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Citizens Somerset

Founded in March 2019, Citizens Somerset builds diverse alliances of communities across Somerset, launching with Taunton and West Somerset, that organise for power, social justice and the common good.

Our member organisations are churches, schools, youth organisations and other civil society groups.

We are non-partisan, but we promote greater democratic participation in public life. Our broad-based community organising method helps ordinary people to secure a seat at the table with those in power and negotiate for change on the issues which matter to us.

If you are interested in joining as a member organisation, please get in touch at somerset@citizensuk.org

Sign up for updates from this chapter here.


Media coverage of Founding Assembly

BBC Points West covered the Founding Assembly: https://youtu.be/xiFgmBuLFoI

As did BBC Radio Somerset, Somerset County Gazette and The Wells Journal!

And here's a write-up from The Diocese of Bath and Wells, one of our founding members:


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‘High energy and a new way of working to win change’

By Revd Dr Susan Durber

Minister, Taunton United Reformed Church; and Moderator of Faith and Order Commission, WCC

I am used to going to meetings of a few people, often in large rooms, and feeling that the energy has to come from me. So being part of the Citizens Founding Assembly was a real contrast! The room was packed and the energy level was high. After years (honestly, years..) of building up to this moment I was aware of how tired I was, but the meeting was stirring and energising.

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Citizens Somerset Founding Assembly

By John Haines, Taunton Deane and South Sedgemoor Methodist Circuit


280 people turned out on a late winter midweek evening to come to the Founding Assembly for Citizens Somerset, the latest Chapter to be established under the umbrella of Citizens UK.  Hosted by Richard Huish College in Taunton they were engaging in this latest venture of community organising, demonstrating that people are genuinely interested in active expressions of local democracy, whatever the frustrations with national politics at this time.

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