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Community Groups and Healthcare Professionals Launch Southwark-Based Community Organising Project to Give Every Child The Best Start in Life

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Wednesday 30th September saw the launch of “Strengthening Babies’ Futures”, a pioneering community organising project bringing together parents, community groups, maternity services and academics to improve support for parents in Southwark, in order to reduce health inequalities and give children the best start in life.

 “Strengthening Babies’ Futures” is being led by Southwark Citizens, part of the national community organising charity Citizens UK, in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’, Kings College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and Kings College London, the four organisations that make up King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

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Barnet Council Agrees to Resettle 50 Syrian Refugees After Barnet Citizens Organise Landlords, Employers, Schools and GPs On St Vincent De Paul’s Feast Day

“Rabbi, the answer is yes”

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Barnet Citizens, part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, organised a ‘Sanctuary Succot in Barnet’ on 27th September – St Vincent de Paul’s feast day – as part of its campaign to persuade Barnet Council to welcome 50 Syrian refugees into the community – resulting in the Leader of the Council, Richard Cornelius responding “Rabbi, the answer is yes” to Barnet signing up to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

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Foul play in the Premier League? Campaigning for the Living Wage

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The University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences joined Citizens UK Birmingham as a principal partner last year. Yvonne Sawbridge is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, and also an Aston Villa fan. She has become centrally involved in the campaign to persuade Aston Villa to become the first Living Wage football club in the Midlands. This is an article she wrote for the School of Social Policy blog.

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Citizens UK welcomes removal of payday lender’s inappropriate marketing slogan

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Community leaders from Citizens UK welcomed the removal of payday lender Speedy Cash’s advertising slogan ‘you are not aloan, we are here if you need us’ from stores this weekend.

The move comes weeks after leaders from Citizens UK, working with lawyer Jacob Turner, filed a complaint to Camden Council about the slogan on the grounds that it could mislead vulnerable people into thinking that Speedy Cash was a form of support service rather than a payday lender.

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Peckham Citizens Take Back Their Local Park

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On Friday 11th September, over 120 children, parents, teachers and other local people from across Peckham worked together to clean up and to take back their local neighbourhood park, known as Kelly Avenue Park.

At the event, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure committed to work with Peckham Citizens to make the park clean and safe and to meet the organisation again in the coming weeks to put a plan in place.

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Aims of the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life

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Launched on the 10th of September 2015, the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life brings together 20 Commissioners to investigate the extent to which Britain has incorporated its Muslim citizens. The duties and obligations placed upon all citizens, private and public institutions and the instruments of the state must be based on these fundamental principles of a democratic society; equal participation and self-determination.

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Citizens UK proposes creation of National Welcome and Resettlement Board

Alongside other charities and voluntary groups across the United Kingdom Citizens UK has been completely inundated with offers of assistance from the general public since the latest phase of the Syrian refugee crisis broke last week.

The generosity and desire to contribute has been overwhelming. We have had thousands of offers of spare rooms, hundreds of landlords sign up to make their properties available, surges in donations, and 620 local campaigns to build #RefugeesWelcome groups to engage councils and landlords, and to welcome those resettled, have been supported by over 90,000 people.

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TEMPLATE COUNCIL MOTION ON RESETTLING REFUGEES

Motion to welcome, support and accommodate our fair share of refugees both locally and nationally

This Council notes that:

Conflicts in the Middle East have created the largest refugee crisis in generations.

Thousands of people have died while seeking sanctuary from the violence this year alone trying to cross the Mediterranean sea; many of them were children.

The United Kingdom has played a leading role as one of the world’s top international donors, supporting refugees in Syria and the surrounding area.

The UN estimates there are over 320,000 people though who live in urgent need of resettlement. Survivors of torture or sexual violence, the very elderly or disabled, there are people who cannot survive in UN refugee camps near in countries surrounding Syria.

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Resettlement Campaign: Local Organising Guide

The death of Alan Kurdi brought home the reality of the humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, the largest refugee crisis in generations with 12 million people in Syria in need of urgent help, and four 4 million having fled the country.

The UK government has been a global leader in providing funding to support people on the ground in neighbouring countries, but the UN estimate 420,000 of the most vulnerable people need to be resettled to safer environments. To date we’ve taken less than 5,000, compared to 35,000 pledged by Germany, 10,000 by Canada and 9,000 by Norway.

This guide outlines simple steps to move from anger and sadness to action, how we can make a practical difference.

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Help find 5,000 homes for Syrian refugees

Citizens UK has today launched its 'Home for Resettled Refugees Register' - and we need your support to sign up 5,000 landlords who would be willing to rent their property to resettled Syrian refugees.

We have been working on this campaign for a year, but this week we have reached a tipping point, and the Prime Minister is considering an increase in the number of Syrian refugees resettled by the UK.

Quite simply, the more properties pledged on our Register, the more local councils will sign up to participate in the Syrian resettlement programme, the higher the number of Syrians the UK government will consider resettling.

Citizens UK is calling on the government to commit to resettle 10,000 refugees a year for the next two years.

Help us hit that target by adding your rental property to the 'Homes for Resettled Refugees Register'.   

If you don't have any property spare, organise local letting agents and landlords to assist.

 

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