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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 Lydia Rye at lydia.rye@citizensuk.org

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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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Community sponsorship: a joint endeavour

Westminster Quaker Meeting, Bloomsbury Baptist Church and LSE's Faith Centre are working together to jointly welcome a Syrian family to the heart of the city in 2019. Read more about our journey.

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Organising around the Living Wage: the story of Heathrow Airport

Last year, we announced the fantastic decision by Heathrow Airport to become the world’s first Living Wage airport, a decision taken by management that ensures the business is doing the right thing and its workers can live in dignity.

I wanted to tell you a bit about the story of how West London Citizens got there, after years of painstaking organising work, in the hope that others can take inspiration from this story in their own Living Wage organising.

In the summer of 2016 West London Citizens (WLC) was campaigning to get Heathrow airport to sign up as a Living Wage employer. The campaign had already been running for two years but needed a boost.

 

West London Churches holding a living wage mass in support of workers

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Nottingham organiser heads south to West London

 

 Lydia Rye, Senior Organiser for West London Citizens.  

Lydia Rye is the new Senior Organiser for West London Citizens. Before this she worked as the Senior Organiser for Nottingham & Maun Valley Citizens, and worked on dozens of campaigns to see real change on issues from hate crime to homelessness and mental health.  She is particularly proud of the work which led to Nottingham becoming the first place in the country to introduce misogyny as a category of hate crime, and of supporting Nottingham Citizens to hold the largest single event in the 2015 general election, bringing together 2,300 people in the city's Royal Concert Hall.  

Before working for Citizens UK Lydia worked for a local charity, overseeing outreach services to sex workers, and is particularly passionate about supporting women to engage in public life. In her spare time she loves to test recipes she's never tried before on groups of unsuspecting friends and to binge watch really bad TV.

Contact: Lydia.Rye@citizensuk.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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Citizens UK Calls on Premier League to Show Living Wage Leadership This Christmas

Citizens UK, the national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign has this morning (11th December 2014) welcomed the news that Chelsea FC has become the first accredited Premier League Football Club, alongside Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) FC who has accredited as a Living Wage employer in Scotland.

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Ealing Citizens Push Councillors to Pay Care Workers Living Wage

On Wednesday 14th May, in front of over 250 members and guests of West London Citizens at the Ealing Citizens Accountability Assembly in a packed hall at William Perkin C of E School, Cllrs Julian Bell and David Millican, the Labour and Conservative candidates for leader of the council pledged to support the West London Citizens social care campaign in all respects save one. They refused to commit to paying all council contracted care workers the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour.

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