Citizens UK Birmingham

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Newman Students at Citizens UK Birmingham Delegates Assembly
First year students from Newman University’s BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families (WCYPF), BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work, BA (Hons) Psychology and Childhood and BA (Hons) Counselling and WCYPF programmes who are currently studying Social Policy, had the opportunity to put theory into practice and get involved with driving real-world change from the ground up in their local area.
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Citizens UK Birmingham

“Interesting”, “inspiring” and “motivating” these were words used by Newman students who recently attended the Citizens UK Birmingham Delegates Assembly held on Thursday 16th February 2023 at the Legacy Centre for Excellence in Birmingham. Newman University is a founding partner of Citizens UK which was set up ten years ago.

The Delegates Assembly involved participants from primary schools, secondary schools, youth provision, community organisations and universities in the West Midlands. It focused on the core policy areas of Housing, Work and Safety. Speakers (including children and young people) advocated for local change in climate justice, the cost of living crisis, fighting for a living wage, community safety including hate crime and racism.


Speakers (including children and young people) advocated for local change.

Students found the event really useful, inspiring and motivating in terms of getting involved with a variety of policy-making actors (including children and young people) to inform and change local policy from the ground up. There were lots of opportunities for students to get involved with campaigning for change and many students were already thinking ahead and making enquiries with represented community organisations about work-related learning opportunities which they will need to complete in their second year.

Here’s to the Newman Students of Today becoming the Leaders of Tomorrow!

-Written by Claire Monk, Senior Lecturer in Working with Children, Young People and Families-


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