Community group aims to launch branch in Swindon

By Ben Fitzgerald - 20 April 2020

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A new group launching in Swindon believes community organising is the way forward with people looking out for each other.

ACORN Swindon will launch via a ZOOM meeting 5pm-7pm on 25th April. You can join the meeting by registering on Eventbrite when a link to the meeting will be emailed to you. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/acorn-community-organising-workshop-tickets-98961415257

The charity, "a community based union of working class people" is a member-led campaigning organisation. 

Members often organise training workshops. Campaigns are launched to defend members in the face of evictions and poor living conditions where landlords are unwilling to make improvements.

Some branches are tackling the problems of local transport systems and local environmental issues, uniting with other organisations to strengthen their voices.

ACORN is a member led organisation bringing people together, be they council, housing association or private tenants: defending rights but also challenging policies. Recently they forced the TSB and NATWEST to change discriminatory policies against people on benefits.

Founding member Gary Green said ‘I’ve always been passionate that everyone should be able to afford a decent, secure home. I’ve been horrified by the rise of homelessness and stories of the terrible conditions some people are living in. I’m looking forward to getting started. We will elect group officers at the meeting and start to work on local campaigns. If people are interested, they should come to the meeting. We are also interested to hear from anyone who is threatened with eviction or has poor living standards. Our Facebook page is ACORN Swindon http://www.facebook.com/ACORNSwindon/. All the details are there.’

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