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Participant from Kuumba Imani Centre, Liverpool from the L8: A Better Place project, attending the Active Citizens International Study Visit in Mexico, Feb 2020.  ©

British Council Mexico

Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme which builds trust and understanding by supporting people to take action on issues they care about. The programme is open to implementation partners to apply, such as universities or grassroots organisations, who are fundamental to the programme. They nominate 'facilitators' to attend Active Citizens training in the UK and then share what they learn with participants in their local communities.

These participants, known as Active Citizens, work together on projects to address local issues and make their community a better place. Active Citizens also connect with each other globally to share learning, build networks and gain new ideas.

Active Citizens training equips people with the social leadership skills to build trust and understanding within and between communities, bringing them together to address social challenges. Through their training, they follow a powerful learning journey, which helps to build self-awareness and confidence, value the needs and perspectives of others, and deepen their understanding of the different systems that make up today’s interdependent world.

We have been running Active Citizens in England since the programme first started in 2009. We bring together people of different faiths, genders and generations, using arts and social enterprise to promote stronger cultural cohesion. Our focus in England has a strong emphasis on social cohesion, health, arts and the environment.

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