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West London

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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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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Westminster Citizens: forging a new alliance

Revd Simon Woodman of Bloomsbury Baptist Church shares some reflections about why his institution and others are coming together to rebuild Westminster Citizens - and what their hopes for the future are.

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Organising among Anglican churches in Ealing: a reflection

The tools of community organising have had such a positive impact on how I fulfil my role as churchwarden. In fact, I’ve felt a real calling to share our experiences with other Anglican churches in the Ealing Deanery. With the support of our area bishop, Pete Broadbent, and our area dean, Steve Newbold, Fr Justin Dodd, St Barnabas Pitshanger and I convened a local clergy and lay leaders’ roundtable to share stories and listen. Read more to find out what we learnt from one another.

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