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Tyne & Wear Citizens Founded in December 2015.

Following a listening campaign engaging with 1000s of people in face to face conversations across Tyne & Wear, a Launch Assembly took place in November 2017, with a radical plan for action.

Tyne & Wear Citizens members voted to focus action in three key areas: Poverty, Mental Health & Safer Cities.

We are currently taking action in those areas with four action teams and have so far:

  • Trebled number of Living Wage Employers in region from 30 to over 90.
  • Negotiated four schools to re-model and operate a Fair Change System, bringing over £60, 000 back to young people in receipt of Free School Meals.
  • Took public action to ‘Reclaim The Metro’ and won a Hate Crime Charter on Public Transport – jointly signed by Nexus, Arriva, Stagecoach & Go-North East. The charter includes a commitment to train transport staff in Hate Crime as well as a commitment to build confidence amongst communities to challenge and report hate crime.
  • Took action against hatred forming a Human Chain around Newcastle Central Mosque.
  • Launched a Citizens Commission on Mental Health which has involved 700 people; including holding three public hearings in Sunderland, Durham and Newcastle; Launched the report Living Well: Mental Wellbeing and Public Life in the North East; Held a Mental Health Assembly with 450 people. You can read about the committments we won here.

Our Tyne and Wear Citizens Organiser is Sara Bryson. Contact her at sara.bryson@citizensuk.org

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Commitments won at our Mental Health Assembly

Tyne and Wear Citizens have run a Citizens Commission on Mental Health in the North East that produced a powerful report entitled 'Living Well'. The report covers stories of pain and of hope, full of testimony about our mental health issues, services and challenges. And recommendations for action by people with the power to improve our services. Read further to find out which commitments we have secured from key decision makers.

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Tyne and Wear Citizens Commission on Mental Health publish "Living Well" report

Today members of Tyne and Wear Citizens, part of national community organising alliance Citizens UK, launched a powerful report 'Living Well'. Stories of pain and of hope, full of testimony about our mental health issues, services and challenges. And recommendations for action by people with the power to improve our services. 

This Commission has held a listening campaign that received over 300 testimonies about mental wellbeing and public life across the North East. Having analysed these testimonies and identified common issues such as early intervention, systems and choice over treatment, the Commission has produced a report with concrete proposals for much-needed change.

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What does fair work look like? The start of a new local campaign.

Read this blog to find out why we're launching a listening campaign on 'fair work' and how you can join to share your experiences of poor conditions at work. 

Blog by Gayle Purves, Citizens leader from Citizens Advice Newcastle

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Upcoming actions: October-December 2018

Leaders from across our Chapter have been working hard to plan an exciting range of actions to build our power around our priority issues. Click here to learn more about what's coming next and be sure to make a note of these dates and times in your diaries!

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Welcome to our new Sunderland Organiser

Welcome to our new Associate Organiser for Sunderland, Claire Rodgerson, from everyone at Tyne and Wear Citizens. Click here to read more about her background and plans for the future.

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Citizens reject hatred with human chain around mosque

Citizens UK chapters once again mobilised in the face of vile vitriol aimed at Muslim communities across Britain by forming a human chain around mosques in response to so-called 'punish a Muslim day'.

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Tyne and Wear Citizens Founding assembly attended by 1,000 people

The November founding assembly of Tyne and Wear Citizens was a huge success and we'd like to thank all of our founding partners for making it such a special event.  Nearly 1,000 people from across the region came together to negotiate with political, business and public sector decision-makers on how we can tackle issues affecting our communities ranging from mental health, poverty and hate crime. Watch the video created to open the assembly:

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Tyne and Wear Citizens Launch Assembly on November 7

On Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 6pm communities from across Tyne & Wear will come together to launch Tyne & Wear Citizens. This diverse alliance of faith communities, residents groups, schools, colleges, universities, and charities has been built to take action for the common good of the region.

Over the last nine months we have used Community Organising to listen, build relationships, identify injustices facing our people and launch campaigns to tackle some of our regions problems.

Our Launch Assembly is an opportunity to celebrate this work, seek public commitments from decision makers and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to play their part in making Tyne & Wear a better place for us all. At this historic event we will commit to peace, participation and reweaving the fabric of civil society.

Amidst celebration, powerful stories and pledges of hard work, the foundations will be laid for a new wave of action for social justice.

Doors Open at 17.30pm. Please take your seats by 17.45pm

For further information of any queries contact Sara Bryson, Community Organiser, sara.bryson@citizensuk.org

Details and tickets here: 

www.eventbrite.com/e/tyne-wear-citizens-launch-assembly-tickets-36189090544

 

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Tyne & Wear Citizens Annual Meeting

Tyne & Wear Citizens warmly invite you to our Annual Meeting

Date: Wednesday 7th December
Time: 6.30-8.30pm (to be seated by 6.15pm)
Venue: St John’s Church, Church Hall, bottom of Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JG

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Tyne & Wear Assembly

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The first Tyne & Wear Citizens Assembly was held at the Miners Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne on Tuesday 8th December 2015.

Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK who organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common Good. Their work is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhood, their cities, and ultimately the country for the better.

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