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Who are Tyne & Wear Citizens?

Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based alliance of civil society organisations committed to working together for the common good.

Our Members

Islamic Diversity Centre, Newcastle PROPS, Newcastle St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, North Shields Citizens Advice Newcastle North East Wellbeing Consult & Design, Sunderland St Chad’s College, Durham St Thomas More RC Academy, North Shields Northumbria Area Quaker Meeting Park View Academy, Chester-le-Street Catholic Parish of the Durham Martyrs Northern Saints C of E Primary School, Sunderland Together Newcastle Newcastle Central Mosque Walker Parish Church, Church of England Children North East, Newcastle St Michael’s, Byker, Church of England St Gabriel’s, Heaton, Church of England

Our Sponsoring Partners

Newcastle Quakers Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal Newcastle University Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle Church of England Diocese of Durham Church of England Diocese of Newcastle

Our Community Organiser

Sara Bryson

Contact Sara for further information about membership and actions sara.bryson@citizensuk.org

Follow us on Twitter @tynewearcitizen

Tyne & Wear Citizens is an alliance of Citizens UK, developing leaders and effective citizens, strengthening civic institutions and creating systemic change.

Registered charity number: 1107264 www.citizensuk.org

   
   
Who are Tyne & Wear Citizens? Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based alliance of civil

LAUNCH ASSEMBLY

Who are Tyne & Wear Citizens? Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based alliance of civil

Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Who are Tyne & Wear Citizens? Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based alliance of civil
Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based

Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens

Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based alliance of civil society organisations committed to working together for the common good.

Tyne & Wear Citizens is a chapter of Citizens UK and was launched at the Founding Partners Assembly in December 2015. Since then we have appointed a paid Community Organiser, recruited a broad range of dues-paying member organisations and conducted an extensive Listening Campaign.

Tyne & Wear Citizens has three ‘Hub-groups’, centred on Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, with member organisations from all three areas.

In September of this year, we held a Delegates Assembly at the Civic Centre in Newcastle at which the issues identified in the Listening Campaign were presented. The top three priorities have been brought to this Assembly and are outlined on the page opposite.

Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based

What is Community Organising?

Community Organising is based on the principle that when we work together we have the power to change our neighbourhoods, cities, and ultimately our country for the better. We want to work together to transform the world from what it is to what we believe it should be.

To do this we listen to our members, asking each other about our concerns and developing strategies to improve our communities. We ensure that civil society is at the negotiating table alongside the market and state, so that our communities are included in the decisions that affect them.

Citizens UK is perhaps best known for the Living Wage Campaign, and we are delighted to be holding our Launch Assembly during Living Wage Week. Sadly, the North East has the lowest number of Living Wage Accredited employers in the country, which is something we think needs to change.

Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based
Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based
Welcome to the launch of Tyne & Wear Citizens Tyne & Wear Citizens is a broad-based

AGENDA

Music from Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

WELCOME

Our Co-Chairs for tonight’s Assembly are:

Anna Rowlands, Durham University Dr Omer Shareef, Newcastle Central Mosque Sofia, St Michael’s, Byker

STORY OF TYNE & WEAR CITIZENS

Video: Tyne & Wear Citizens Recognition of Founding Partners Roll Call of Member Organisations

POVERTY

Presentation from Park View School Sarah Holmes-Carne, Head of Kenton School Gayle Purvis, Citizens Advice Newcastle

LIVING WAGE CELEBRATIONS

Shona Alexander, Citizens Advice Newcastle Rt Revd Paul Butler, Diocese of Durham Nic Gilbert, St Cuthbert’s Care Sheila Spencer, Millfield House Foundation

SAFER CITIES

Anna and Mariam, Islamic Diversity Centre Northern Saints Primary School, Sunderland

MENTAL HEALTH

Jack, St Thomas More RC Academy Claire Robinson, PROPS

Music from St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

NEXT STEPS

Action Team Meetings

Poverty Team, 13 November, 6.30pm Safer Cities Team, 1 December, 6.30pm Mental Health Team, 12 December, 6.30pm

For further information about joining an Action Team, training and membership, contact:

sara.bryson@citizensuk.org

Poverty In our Listening Campaign, we heard that food poverty and in-work poverty are a daily
Poverty
In our Listening Campaign, we heard that food poverty
and in-work poverty are a daily reality in the North East.
We have the largest number of children receiving free
school meals, as well as the biggest food bank, in the
country. We also have the highest number of workers on
zero-hours contracts and the lowest number of real Living
Wage employers. Profiteering is exploitation.
• We want local councils, school caterers and
headteachers to work with us to ensure children
receiving free school meals get what they are entitled to.
• We want employers to pay their workers the real Living
Wage, and accredit with the Living Wage Foundation.
Poverty Action Team meeting: 13 Nov, 6.30pm.
Safer Cities
In our Listening Campaign, we heard that hate crime is
increasing. It is affecting people of all ages, from all our
communities. We have identified that being on public
transport is where people feel most vulnerable. This
persecution is wide ranging.
• We want all transport providers
to
work
with
us
to
develop a hate crime policy and deliver effective
training for their staff.
• We want our council leaders and local politicians to
work with us to address specific local community
safety issues.
Safer Cities Action Team meeting: 1 Dec, 6.30pm.
Mental Health
In our Listening Campaign, we heard that people in the
North East are suffering from profound mental health
challenges, especially young people. Their condition is
made worse by the lack of on-going support and
unacceptable waiting times in children and adolescent
mental health services (CAMHS). This is a scandal.
• We want a commitment from the healthcare NHS
trusts to work with us to provide appropriate mental
health services for young people.
• Further, Tyne
& Wear
Citizens is
commissioning a
Citizens Inquiry into Mental Health in the North-East.
Mental Health Action Team meeting: 12 Dec, 6.30pm.