King’s Joins Founding Assembly of Citizens Somerset
King’s Schools is now a member of Citizens UK Somerset – a powerful new alliance of civil society organizations – which was launched on 26 March 2019.
Our Chaplain, Father Mark, has led our schools, together with other schools, colleges, churches, and community groups into full membership of this new alliance.
Pupils at both schools have been training in the use of the tools of ‘Community Organizing’ to build relationships and develop a shared agenda to tackle social justice issues in our area. Some of the issues raised at the launch by our pupils are pollution of the oceans, community safety and policing and the proliferation of vaping, tattoo and betting shops in Taunton.
A citizens’ alliance brings together a wide range of institutions, which together use their collective power to take action on a range of issues, build accountable relationships with politicians, civil servants and business leaders, and rebuild and strengthen communities. This alliance has been built to take action for the common good of the area and Father Mark is keen to ensure that young voices are heard in this process.
Commenting, Father Mark said:
“We believe the launch of Citizens Somerset, as a truly broad-based civil society alliance, is a living testament to the Christian values we strive to teach our pupils a healthy democracy with civil society at its heart. At this historic event, we made a commitment to peace, participation and reweaving the fabric of civil society.”
Amidst the celebration, powerful stories, (including pupils from King’s College and King’s Hall School) and pledges of hard work, laid the foundations for a new wave of action for social justice.
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970