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TELCO (The East London Citizens Organisation) is the founding Chapter of Citizens UK. We are a powerful alliance of over 80 civil society institutions comprised of trade unions, faith groups, charities, schools and universities, all working together to make East London a better place to live.

We organise communities to act together for social justice and the common good, developing the leadership capacity of our members so they can hold our cities' decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them. TELCO has a proud 20-year history. We pioneered the Living Wage campaign; Community Land Trust Housing; Ethical Olympics; and Good Jobs for young people. In addition to these successful campaigns, we are currently working on new campaigns on hate crime; mental health; and energy poverty. If your institution is not yet in membership, we'd love to have a conversation with you. Involvement in a Citizens UK alliance is one of the best ways for you and your organisation to make a tangible difference in your borough and London wide, whilst developing the leadership skills and capacity of your membership.

To arrange a sit down with one of our organisers, contact: emmanuel.gotora@citizensuk.org

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Redbridge Citizens leads CLT action on Council

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Thursday 19th November saw 83 leaders from 3 organisations leading an action on Redbridge Council. Having waited for 40, John Clifton of the Salvation Army was able to ask the Leader of the Council Jas Athwal whether he would support the Fairness Commission Recommendation to build 2 Community Land Trusts (CLT) in the Borough. This was followed by all the leaders standing with their #2CLT posters and TELCO banners.

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Redbridge Citizens: ‘Recognised as the Champions of Living Wage and CLTs at Fairness Commission’

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No meaningful change comes without hard work and perseverance. But careful, consistent community organising builds the power we need for social justice. After 18 months of meetings, strategising, actions and negotiations, Redbridge Citizens’ agenda of the Living Wage and Affordable Housing was well recognised at the Redbridge Fairness Commission on 18 August 2015.

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David and Goliath: Newham School Children Voice Concerns Over Boleyn Development

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The end of the school year is always a hectic time, especially for primary schools. In Forest Gate, east London, the excitement is reaching fever pitch as a group of 10 and 11 year-olds at Antony’s Primary School put their final touches to letters addressed to Newham Council’s Planning Officer. They are preparing for a housing march to the West Ham football ground on Tuesday 14th July. They are chatty and playful as they as they summarise their thoughts on paper, but don't let their age or size fool you. These pint-sized citizens can pack a punch when it comes to expressing their opinions.

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TELCO award Living Wage Champion status to University of East London

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisation presented UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, with a plaque acknowledging the university’s work in promoting the London Living Wage.  A large banner was unveiled calling on other organisations in the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone to do the same. The event which was organised by students on the university’s London Scholars programme, launched the first phase of a campaign for the Royal Docks to become one of the first a Living Wage Zones in the country. 

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Mind the pay gap! Newham Citizens call on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage

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On Wednesday 24 June members of The East London Community Organisers (TELCO), part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, called on London City Airport to pay cleaners the London Living Wage. TELCO members will join University of East London students on the London Scholars civic engagement programme to persuade airport management to ensure that cleaners who are employed externally are paid the Living Wage, currently £9.15 per hour for London.

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Atkins wins London Citizens Business of the Year Award

Atkins has been named ‘Business of the Year’ by community group London Citizens for its ongoing London 2012 legacy work. The award recognises the success of an Atkins internship programme which is providing employment opportunities for youngsters from the East London boroughs which hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, twenty interns have gained invaluable work experience at Atkins, with six going on to secure full-time employment with the company.

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Rabbis, Bishops and Imams unite to call for Redbridge Council to offer sanctuary to 50 UN refugees

On Wednesday 8th October, at the start of the Jewish Festival of Succot at Bet Tikvah Synagogue in Ilford, senior faith leaders Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism, Imam Mohamed Fahim (South Woodford Mosque), Father Brian McGrath (Saint Thomas of Canterbury), Rabbi David Hulbert (Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Ilford) and Iris Radulin, a refugee leader from Albanian community organization  Shpresa (‘Hope’ in English), joined members of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, to call upon the Leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal,  to resettle a small number of vulnerable refugees living in UN camps near war-zones such as Syria and Iraq. Currently the UK has resettled fewer than 20 refugee families from Syria since the start of the crisis.

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St Clement's Takes Top Prize at Housing Awards

The East London Community Land Trust’s innovative housing development at St Clement’s, Mile End, has won two prestigious industry awards. The development at the St Clement’s Hospital site is home to London’s, and the UK’s first urban, community land trust scheme. On Thursday 11 September the project won the overall award for ‘Provider of the Year’ as well as the ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award at the National Housing Awards.

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Rebdridge Citizens thank leader and deputy leader of the council and chair of the Ilford BID for banning high strength, low cost alcohol in Ilford town centre

On Wednesday 10th September, Redbridge Citizens, a local branch of national community organising charity, CitizensUK, met the Leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal, Deputy Leader, Wes Streeting and Chair of the Ilford BID, Rai Holdstock, to publicly thank them for working to ban the sale of low cost, high strength alcohol in Ilford town centre.

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Engineering a lasting legacy in East London

Today the Social Mobility Commission reports that the UK is "deeply elitist" and calls for a national effort to "break open" Britain's elite, asking the government to tackle the culture of unpaid internships that disadvantage those too poor to work for nothing. Citizens UK believes that offering work placements to all is just one way to tackle inequality of opportunity.

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