DELEGATES ASSEMBLLY AGREES 2014 CAMPAIGNS
In a packed Guildhall at Christ the Cornerstone Church, 12 community organisations agreed a shared campaign agenda for the year ahead. After hearing a series of presentations, the Citizens:mk alliance agreed to support four campaigns: Living Wage, Better Public Transport, Safe Youth Space and Weaving Trust.
“Weaving Trust in our relationships is one we can take forward within our alliance,” said Rob Paton, Chair of Citizens:mk, “but we will need local government and business support for the other three. We look forward to working with local councillors and business leaders in the run-up to our public assembly a week before the local elections in May.”
MK Quakers and MK Equality Group spoke in favour of continuing the Living Wage campaign, first initiated by East London Citizens 15 years ago, with a target to persuade five MK employers to pay all their workers the Living Wage, £7.65 per hour or above.
St. Augustine’s Church, MK College and Future Wolverton, proposed a new campaign to improve MK’s public transport. This will start with improving information to bus passengers and piloting a community transport scheme in north MK using electric cars.
Pupils and students from Brooklands Farm Primary School and MK Academy introduced a new campaign to ‘Weave Trust in Relationships’ by systematically introducing school students to adults and institutions within their neighbourhood.
St. Paul’s Catholic School students and the Q:alliance youth group proposed a campaign for ‘Safer Youth Spaces’ including an education programme to improve cyber safety for young people and a solution to the loss of CMK meeting space and youth worker. See video.
Rob Paton said: “We are delighted to have completed our listening campaigns, institution by institution, and resolved this evening to support these campaigns as one powerful alliance.”