Citizenship & Integration Initiative
60 second overview
Trust for London, in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust and the Pears Foundation has established an initiative to support Londoners of all backgrounds to have meaningful opportunities to participate in the life of the city and the decisions that affect them. The Citizenship and Integration Initiative brings together funding from independent foundations, to work closely with the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to achieve this goal.
What's the issue?
The capital’s population is rapidly growing and changing. Roughly half of people moving to London are from abroad, and the other half are from the rest of the UK. But, whilst 640,000 Londoners have become British citizens in the past 11 years, 54 per cent of Londoners born abroad don’t hold a British passport. There are thousands of young Londoners who have grown up in the capital but cannot access higher education or work because they have irregular migration status. Brexit has made the future for many EU Nationals living in London uncertain. All of these groups want to contribute more to and fully engage with our society, but are not able to because of these barriers.
We want all Londoners to be able to be active citizens who are involved and invested in their city.
What are we doing?
The Citizenship and Integration Initiative has three goals with the Mayor of London:
- Supporting Londoners to be active citizens - encouraging active citizenship and increasing voter registration
- Tackling barriers and inequalities - supporting young Londoners and European Londoners to secure their legal rights
- Promoting shared experiences - creating a more hospitable environment
The CII has two main approaches to try and meet these goals:
- The first is to fund secondments from civil society organisations into the GLA's Social Integration team.
- The second is to support community-based projects that further the initiative's goals.
The Mayor has appointed a Deputy Mayor with a specific brief for Social Integration, and the GLA has made an equivalent investment into their new Social Integration team.
All partners in the Citizenship and Integration Initiative believe that the only way to achieve meaningful change towards its goals is for civil society organisations and the public sector to collaborate, drawing on the strengths and resources of all.
What have we funded?
The CII has now funded secondees into the GLA’s Social Integration Team from Migrants Organise, Citizens UK, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Just for Kids Law (Let us Learn), New Europeans, Hope Not Hateand Project 17. The GLA has made an equivalent investment into staffing posts in the Social Integration Team.
The secondees develop and deliver projects and policy ideas that progress the shared goals. In the first year, the secondees also supported the development of the GLA’s wider Social Integration Strategy, ‘All of Us’ which was launched in May 2018.
Project ideas developed by the secondees have been taken up by the GLA. The initiative has also provided funding for two projects outside of the GLA:
- Supporting the participation of local volunteering organisations in a research project to test interventions in Citizenship Ceremonies that will increase the take up of active citizenship opportunities
- A pilot to test the provision of legal advice to children with insecure status, based in primary schools and rooted in a community organising approach with parents. This is being delivered by Citizens UK in partnership with Coram Children's Legal Centre and King's College London.
What have we achieved?
The Mayor of London is working with Trust for London on his Initiative. Here are his comments about the project:
I want every Londoner to be able to actively participate in the life of our great city – that’s why we are working to help them access their citizenship rights, have their say in the decisions that affect them and feel like they have the opportunity to get to know their neighbour. By joining forces with the Trust for London, civil society organisations and independent funders, we can bring together our collective expertise and networks to achieve real change for Londoners and reach our shared goal of making London the most inclusive and open city in the world.
What's the Evidence?
This model is inspired by similar initiatives in the USA, but we believe that it is the first time it has been delivered here at scale. We appointed Renaisi as our independent learning partner to draw out learning, using this to inform practice across and between sectors, and sharing with other stakeholders, particularly in other city regions with devolved powers.
You can see the live tweets from the October 2019 event sharing the learning and planning for the future of the Citizenship and Integration Initiative here.
You can see an overview graphic on the work of young Londoners with insecure status here:
All governance and regulatory oversight lies with Trust for London.
An Advisory Board to the Initiative includes Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, contributing funders, civil society organisations and independent experts.
From our Twitter
Thanks to everyone who got involved in #LDNChallengePoverty Week this year fantastically coordinated by @4in10 , uniting voices against #poverty in #London & raising awareness of what can be done to tackle it. Let's build on this momentum & continue to work together to #SortItOut pic.twitter.com/PkY7HM1m4b20 Oct 2019
. @LAWALondon & @LBWPWomen recently released ‘A Roof, Not A Home’ addressing housing experiences of Black & minoritised women survivors of gender-based violence. The report explores the 1st year of the Trust funded project Women Against Homelessness & Abuse http://bit.ly/2W8oppQ pic.twitter.com/xOOtppEpFW23 Oct 2019
We’re proud to be part of the Migration Exchange as funders aiming to improve the lives of migrants & receiving communities. The network is looking for proposals to deliver a Leadership Development for #SocialChange programme. Closing 11 Nov, details here http://bit.ly/33WuzvX pic.twitter.com/1L1UTh0NF623 Oct 2019
Today the International #CleanAirSummit will be held in #London , bringing together policy makers and experts to explore the global issue of #AirPollution . @MayorofLondon Sadiq Khan argues that extra funding for environmental issues is key https://on.ft.com/33QijwW23 Oct 2019