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Leeds Citizens is an alliance of faith, education and community organisations, working together for the common good of Leeds. We exist to build the power of ordinary people, so they can take action for social justice, win change and build relationships across diverse communities. We use Community Organising to help people of all ages run exciting campaigns that get decision makers to listen and act on the issue that matter to them.



Since our launch in 2015, we have run listening campaigns to identify the major challenges faced by people in Leeds and equipped hundreds of ordinary people with the skills to take positive social action. Bringing together people from a variety of ages, faiths and backgrounds we have had several campaign successes, including:
  • Pay rises for the lowest paid staff at Leeds City Council and other employers
  • Developing culturally sensitive dementia services for BME elderly people
  • Reduced bus fares for 16-18 year olds
  • New mental health liaison practitioners in GP surgeries
  • Over half a million pounds of housing estate repairs and improved rubbish collections
  • Local road safety improvements

If you have a passion for social justice and are keen to work alongside other communities, please get in touch to find out how your community can join Leeds Citizens. You can also sign up for regular updates from Leeds Citizens here.

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Leeds Citizens take action for Living Wage in social care

Leeds Citizens are holding a day of action to show love for care workers during COVID-19 crisis and call on the government to guarantee the real Living Wage.

At 3pm on Thursday 2nd July, 50 faith and community representatives from across Leeds will gather for a visual display to show support for social care workers at Sunnyview House in Beeston. Following social distancing, we will assemble around the building forming an ‘embrace’ representing our love for social care workers.

The Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Kirkstall (Area Bishop for the City of Leeds) and The Revd Lindsey Pearson, Vicar of Beeston, will perform a blessing for the care home. Faith and community representatives will present gifts for care workers from the communities of Leeds. A message from Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and a poem by a recipient of social care will also be read.

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Leeds Leaders' COVID-19 Reflections

Dr Ann Marie Mealey, Senior Teaching Fellow and ethicist at Leeds Trinity University, shares her reflections on the implications of COVID-19 for faith-based universities trying to maintain relationships and remain active in their local community.

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South Bank for South Leeds Launch

Leeds is set to undergo its biggest regeneration in more than a hundred years, as the South Bank of the River Aire is redeveloped. The regeneration will bring 35,000 jobs, over 8,000 homes, a new park, HS2 terminus and much more.

Leeds Citizens has launched a new campaign - South Bank for South Leeds - to ensure this regeneration has a tangible, positive impact across South Leeds communities.

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Darren Worsnop of Leeds Trinity University explains their Living Wage journey

Following his interview with Calum Carson, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University has spoken to the University's head of HR Systems and Projects Darren Worsnop to discuss their journey to gaining Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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“It’s common sense for business’ and workers” – PhD researcher Calum Carson on his work with Leeds Citizens and the Living Wage

In the second of our series on the Living Wage, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University speaks to Calum Carson, who is completing his PhD on the subject at the University of Leeds. 

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The Living Wage: A Background

In the first of a series of interviews with people involved in the Living Wage campaign, a priority issue for Leeds Citizens, Ashley Colbourn of Leeds Trinity University takes a look at the background to the campaign. 

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Leeds Citizens meet senior NHS commissioner for mental health

Amrita Johal of Leeds Trinity University blogs on her experience of action with Leeds Citizens to improve mental health in Leeds:

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Leeds Citizens take centre stage to strike deals with decision makers

Hundreds of Leeds residents met at the famous City Varieties Music Hall and won commitments from local decision makers on mental health, low pay and youth opportunities.

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Leeds Citizens launch new cycle of action

Leeds Citizens Delegates Assembly

On Tuesday 28th February, Leeds Citizens held a Delegates Assembly at Oxford Place Centre to launch a new phase of action to tackle some of the city's big injustices. Over 75 people turned out from a range of faith, education and community organisations to share to stories from listening campaigns and commit to action on Mental Health, Living Wage and Opportunities for Young People.

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Leeds Churches Back Living Wage Campaign

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On Tuesday 1st November, Leeds Church Institute hosted a Living Wage celebration lunch and conversation.

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