citizens UK

(former website: The Citizen Organising Foundation).

  • Citizens UK is the home of community organising in Britain.
  • We are the biggest community alliance in Britiain, bringing together more than 160 faith congregations, schools, universities, trade unions, and community groups with a quarter of a million citizens in our network. We work to end poverty, improve housing and make London safer.
  • See the video showcasing our work (5.15 min) … (about 1/2).

Homepage and e-mail updates;
Campaigns; Chapters; News; Blog; Events;
Address: Citizens UK, Head Office, 112 Cavell Street, London, E1 2JA, UK;
Contact: +44 (0) 20 7043 9881, e-mail.

Training: … Regular training takes place locally to support and strengthen civil society institutions and to identify and develop new leaders. 

Courses can be tailored to local interest with alternative modules available for Schools, Congregations, NGOs, Unions and Others. Pathway courses are usually held in local civil society institutions. City Wide Training takes place in Local Centres and National Training at a Residential Centre.

Applicants for community leadership training are typically nominated by Community Organisers. Interested candidates will be invited to first meet with an Organiser from the CitizensUK Centre for Civil Society. After training a review will take place to help candidates consider next steps and plan a course of action. Those with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply to the College of Community Organising for further studies.

New leadership techniques:

  • How to connect faith and values to practical action
  • The role that power and self-interest play in holding a group together and making the world work
  • An introduction to a campaigning methodology that helps strengthen your organisation allowing you, your family, and your community to gain recognition and maintain dignity.
  • Learning takes place through role play, formal lectures, video, and group discussion. The tutors are all experienced community organisers working in different parts of the city.
  • Previous attendees have been of various ages, from teenagers to pensioners. They include people from Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu congregations, and from local trade union branches, student groups, tenants organisations, and community centres. The diversity of attendees makes the training even more valuable.

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