The parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury has been an active member of The East
London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) for over 20 years.
TELCO is the founding chapter of Citizens UK the home of community
organising in the UK, with diverse civil society alliances in London and
most major cities in England and Wales.
We organise communities to act together for power, social justice and the
common good. We develop the leadership capacity of members so they can hold
politicians and other decision makers to account on the issues that matter
Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change
lives and transform communities.
The declared objectives of Citizens UK are for the benefit of the public
1. to develop the capacity and skills of the socially and economically
disadvantaged communities of Britain and Ireland in such a way that members
of such communities are better able to identify and meet their needs and
participate more fully in society.
2. to assist by directly promoting the more effective working of local and
national capacity building institutions designed to pursue that aim.
Community organising is based on the principle that when people work
together they have the power to change their neighbourhoods, cities, and
ultimately the country for the better. We work with people who want to
transform the world, from what it is to what they believe it should be. To
do this we listen to our members, asking them about their 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.
The local alliance of TELCO members identified issues of concern as a) the
quality of social care; b) lack of affordable homes and; c) the unacceptable
standard of privately rented accommodation. As a result of our organised
campaigning, Redbridge Council is now an accredited Living Wage Employer,
committed to paying social care workers a Living Wage. The Council has
implemented Selective licensing of private rented accommodation, and is
committed to the development of 250 permanently affordable community
land trust homes.
Citizens UK Registered charity number 1107264
Contact: Bernadette Harris