Greater Manchester Citizens

14 April 2017

Invitation from Sir Peter Fahy QPM, Chair of Greater Manchester Citizens Sponsor Group


Founding and Regional Mayoral Election Assembly of Greater Manchester Citizens

Monday May 1st The Lowry Theatre; Salford Docks.

Founding and Election Assembly 13.45 to 16.00


Dear Scout Teams in Greater Manchester


On behalf of Citizens UK, Greater Manchester Citizens, we cordially invite you to the launch of Greater Manchester Citizens and the historic first Regional Mayoral Election Assembly on May 1st at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays.


This invitation is to the Greater Manchester Citizens Mayoral Assembly that will be produced by community groups who have come together to identify the key issues facing people in the region. It will be attended by the main candidates for the post of Regional Mayor standing for election as well as Council, Business, Religious and Civic leaders from across the Greater Manchester Regional Area.


The Greater Manchester Citizens (GMC) Assembly itself will start at 14.00 with a dramatic roll call of the diverse founding local member institutions of GMC, hearing powerful testiomonies from ordinary people on social care, living wage, homelessness/housing and how we tackle hate crime to make Greater Manchester an area where people from all walks of life get on with each other. This is a family community private assembly and there will be music, drama, comedy and much more! For the last 18 months I have had the privilege of working with the Founding Partners (and funders) of GMC which include The RC Diocese of Salford, Human Appeal, OXFAM, North West UNISON, The Tudor Trust, The Peoples Health Trust and The Jesuits. We are grateful for the help and support of Citizens UK. GMC will join with other Citizens Alliances across the country in their shared task of developing citizens’ capacity to participate in public life, supporting and strengthening their civic institutions and working together for the common good.


Citizens UK was founded in 1989 and is the home of community organizing. It is best known for the Real Living Wage Campaign which was launched in 2001 and now has over 3,000 accredited Living Wage employers, with a growing number in the Greater Manchester area. It also drives Safe Passage UK which has rescued over 1,000 unaccompanied children with families in the UK from Calais, along with 93 local Refugee Welcome Groups. Although these national actions are remarkable what is less well known is the hundreds of local actions that member groups achieve in their neighbourhoods, towns and cities – from challenging hate crime, stopping pollution, radical local housing projects and working with local politicians to find solutions to shared problems.


Greater Manchester Citizens has recruited numerous institutions; ranging from NGOs, trade union branches, schools, faith communities and some of the central universities and students’ unions in the Greater Manchester region. They have pledged to work together to strengthen civil society, develop a new generation of civic leaders and to ensure that the crucial voice and interests of this sector are heard and represented at all levels of public life. The opportunity to engage with the Regional Mayoral challenge and with the main candidates has been a blessing for us, hence the Assembly on May 1st.

GMC is a non-partisan citizens Alliance. Members have crafted a radical, practical and achievable Citizens Agenda for Greater Manchester and this will be given to the main candidates to study by

April 1st. This will give them and their teams time to prepare and research the several proposals in this GMC Citizens Agenda.

The GMC Assembly will bring together over 1,500 people from all walks of life to celebrate being organized citizens across Greater Manchester. They will speak on the key issues that are faced by Greater Manchester citizens today, including personal testimony, gathered from a multitude of sources. These stories will be presented along with drama and music from local schools and colleges, before the main Mayoral candidates respond to the Citizens Agenda and share briefly why we should vote for them.

It is important to understand that GMC is a permanent alliance that exists for the good times and the less good – for opportunities like elections and for challenges like Brexit. Looking forward, we seek to expand and be even more diverse in our membership working in the local area, and with members with roots across all the local authorities in the region. On May 1st GMC will be seeking a working relationship not just with the main Mayoral Candidates, especially the winner, but with you and most importantly with each other. We welcome any feedback or advice you may have after the event.

We would be delighted if you could attend with your family to share this powerful civil society event, support the launch of Greater Manchester Citizens and hear the issues that face our local area, and to see the work of communities coming together, in action.

Please RVSP and register your tickets with your family on the following Eventbrite link –

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact our organiser: We are conscious this is a public holiday so are encouraging families to attend. It will be a wonderful historic day with the Assembly being the biggest event of the Mayoral Election and would love to see the full diversity of Greater Manchester present. Please do spread the word to others in your organisation/community who would also like to attend.

I look forward to welcoming you on May 1st at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays

Yours sincerely,

Sir Peter Fahy, QPM Chair of Greater Manchester Citizens.