People who feel powerless, isolated or exploited must organise and take power to change the world for the better.
Community Organising is about returning power to people. It prioritises personal relationships, membership of institutions rooted within the community and a pragmatic approach to influencing people who hold power in government, business or public life. Citizens UK works with a diverse group of leaders from these institutions; schools, universities, hospitals, mosques, churches, synagogues, charities and other community groups. We teach them a method of community organising so they can take power and achieve change on the issues that matter to them.
We hold thousands of face to face conversations each year, listening to people in our community, coaching and training leaders, and organising assemblies with hundreds, or thousands, of participants and political power holders to win the change people wish to see in their community.
Citizens UK have seen huge practical successes and social change through community organising work, including founding the Living Wage campaign and encouraging major businesses to pay higher wages, achieving major changes to the asylum system and taking on loan sharks to win a cap on the cost of credit. You can read about some of these achievements here.
Our local chapters also organise week to week on small actions to improve their community, like getting a pelican crossing installed outside a school or welcoming refugee families to their area.