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Local Contacts

Stephanie Leonard
North and West London

Stephanie Leonard has been a community organiser with Citizens UK since January 2015 and is the founder of Stand Up Stand Out.

Working with migrant youth leaders, Stephanie built SUSO to tackle issues of immigration and youth voice. Since its beginnings in the summer of 2015, SUSO has trained hundreds of young people in community organising and has taken on issues of local and national significance that have been covered by national press, including the BBC, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and more.

Alongside SUSO, Stephanie works with 18 diverse civic institutions across Camden and Islington, North London and has trained local residents to win meaningful change in their communities. This include ensuring the Conservative government resettle 1000 Syrian refugees before Christmas in 2015… winning public commitments from local councils in Camden and Islington to commit to resettling Syrian refugee, with Camden and Islington being the most successful Syrian resettlement boroughs in London…forcing a national debt company to change its unethical and misinformed advertising across the UK and negotiated with Google and the Wellcome Trust to provide Living Wage jobs for all its employees.

Outside of CUK Stephanie sits on the advisory board for the Patchwork Foundation and has an MSc in ‘Social Development Practice’ (SDP), awarded distinction from University College London. Her thesis ‘’The Negotiated City’ is a required reading for the MSc SDP Programme at UCL. Before working at Citizens UK Stephanie worked for a number of charities focusing on youth and community participation for social change, both in London and overseas.

Ana Ferreira
East and South London

Ana Ferreira has been organising with Citizens UK since 2013 and in September 2016 joined the SUSO team to broaden our participation with the Latin American community. Alongside SUSO, Ana is a community organiser for Southwark, South London and has gained significant wins for local residents, including a commitment for the first Community Land Trust in Southwark, an EAL charter to improve pupils language learning experience at Notre Dame Secondary School and more policing around Surrey Square School to make students feel safer.

Ana has created 5 citysafe zones in Southwark with over 60 safe havens and a road show with over 300 young people celebrating citysafe. Ana brough 500 Latin American leaders to the Copperbox the largest London Mayoral Assembly in history and delivers community organising training in Spanish and Portuguese.

Outside of organising Ana Worked with Queen Mary University as a co-author of the first study on Brazilians residing in London and as a researcher for the “No Longer invisible” research, the largest study on Latin Americans in London, and its most recent update. Ana has also worked as a researcher for the Themis project; to understand the evolution of the Brazilian immigration at the UK, at the Institute of immigration at Oxford University.

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