Our school is a member of Citizens UK.
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.
We are looking for parents to join together to make changes in our community.
At the last Coffee Morning we launched St Ignatius Citizens and parents spoke in front of our new Chair of Governors, Lourdes Keever and Michael Pugh the Community Organiser for Citizens in Haringey.
Citizens is all about Doing It For Ourselves, us, together.
Our first meeting was in December 2016 where a group of parents got together and shared issues affecting their lives.
A larger meeting was held in February where more parents shared their stories.
The next step is coming together to make these changes.
Keep an eye on our website for updates on our actions.
For more examples of community organising please watch this video.
Haringey Citizens Assembly.
Thank you to everyone who came to Haringey’s first ever Citizens Assembly.
This was the first time all of the member organisations of Citiznes in Haringey had got together to share their institution’s work .There was a huge representation from our school, with 53 parents and children. We made our voices heard, in more ways than one.
The whole event was opened by St Ignatius children singing the song “Community.” Their voices were as big as their smiles and many adults complemented them for their singing and behaviour at the event.
The event was attended by a representative from Argent Related, a company involved in the redevelopment of Haringey.
Our school presented the issue of Rogue Landlords and a mother from our community shared her story with great dignity, which moved many people to action. Thank you to all who signed up to join our team.
Here are what some people said on the night.
“It was the best day ever!” (A Year 5 child who sang in the choir)
” I felt hopeful and comforted. To feel people in the room coming together. We need this. It is very important.” (A parent)
“What well-behaved children!” (Adult participant)
UCL Research Project.
Children are taking part in a research project with students from around the world studying at UCL, one of London’s best universities. The children are “pupil researchers” and will work with students to give their views on housing in London. They will be presenting the project at a Coffee Morning.
Rogue Landlords Action Team.
Did you place a star on our campaign at the Haringey Citizens Assembly?
Our first meeting is on Friday 20th October at 9am in the library.
The Citizens Coffee Morning was all about knowing your housing rights. Ms Hammond gave a presentation on the process to follow when you need repairs in your home and the responsibilities your landlord has. There was then a presentation from Siddiq Fazaluddin, Senior Associate for the law firm Hodge, Jones and Allen. He shared his legal knowledge with parents and then heard individual cases from parents. David from Hackney Citizens spoke of his work in Hackney which as led to Hackney Council having a standard for landlords in Hackney and gave us ideas on how we could make this happen in Haringey. Finally, Michael Pugh, from Citizens UK, inspired parents to join his summer Housing Action Team.
The event was all planned by parent members of St Ignatius Citizens who prepared the materials, provided interpreting into five different languages and spread the word about the Coffee Morning, resulting in a great turn out. A great end to a busy first year as members of Citizens UK.
If you didn’t come to the Coffee Morning, please look at the attached information about housing.
St Ignatius Citizens members needed for the Haringey Citizens Issues Workshop on Tuesday 3rd October.
All the member organisations are going to come together and we need as many representatives as we can from St Ignatius Citizens!
First planning meeting is Friday 22nd September at 9am in the Library.
If you would like a copy of the handouts given during the meeting please click on the links below: