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West London Citizens is a broad-based alliance of member communities from Westminster to Hounslow, founded in 2005. In 2017 the leadership team decided to invest in building new local alliances in each of the 5 boroughs we currently have members starting in Westminster, the West End and Ealing but aiming to extend to areas like Hammersmith, Fulham and Chelsea over the next 4 years in order to significantly increase the power of local communities in West London.

Members come from diverse faith, education, labour and third sector organisations who commit to work together for the common good. Our focus is the development of people and communities so they have the power to make change on the issues that matter. Membership for organisations costs between £750-£5000 depending on the size, type and wealth of the organisation. We use this money to build sustainably and employ Organisers who support our work through training, relationship building and action. We are non-partisan and have a track record of working with businesses and with Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians.

If you would like to find out more or are interested in getting involved, please contact Senior Organiser Daniel Mackintosh at Daniel.Mackintosh@citizensuk.org

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Ealing Students take action on Mental Health

By Paulina Bielecka, Year 12 at William Perkin High School

On 10 February 2020, 70 students from across 5 schools in Ealing came to William Perkin High School for a Mental Health Summit, with recently elected James Murray MP.

The year 12 house captains worked extremely hard with our organiser, Daniel Mackintosh, to put together this Summit, which was created for students to share stories of how they were experiencing mental health challenges, and think together about the next steps we can take to make a difference. 

We had a couple of William Perkin students, Lucia and Cloe, who shared their personal stories and how it affected their mental health. It was very inspirational as they told us how they dealt with this pressure and to see them so confident now, made the whole room confident in themselves .Trisha, a Year 11 student, shared with the room a video of the internal thoughts us teenagers can have,and how easy it is to say “I’m fine” when, in reality, we are suffering. We also had Mr Chugg who bravely spoke about his personal experiences in university and how his mental health was affected in which he claimed that “failing and mental health didn’t matter because in the end I succeeded”. For him to do this he had to learn to speak with others about how he was feeling. This left the whole room deep in thought because it was a very moving story however. He demonstrated courage and was able to make the right decisions in the end because he had people around him to help. After listening to all of these speakers, we all gathered in our schools and came up with next steps to help the younger years with their mental health. One idea some students had was to create talking groups, where students have a dedicated room where they come together to share how they feel. 

We also had the local MP James Murray who attended this summit, who listened to our stories and our ideas, and to seek his commitment to working with us so we can make a difference. us to present. He listened to speakers from our school and was interviewed by our lovely Lucia from Year 13 about his personal mental health and how he protects it. He replied:”I try to push aside difficulties but that’s not the right thing to do. It’s better to talk to someone and share our difficulties, because we all face these challenges together”. During his interview with Lucia ,she asked him if he could commit to broker a meeting with the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for mental health services in the borough. He said yes! And when we come back to school, we will be following up with James Murray MP to build the next step of this campaign.

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Ealing Citizens Newsletter

See the incredible work of the local leaders of Ealing Citizens, through their first newsletter of 2020. Highlights include a local victory around Community Land Trust homes,  a recent blog around the Living Wage and why Acton Mosque joined the local Ealing Citizens alliance. Read it here.

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Organising towards the London Citizens 2020 Mayoral Assembly

On 23 January 2020, 25 leaders from 10 members of West London Citizens – from Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster - gathered at Christ the Saviour Anglican Church in Ealing to participate in turnout training.

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How civic institutions can be at the forefront of social change

Blog written by The Revd Dr Simon Woodman, Bloomsbury Baptist Church, Westminster Citizens

It was a privilege to host the London Citizens Delegates Assembly at my institution, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, in November 2019. Over 500 community leaders from civic institutions across the capital gathered to show how our power to bring about change for justice is magnified when we work together. The choice of Bloomsbury for this Assembly was no accident: in addition to being a member institution of West London Citizens, it is a church with a long history of engaging in works of social justice.

Revd Woodman at the London 2020 Delegates Assembly where he delivered this opening speech

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Learn more about how we organise our communities in West London to act for justice, people power and the common good while developing community leaders.

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