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South London Citizens accountability assembly - May 7th

On May 7th at 6:30PM, our alliances across South London will come together at Southwark Cathedral to hold to account leaders of FIVE local councils, plus representatives from the Greater London Authority, on the issues of: affordable housing; youth violence and safety; and sanctuary and welcome. To attend, please sign up for (free) tickets HERE

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Genuinely affordable Community Land Trust granted in Sydenham after a five-year campaign by Lewisham Citizens

Lewisham Citizens and London Community Land Trust (London CLT) are celebrating today after their planning application for 11 genuinely affordable homes in Brasted Close has been approved.

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Is there any room at the Inn? Croydon Citizens perform nativity action outside Council

On Friday, over 60 of our Croydon leaders performed a huge nativity play outside Croydon Council. The leaders asked their local councillor, Cllr Allison Butler, if there’s “room at the inn” for genuinely affordable homes to be in built in the borough.

The nativity performance comes after years of campaigning from Croydon Citizens to see Community Land Trusts built in the borough - specifically in the north where the majority of member institutions are based. In 2014, and again earlier this year at the local election assembly, leader of Croydon Council Cllr Tony Newman promised a site for 20 homes. However, despite working closely and productively with the group, the council still hasn’t agreed a site.

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Mental Health training for Merton

It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October and Merton Citizens are encouraging members t o promote this within their organisations, either during worship, school assemblies or team meetings. This can be done at any point during the month of October. We are doing this to raise awareness of the issues around mental health and to lessen the stigma which is often attached to it.

Merton Citizens are encouraging members to appoint someone in their community to become a mental health champion. This means: 

  • Signing up to do training in how to signpost people, how to have helpful conversations with people struggling with mental health issues, and how to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. 
  • Being a point person in your community who can direct people to the right services.
  • Being proactive in finding things your community can do to promote positive mental health.  This could be hosting a yoga course, encouraging people to use the headspace app , starting a weekly football team etc…

Listen to why Catherine at Mitcham Parish Church is becoming a mental health champion. Click here 



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Refugees Welcome installation for Brixton Design Trail

How best to engage a whole community in welcoming refugees? Invite them to help create something to which everyone can contribute. From 15-23 September, Refugees Welcome Lambeth and the residents of Trinity Gardens have welcomed people for this years Brixton Design Trail, with a hand-made installation in Trinity Gardens, SW9 that celebrates our diversity and the journeys that have brought us here.

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A step closer to permanently affordable homes in Lewisham

Lewisham Citizens' leaders and campaigners have submitted plans for the first ever permanently affordable homes in the Borough to their local Council.

Members of Lewisham Citizens met and thanked Damien Egan, the new Mayor of Lewisham, for pledging to build 200 Community Land Trust homes over the next four years.

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Parent power! Community Organising for better access to higher education

Check out the new video on Parent Power, our fantastic parental engagement programme run in partnership with King's College London Widening Participation department.

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Parent Power is a group of mums and dads from South London. They are learning about the education system and how to give their kids the best chance of going to university and have had training and information provided to them by King's College London and expert speakers.

They are also taking power into their own hands, organising their own campaigns and breaking down barriers to access elite universities.

Our involvement in the programme is about giving parents the power and tools that come with the Citizens UK method of community organising. The programme enables them to improve the chances of their own children accessing higher education as well as tackling wider educational inequality in their communities. So far they've won fully funded open days to universities and 90% bursaries in private summer schools. The parents are also running campaigns on other barriers to accessing university including the cost and quality of private tuition and the huge application fees for British Citizenship.  

After securing the funded open day to Cambridge University especially for their group, the parents parents were featured on Sky News, the BBC and in The Times newspaper,.

For more information contact James.Asfa@citizensuk.org

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Passports not Profits



Home Office profiteering leaves 65,000 children with the right to citizenship in limbo:  South London Citizens led on the organisation of an action outside the Home Office just before Christmas, 2017.

A Letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, delivered by more than a hundred children and young people, urges her to cut the cost of British citizenship for children.

This year the Home Office stands to make almost £24* million profit from children registering for British citizenship. Most were born or bred in the UK of migrant parents and need citizenship to fully contribute to the society that is their home.


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250 community leaders from South London Citizens celebrate successes and plan for the future


250 civic and community leaders from South London Citizens, celebrated campaign progress on affordable housing and Refugees Welcome since the London Mayoral Assembly at William Booth College, Southwark.

The evening began with Clive Adams, Territorial Commander for the Salvation Army, handing over door keys to Cllr. Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, for homes which will house 4 Syrian refugee families. 

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Greenwich Citizens celebrate London Living Wage


Greenwich Citizens held a Living Wage tea party hosted by METRO Charity this Friday, following the Sadiq Khan’s announcement of the new London Living Wage rate of £9.75 an hour earlier in the week. The number of Living Wage employers in the borough has risen to around 100, after a Royal Borough of Greenwich scheme last year offering business rate discounts for employers signing up to the London Living Wage.

The London Living Wage is a voluntary level of minimum pay, independently-calculated with the cost of living in the capital. 20 Greenwich charities and social enterprises have accredited as Living Wage employers, including METRO and Mycenae House.

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