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Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and Peace


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Tyne and Wear Citizens:

Diocese has become a Strategic Partner of Tyne and Wear Citizens.

At a recent meeting of the Diocesan Directors, it was agreed that the Diocese would become a Stategic Partner to Tyne and Wear Citizens for the next three years, giving £10k a year to contribute to the costs of employing a community organiser. Tyne and Wear Citizens is a broad based community organising organisation, which seeks to develop civic society and bring about social change.

At the moment there are three campaigns:

  • Improving provision for Mental Health Services.

  • Addressing poverty with a particular focus of promoting the Living Wage and reforming the Free School Meal system.

  • Making communities safer and combating hate-crime.

Members of catholic parishes and schools are involved in all three campaigns.

Bishop Séamus is very supportive of Diocesan involvement in Tyne and Wear Citizens and of the aims of all three campaigns.

If you would like more information about the work of Tyne and Wear Citizens please contact the Head of the Department for Justice and Peace, Fr. Chris Hughes at: or Tyne and Wear Citizen's Community Organiser, Sara Bryson at

Upcoming Events:

Mayoral Assembly for the North of Tyne Combined Authority

Tyne and Wear Citizens, of which the Diocese is a strategic partner, is preparing for an accountable Assembly of the candidates of the election of the ‘North of Tyne Mayor’ on Thursday 2 May, which will cover Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside. This event is taking place on Tuesday 30 April at 6.30pm at the Tyne Opera House on the Westgate Road, Newcastle. There have been commitments from the Labour and Liberal Democrat Candidates to be present. Once the Conservative Party have announced their candidate, it will be asked if their candidate is willing to take part. The ‘asks’ will include issues from the three campaigns the alliance is running on mental health, food poverty and safer cities.

To take part you need to register online at eventbrite.

For more information contact Fr. Chris Hughes by email or on 0191 257 5801.


For more information about events or the works of Tyne and Wear Citizens please contact Fr. Chris Hughes by email or tel: 0191 257 5801 or Sara Bryson of Tyne and Wear Citizens on her email.


Download the September newsletter from Tyne & Wear Citizens.

Welcome Sunderland Organiser – Claire Rodgerson

We are delighted that Claire Rodgerson has started with us this week as Associate Community Organiser in Sunderland. Claire brings with her a wealth of experience having previously worked with women affected by sexual violence and joins us from Show Racism the Red Card. Her knowledge, experience and contacts will support enormously the changes we are seeking in the region. Please give Claire a warm Tyne & Wear Citizens welcome and get booking in a 121 with her as soon as you can! You can reach Claire at


Learning the craft of organising is essential if we are to win. It equips us with strategies needed to think through how we will achieve the changes we seek.

All members are entitled to send as many people as they like onto our 2 day training. Ideally each organisation should have a small team who are trained and understand the craft.

6 Day Training

Membership of the alliance also enables you to take up a place on our accredited six day residential training programme. This is amazing training and is accredited as a postgraduate certificate in Community Leadership. If you would like to book up for next year the next dates for 2019 are:

June 30 - July 5 2019

Let Sara know if you want to book onto either of those.


Living Wage

The Living Wage Action Team have had several negotiating meetings with local authorities and universities, with real progress being made. Watch this space!

They are also targeting St. James’ Park, calling on them to follow the example of other Premier League Clubs such as West Ham, Chelsea and Everton and pay a Real Living Wage.

If you needed any evidence about how important the Living Wage action is, then see this report in the Chronicle. Smith Institute research shows that a Living Wage in the North East could boost the local economy by £29 million.

Misogyny as a hate crime

The action team continues to push to have misogyny recognised as a hate crime. You may have seen in the press this week that Citizens Action across the UK took us a step closer to this.

Tyne & Wear Citizens action team will continue to work with colleagues in Nottingham and Manchester to make this a reality!

You can keep up to date on all the latest news from Tyne and Wear Citizens by following us on Twitter or Facebook.