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Community
organising in
England: what
are we talking
about?
By Lydia Rye
Lydia.Rye@nottinghamcitizens.
org
A brief history:

 Organising throughout history – faith, education & labour
 Saul Alinsky 1930s Chicago
 US organising...
What is Community Organising?

 Building relational power between groups or individuals in

order to act to bring about c...
What can organising achieve?
What can organising achieve?
Other Examples:


100 CCTV cameras to be installed into Nottingham Cabs on June 1 st 2014 after we found 696
incidents of...
Other Examples:


A living wage at Nottinghamshire Police and Gedling, Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark and
Sherwood Distri...
Today in UK

 Increasing popularity of Community Organising
 Citizens UK – London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Milton

Keyne...
Risks & Challenges

 Sustainability – Funding
 Sustainability – Staffing
 Recognition and development of the craft of o...
Future Opportunities

 Possibility for impact
 Leadership development
 Institutional Renewal
Community
organising in
England: what
are we talking
about?
By Lydia Rye
Lydia.Rye@nottinghamcitizens.
org
Community organising in England - what are we talking about? (Lydia Rye, Nottingham Citizens)
Community organising in England - what are we talking about? (Lydia Rye, Nottingham Citizens)
Community organising in England - what are we talking about? (Lydia Rye, Nottingham Citizens)
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  1. 1. Community organising in England: what are we talking about? By Lydia Rye Lydia.Rye@nottinghamcitizens. org
  2. 2. A brief history:  Organising throughout history – faith, education & labour  Saul Alinsky 1930s Chicago  US organising – IAF & ACORN etc.  UK – Citizens Organising Foundation & CUK
  3. 3. What is Community Organising?  Building relational power between groups or individuals in order to act to bring about change for common good.  2 key types: Broad Based Organising & Micro Organising.
  4. 4. What can organising achieve?
  5. 5. What can organising achieve?
  6. 6. Other Examples:  100 CCTV cameras to be installed into Nottingham Cabs on June 1 st 2014 after we found 696 incidents of racist abuse against just 130 drivers in one week  A police contact point in the lodge on the Forest Rec Ground and railings along the Mansfield Road end  A new system for monitoring and tackling the sexual propositioning of school students at the police  A new system for monitoring Stop and Search, and hopefully Stop and Account too, among the police  Investment of £36,000 in the Women’s Aid Domestic Violence hotline  A reversal of the police’s HR processes for the next wave of recruitment to help them attract BME talent from Nottingham, Nottingham Citizen members have put forward over 60 candidates  A living wage for all directly employed staff at Nottinghamshire County Council – an average pay rise of £850 per year for 2,291 people  A pay rise to £7.45 for a further 900 people, improving their conditions by £840,000 a year at the city council
  7. 7. Other Examples:  A living wage at Nottinghamshire Police and Gedling, Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood District Councils for a further 1,000+ people  A conversation about the Living Wage started with 20 more major employers across the city and county started this Living Wage Week  Substantial press coverage of the dangers of payday lending  A board level appointment at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to lead for Mental Health, a lead Councillor for Mental Health at the City Council and soon a lead for physical health at Notts Healthcare  Reform of assessment formats at NUHT to every admission is assessed for mental health conditions, affecting hundreds of thousands of people annually  Commitment of a regular visit from a nurse to Bestwood Village who have not until now had regular access to medical provision in the Village
  8. 8. Today in UK  Increasing popularity of Community Organising  Citizens UK – London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Leeds …  “Big Society” & Locality  TCC & other alliances  Party political use of organising
  9. 9. Risks & Challenges  Sustainability – Funding  Sustainability – Staffing  Recognition and development of the craft of organising
  10. 10. Future Opportunities  Possibility for impact  Leadership development  Institutional Renewal
  11. 11. Community organising in England: what are we talking about? By Lydia Rye Lydia.Rye@nottinghamcitizens. org

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