Citizens UK Delegates Assembly and public action with new Government – Westminster
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Citizens UK Delegates Assembly and public action with new Government - Westminster

Citizens UK Delegates Assembly and public action with new Government – see letter below from CUK Director Matthew Bolton, 17.9.19

Dear Leadership Groups and Organisers,

With all the political turmoil – today we will hear from the Supreme Court whether the Government acted illegally in proroguing Parliament – it is hard to predict what the next few months will bring. But it is looking increasingly likely that there will be a General Election before Christmas and so we should get ourselves ready to seize that opportunity. It’s a chance for us to push forward on our urgent campaigns for social justice and demonstrate an approach to politics that is built from the concerns of everyday people, with relationships and public accountability at its heart.

Fortunately, we already have our Citizens UK Delegates Assembly scheduled in 4 weeks, in what is currently looking like decent timing to set our strategy and priorities for a General Election.

Citizens UK Annual Delegates Assembly

Tuesday 15th October from 12pm-4.30pm

London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1JX

The Citizens UK Leadership Team, 25 leaders drawn from across our 15 Chapters, have been meeting on video conference monthly for the last 5 months and helping to shape the plans for this important action.

Turnout & travel: We are asking each Chapter to send between 5-10 leaders and at least 1 Organiser.  Off-peak train fares for those outside of London will be funded and purchased centrally (please let know who will be attending), or we can cover petrol if people could come in groups in cars.

Key aims:

  1. Relationships between leaders across the 15 Chapters.
  2. Training sessions on running an effective Leadership Group and on Organising Money.
  3. Decision-making on our strategy and campaign priorities ready for a General Election.

Preparation in advance:

  1. Come with a power analysis of the Parliamentary Constituencies in your area, including where you think you could hold Accountability Assemblies or have diverse delegations negotiate with candidates.
  2. Identify the key issues your Chapter would want to push at a UK level, and the local issues you would want to raise with your candidates.
  3. Request a meeting with your local MP(s) at 5pm on 15th October in Westminster.



  • Roll-call
  • Lunch & 1-2-1s
  • Stories of community organising success from around the UK

 13:00-14:30 LEARNING

A range of workshops to choose from, including:

  • How to be an effective member of a Leadership Team
  • A power analysis of the UK government
  • Election campaigning preparation
  • Tools for leadership development
  • Building core teams
  • Developing your institution through community organising
  • Increasing the ‘hard money’ in your Chapter budget

 14:30-16:30 DEMOCRACY

  • Deciding our strategy to engage the UK Government, especially in relation to Strangers into Citizens and the Real Living Wage
  • Agreeing our plan if an election is called


  • Many Chapters have said they would like to use the time between the end of the Assembly and the start of off-peak trains to go to Westminster to lobby their sitting MP on national CUK and local Chapter issues, and deepen our power analysis ahead of an likely election.
  • This time could also be used to build stronger relationships with other Chapters or continue learning.

Please contact me or Jonathan with any queries or suggestions on the agenda and confirm attendance with Marta asap so she can arrange tickets.


Matthew Bolton, Executive Director

For more information, contact Tom Bulman, tel 07962 838685.

Police Commander’s Workshop (TBC) @ MK Police Station
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Police Commander's Workshop (TBC) @ MK Police Station



  • Leaders of Citizens:mk member institutions  understand better the aims, operations and constraints of MK Police, through special access, to help them plan an agenda for the election of the Police & Crime Commissioner in May 2020
  • MK Police understand better the experiences of diverse MK community groups and get feedback on ways MK Police can improve its service.


As part of this process, Citizens:mk leaders are invited to  ‘ride-along’ with MK Police on duty, experiencing it from the back of a police car.  This will offer insight to the operational frontline role and can include some time with the duty Sergeants, neighbourhood and CID teams.  The time and length must be arranged individually with the Area Commander’s Office on reading this Application Letter and completing  three short forms:  Appendix B,  Appendix C and Appendix E.

Issues Workshop

A ‘table-top’ experience reflecting ‘a day in the life of’ from the perspective of a senior manager at MK Police and some of the day to day operational decisions that have to be made regarding professional standards and the deployment of limited resources against assessments of threat, harm and risk.  A Sgt or Inspector will sit on each table of participants.  Agenda:

  • Briefing on MK and Thames Valley Police force priorities as well as how MK Local Police Area is performing against them to offer some context
  • A daily management meeting where decisions have to be made regarding missing persons and the prioritisation of activity in response to the previous 24hrs’ events
  • Oversight of missing persons and their threat assessment
  • A complaint/discipline issue (supported by body worn video footage) where a decision needs to be made regarding whether the officer behaved, and used their powers, appropriately
  • The build-up of calls for service and the need to prioritise the attendance of response units against the offer of appointments over the next few days

Each feed will be based on real, but anonymised events, and may include decision making regarding the management of dangerous persons, child/adult safeguarding considerations and/or community tensions arising from a traveller encampment/car cruise but these have a heavier partnership ‘footprint’ whereas the above are quite police specific.

Workshop ends with ideas for improvement and initial discussion about ways Citizens:mk leaders can involve their institutions in supporting the Police effort.

Closing feedback:  Participants feedback on the experience of the Ride-alongs and Issues Workshop, with any initial suggestions for further improvement in Police operations.

Fair Work Summit (TBC) @ St. Augustine's Catholic Church
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Fair Work Summit (TBC) @ St. Augustine's Catholic Church



to celebrate and share best practice in Fair Work policy and share issues of inequality

Tea/coffee served from 5.30pm

6.00       Welcome and Introduction from co-chairs, Debbie Wilson of Citizens:mk and  host employer

6.05       Living Wage Song from Summerfield Primary School choir

6.10       Rt Hon Mark Lancaster and/or Iain Stewart speak about ‘Good Work in MK’

6.15       Experiences of unfair work

  • Unsecure hours – Phil Shamamba, MK Congolese Community
  • Application bias – Agnes McCluskey, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
  • Transparency of contract and termination process (not email) – Hala Selim, Trubys Garden Tea Room
  • Other testimonies – Marion Cole, Works4Us

6.25       National research on fair work policies – Professor Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, Hertfordshire University & Jane Whild, The Open University

6.30       Findings from MK survey Sept-Oct 2010 – Rukhsana Malik, MK Muslim Association

6.35       Possible Fair Work improvements

  • Secure hours – Martha Crawford, Living Hours campaign, Citizens UK
  • Name/address blind application process – Cllr Peter Marland, MK Council
  • Transparent zero hours contracting – Richer Sounds, John Lewis
  • Face to face contract termination – David Champman, Church of Christ the Cornerstone

6.45       Asks of power holders:  local employers and parliamentary candidates – Linda McComie & Omar Selim

6.50       Pledges from local employers and parliamentary election candidates

7.00       Summary of actions agreed – Debbie Wilson

7.05       End.  Photo of Living Hours employers.

Refugees Welcome Schools Breakfast @ Grant Thornton
Nov 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Refugees Welcome Schools Breakfast @ Grant Thornton



Chaired by Kurshida Mirza and Hala Afify

  • 8.00  Buffet breakfast served
  • 8.15  Welcome from Grant Thornton, Citizens:mk and MK Mayor Cllr Crooks
  • 8.20  Testimony from refugee parents on how school was in Syria and is in MK – Maisa Alhaj, Warda and Nour  and friend (interpretation by Jamila Kaouri)
  • 8.25  Testimony from pupils – students from St. Paul’s Catholic School say why it’s important we welcome refugees, what’s it really like for refugee student Tasnim Alhaj
  • 8.35  Testimony from support workers – Kerri Chana of British Red Cross and Hasnain Datoo/Shelina Meghji of Building Bridges MK
  • 8.45 Why Refugees Welcome Schools is important – Fred Grindrod of NASUWT (Refugees Welcome Partner), and Craig Warne of NASUWT Milton Keynes Local Association
  • 8.50 How it has worked for us – video testimony of exemplar Refugees Welcome School in London/Cardiff
  • 8.55  How the accreditation works – Jess Maddocks,  Citizens UK – Refugees Welcome School
  • 9.00  Pledges from head teachers/governors to attain Refugee Welcome School accreditation (Brooklands Farm Primary School has already signed up, Southwood Primary School have it under senior management discussion)
  • 9.05  Next Step Sponsor RefugeesGill Barrow-Jones, St. George’s & Holy Trinity, Tim Finch of Citizens UK 
  • 9.10  Q&A
  • 9.15  End

alliance of diverse community organisations acting together for a thriving, inclusive and fairer Milton Keynes