaders at a UK wide Assembly of 2,500 citizens in late April 2015 attended by Sajid Javed MP (Conservative); Ed Miliband MP (Labour) and Nick Clegg (Lib Dem).
The Council has decided to mark our 30th Anniversary Year on June 29th with a large and diverse gathering of our core membership, with four primary aims;
- For our changing and dynamic leadership and Trustees to meet and relate to each other.
- For those involved in building new Citizens Alliances to both observe and participate with their citizens' peers.
- To debate the draft Manifesto the Council is preparing in anticipation of a General Election either in 2020 or if an Election is called before.
- To meet with key members of the Government (in Assembly) and discuss at least two of the issues which members share an interest in – The governance of the UK and making the UK a more welcoming country.
The Summit on June 29th will start with coffee/tea from 10.30 and our Co-Chairs will call the Summit to order at 11.00 promptly. The first session before lunch will primarily be a Rounds for all to introduce themselves and the part they play in this growing Organisation, plus an opportunity for new members to ask questions of each other and the different parts of the Organisation that are represented. After lunch the second session will focus more on the distinct roles and responsibilities of the various groups represented and Council will share details of the emerging new Manifesto for 2020(?).
The mood and ambition of the Summit will adjust from 16.00 to 17.30 when we will honour the role played by the thousands of women and men who came before us and acted together on and about the franchise to ensure that by 1928 the UK Parliament was persuaded to pass the Equal Franchise Act (which gave men and women the right to vote on an equal basis – for the first time in UK history. Citizens UK is working with the UK Parliament to celebrate this event 90 years ago by converting the Great Hall into a Tea Shop as part of our contribution to Parliaments ‘EqualiTeas’ party.
The CUK Council is delighted to welcome Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House and Lord President of the Council from 16.30 to 17.30 to share some of our proposals for tackling the present obstacles to participation in public life and to hear her response. Our aim, as ever will be to seek a working relationship with her and her team.
Council’s plans for the second part of this Assembly (from 18.30) are still being shaped but will celebrate resettlement to-date, focus on both what we are doing to help make the UK a more welcoming country, will but also engage with a senior member of the Home Office, possibly the new Home Secretary on their plans and how we might help.
This will all end by 19.30 with an Evaluation and Buffet Supper together. Delegates can depart after 20.00.
We hope you feel that your time will be very well spent and have tried to craft the day accordingly with many opportunities to meet others and experience what we call ‘the art of politics’.
We are really looking forward to seeing you on June 29th.
Co-Chairs of CUK Council - Sarah Holtam, (West London Citizens) and Rev Tim Norwood (Milton Keynes Citizens).
In association with:
Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees; Neil Jameson, Executive Director and Matthew Bolton Executive Director Designate.
Please RSVP by 25th May at the latest.
Any queries, please contact Charlotte: firstname.lastname@example.org
King's College London on the Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
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