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How you can make a difference in the General Election

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With the countdown to the General Election well and truly under way, a new training session that aims to help people engage with a range of issues is being planned for Reading.

CitizensUK, which launched the Living Wage Campaign, will be coming to St Laurence’s church on Tuesday, February 17, for a morning session which will look at social justice questions of the moment.

The event has been organised by the Diocese of Oxford is working with CitizensUK to offer training to members of congregations interested in making a difference.


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The two-hour session will cover core skills of how to effectively engage and challenge local candidates on a range of issues.

It will also offer participants an opportunity to work with CitizensUK on two national campaigns – one to tackle loneliness and social isolation, the other to ensure people who come to the UK fleeing violence abroad are properly protected.

This event is also being supported by the Reading-based Mustard Tree Foundation which strives to identify, support and empower the misunderstood and overlooked in our local communities – through a ‘family’ of local projects.

Numbers are limited, and organisers will offer places on a first-come, first served basis. If there is a high level of interest, the training can be repeated. There is no charge and refreshments

The event takes place at St Laurence’s church in Friar Street, Reading, on Tuesday, February 17 from 10am until 12.30pm, with a light lunch afterwards. CitizensUK is not charging for this training, and the Diocese will be contributing venue and refreshments.


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In the 2010 General Election CitizensUK said it worked with churches across the country to campaign to end the detention of children for immigration purposes. This time five years ago over 1,000 children were locked up indefinitely, many having fled persecution abroad, now at most nine are held for a maximum of 72 hours in a facility operated by Barnados.

For more details, email Alison Webster from the Diocese of Oxford.

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