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How this podcast is helping the Somali community talk about mental health

Uni students Hakima, Hamdah and Laila who created the Somali Mindfulness Podcast smiling at the camera.

From left to right: Hakima, Hamdah and Laila who created the Somali Mindfulness Podcast to help their local community open up about their mental health.

For many of us, opening up about mental health struggles is a tough, but necessary, conversation.

And Cymru Citizens UK leaders Hakima, Hamdah and Laila are helping their local Somali community do just that. They are the creators and hosts of the Somali Mindfulness Podcast, a safe space where they discuss a range of issues relating to mental health. 

We spoke to Hakima about the inspirations to create the podcast, how older generations are dealing with their own trauma, and her number one tip for anyone struggling with their mental health right now.  

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People powered solutions to the climate crisis


By Lucy Stone, Aaron Befekadu, Advocacy Academy, Rev Vanessa Conant, St Mary's Church Walthamstow, and Luke Murphy, Institute for Public Policy Research 

Addressing the climate crisis has forced us to rethink the ways we live and how our neighbourhoods are designed. It’s not only highlighted baked-in inequalities, but has also brought neighbours together in mutual aid. Transitioning out of coronavirus and to a climate safe world gives us a chance to really address the inequality in accessing green spaces, public transport, cycle lanes, healthy homes and food.

After the sunniest recorded spring in UK history, and warnings of water shortages, we are reminded that climate change hasn’t gone away during the pandemic. 

Citizens UK and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) believe there is a chance to ‘Just Transition city’ in London, to show how we can address the climate crisis in a way that improves people’s lives and provides opportunities. 

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Brent Citizens schools prioritise development of young leaders during covid-19 pandemic

Despite the challenges presented by lockdown, students from Ark Academy (Wembley) and Newman Catholic College (Harlesden) have enthusiastically participated in Community Organising and Community Leadership training programmes over the past few months in order to develop their skills and be equipped with practical tools to take collective action on the issues affecting them, their families and local communities.

At a time of hardship and uncertainty, they have shown resilience and a remarkable commitment to social justice and the common good!

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New research shows women are three times more likely than men to experience both threats and acts of sexual violence and assault

Today we launch a powerful piece of research Overcoming everyday hate in the UK.  Involving hundreds of Citizens UK members in hearings across England and Wales this independent study details the shocking extent of hate crime. With a specific focus on acts of hate directed towards women it gathers experiences of the many different groups of people in our communities affected.

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Harrow Citizens engage with Harrow GPs Forum on mental health

Leaders from Harrow Citizens member organisations Kol Chai Reform Jewish Community (Hatch End) and Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) delivered a presentation at the Harrow GPs Forum coordinated by the Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to address some of the priority concerns of our membership in relation to mental health.

We are pleased to have built a closer relationship with local GPs and look forward to collaborating with them.

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Brent Citizens puts real Living Wage and affordable homes at heart of Brent Poverty Commission

Brent Citizens were delighted to be involved in the six-month review of the causes and consequences of poverty in Brent as part of the independent Brent Poverty Commission. Through our local Citizens Organiser, Brent Citizens members were able to share their first-hand experiences and articulate our priorities as a broad-based alliance.

The Commission produced a report in August 2020 with over 40 concrete recommendations, which Brent Council has committed to implementing to the best of its abilities. 


Five years on from Alan Kurdi - an overview of Community Sponsorship

On 2 September 2015, the image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying lifeless and alone on a Turkish beach seized frontpages globally. While his death unveiled nothing new about the ongoing human disaster, the image became a watershed moment where a hitherto abstract war entered British living rooms, and made the Syrian refugee crisis everyone’s business. 

Five years on, the anniversary of Alan’s death marks both a tragedy that still haunts public conscience, and an ambivalent sense of achievement that this managed to open borders to 20,000 Syrian refugees in desperate need.

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Newham Citizens and E16 CLT to work together to build Newham’s first Community Land Trust homes

Newham Citizens and E16 CLT have agreed to work together to develop plans for Newham’s first Community Land Trust (CLT). 

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London’s Olympic Housing Legacy – Time for a new deal on the Olympic Park

To mark the eighth anniversary of London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) launched a film that highlights the broken promises around the London’s Olympic housing legacy where we called on policymakers to honour the pledges they made and work with us for a New Deal on the Olympic Park.


Download our exam results guide for young people in Wales

As young people in Wales, we know how hard exam stress can get.

And as a result of the pandemic, it's been a more stressful time for students than ever before.

We've heard our friends and other young people in our community speak about their fears, including fears around predicted grades for students from disadvantaged areas and BAME students.

With nearly 40% of grades being lower than expected upon initial release, and even now with government changing their approach and teachers given grades reinstated, many young people are confused and concerned about what this means for their education or careers.

That's why we have created a resource pack for young people who are stressed about their exam results or uncertain about their future.

This guide is packed with information on different groups and organisations out there to help any young people who need support in Wales.

Download our exam results handbook now


From how to appeal exam results, to mentoring and apprenticeship guidance - this guide is filled with resources to help young people take the next step and be supported. 

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