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Founded in Bristol in 2014, ACORN is a mass membership organisation and network of low-income people organising for a fairer deal for our communities.


The idea is simple but ambitious – to build a national community organisation along the lines of a trade union; organising our communities and fighting for a better quality of life. What began with a few local residents trying to tackle slum housing in their neighbourhood has quickly developed into a national organisation with thousands of members and branches across the country.

We think inequality and social problems are about power. We believe that the only way we’ll see meaningful action is if we can counter the power of money and establishment politics with the power of people taking collective action. Everyone has the right to a place at the table and ACORN puts community organisation at the heart of the fight for economic and social justice.

Every day we hear the issues facing our communities: rising housing costs, stagnant wages and brutal cuts that have starved our public services. Wealth is being transferred upwards, and the only solution is for people to get organised and win it back.

Nurses, shop workers, delivery drivers, carers and parents: we raise the young, support the elderly, and produce the country’s wealth. We power society, and we are entitled to our fair share.

We know we can win because we’ve already started. In a few years we have grown from a small group in a single neighbourhood into a national organisation that is influencing politics at the highest levels, taking-on big banks, rogue landlords and multinational companies. Our victories already add up to £millions, but ACORN is more than just pounds and pence – we are showing that, by working together, we can refresh and rebuild democracy and the fabric of our communities.

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Member Defence & Community Solidarity

October 13, 2020

Damp, dangerous and unhealthy living conditions, eviction if you dare complain or the landlord wants you out to raise the rent or for no reason at all, repairs not made, deposits and rent stolen; the problems faced by tenants are well known. While fighting...

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Affordable Housing

January 31, 2020

ACORN members have been at the forefront of campaigns for genuinely affordable housing, fighting developers and holding politicians to account over quotas and running community campaigns for new developments to be accessible to members of the local community in which they’re built.

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Renters Vote

December 20, 2019

Renters Vote is an initiative led by ACORN – the union for the community. For the past five years, we’ve been organising renters across the UK.   Homeless, temporary housed and private renters – we are aiming to mobilise those most excluded by the voting system...

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