Andy Griffiths explains a bit about Community Organising via a local Facebook Group. " In Chelmsford, some of us have been practising our community organising skills in a local facebook group, launched in late March. We asked people for stories and what they cared about, and we ended up with 4,500 members, loads of stories (some heartbreaking), lots of silly poems and memes and “where can I find formula” and coordination of volunteering, and 55(!) actionable issues.Read more
Co-sign our letter to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick so no homeless person is left behind in the pandemic
Homeless people across the UK are at risk of losing emergency temporary accommodation and returning to the streets.
While the Government have reinforced their aim to support homeless people after contract for temporary accommodation services end, the extending of housing support will only be available to those who qualify for welfare benefits.
Thousands of homeless people who are currently housed in hotels around the country don't have access to public funds (No Recourse to Public Funds). This means they can't access vital services like Universal Credit and key parts of the NHS.Read more
While new lockdown rules have been put in place, there are still many people anxious and concerned about leaving their homes. Father Angus Richie, the Director of the Centre of Theology and TELCO Citizens leader, writes a step-by-step guide on how churches can keep the spirit of community organising alive during lockdown by practising attentive listening and action in their communities.
Community organising has had to adapt very quickly to the lockdown, and conversations in our churches indicate its continuing importance – particularly in:
- Rooting action in attentive listening to the different situations people are in
- Ensuring the inclusion of people who are not online – or who have less access too, and confidence with, the internet
- Reaching beyond the confines of those already in our congregations to engage with their practical, social and spiritual needs and gifts
- Rooting everything churches do in prayer and in their wider mission
The foundation for all organising is listening, and in this blog I want to explore how this can happen during lockdown - in churches and in other local institutions.Read more
Tabitha is a care worker and Citizens UK leader - and one of the many key workers helping to keep the country running during the Covid-19 crisis. Like 500,000 other care sector staff in the UK, she works below the Living Wage. This is why she is launching a campaign today with Citizens UK to get key workers a real Living Wage.
I feel like a Roman Gladiator going into the ring on a night shift. Everyone is clapping you, but you're pitting yourself against a deadly disease without the proper pay and protection.
That’s why I’ve launched this petition to ask Matt Hancock MP to properly fund social care, with the £1.4 billion needed to ensure hundreds of thousands of staff like me can receive the real Living Wage.Read more