Get involved

Anyone interested in helping support the work of the United Nations Association and promoting UN values here in the UK is welcome to join the UNA-UK.  If you live in the London and South-East Region you will then be assigned to one of the local branches closest to your home.

If you wish to get involved with your local branch you need to apply to them separately as memberships of local branches are organised independently of membership of the UNA-UK.

Local branches in the London and South-East Region are as follows:-

  • Bexhill and Hastings
  • Blackheath and Greenwich. Contact: Neville Grant, 020 8858 8489.
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford and District
  • Deal – The Deal Branch of the United Nations Association hosts three or four events a year, these will include an annual fundraiser, Hiroshima Day event, public meetings, film showings. Our events often attract local media coverage. And, we try to take part in the United Nations Service for world Peace held annually in Canterbury. Our most recent event, which I would urge other branches to consider, was a showing of “the Calais Children – a case to answer” – about what happened to the children left behind when the Jungle was cleared. Contact: Pam Brivio (co-ordinator),, 01304 225078.
  • East London and Woodford
  • Eastbourne Our branch has a small active membership and a healthy list of local supporters who are prepared to attend meetings, as well as local businesses who support our projects. Our local programme usually consists of talks with invited speakers on a range of environmental and human rights issues. Attendances vary between 25 and 40 on average. All meetings are open to the public and are held usually in the Town Hall, Eastbourne. Human Rights day is celebrated each year in the town centre which gives our branch the opportunity of publicising our presence in the community. Our branch is especially active in environmental work, particularly with respect to climate change, through its links with partners in Uganda. Our work there includes tree planting, workshops for nutrition, first aid training, and the supply of lifejackets for the fishing communities on Lake Victoria.See our website for details and how to support our projects. For general information please contact Ian Elgie (Hon Chair),, 07704 178011.
  • Enfield and the Barnets. Contact Bill Linton 020 3105 1892.
  • Finchley Contact: Mrs Anna O’Meara, 020 8445 7119.
  • Highgate and Muswell Hill
  • Lewisham
  • Merton -We have meetings and workshops on UN-related events and developments. In recent years, we have had sessions on the UN Charter and UN Reform; on aspects of Security (Human Security, Sustainable Security, Nuclear and General Disarmament); on aspects of Development (the Millennium Development Goals, the Millennium Villages, the UN Global Compact), on the Environment (Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Climate Change) and on Human Rights – relevant to every issue.We fund-raise for UN-related causes including UNICEF, Refugees, and victims of man-made and natural disasters. Our chief fund-raising event is a Car Boot Sale in the summer at St Mary’s Field, Arthur Road, when the church make the field available.We lobby for political action to support the aims of the UN Charter (peace, justice and democratic governance for all).We co-sponsor a weekly Peace Vigil beside Wimbledon Library from 6:00-7:00 pm on Fridays. For more information please contact: Alison Williams,, 020 8944 0574.
  • Streatham and Clapham Contact: Sarah Webster,, 020 8769 5095.
  • Sutton and Croydon Contact: Jas Weir,, 020 8647 2462.
  • Tunbridge Wells and Wealden Contact Julia Jarrod,
  • Twickenham and Richmond Members of UNA Twickenham & Richmond (TRUNA) are interested in the whole spectrum of UN concerns, with a current focus on:*The Middle East
    *Climate change
    *Issues relating to peace and conflict – from conflict prevention to arms control and nuclear weapons – are also major concerns for TRUNA members. While TRUNA does not normally campaign on these issues as a UN Association, individual members are often active in such campaigns. TRUNA also publicises the meetings of its nearest UNA-UK neighbour, UNA Wandsworth.TRUNA has for some time held meetings about three-four times a year at the Adelaide Pub in Teddington, but this pattern is changing. The best source of information is the TRUNA Newsletter (see below) and the TRUNA entry on the UNA-UK website: Contact: Rodney Mantle,, 020 8892 4628.
  • Wandsworth What with three public meetings each year, planning meetings, an annual religious service, summer and winter socials, Wandsworth UNA is usually quite active. Although we advertise our meetings locally by way of emails, the UNA website, our local SW15 website, friends and flyers, expense prohibits us from advertising more widely. That said, we can usually count on perhaps twenty to twenty-five regulars. Bearing in mind that we rely on donations and receive nothing from HQ, we’re certain that with more funding, we could do a better job.
    As always, the Branch depends on a few elderly stalwarts so the burning question of younger replacements must be answered? Other branches face similar problems but perhaps its something that might be properly addressed by HQ possibly by way of a one-off but not too expensive London-wide adverting campaign. I prefer to be optimistic and there may be no answer in which case the end result (at least for Wandsworth) is obvious. Rob Storey (Chair)Details regarding Wandsworth UNA activities can be found at
    Our next public meeting ‘Freedom of Speech’ is on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at 7:30 pm to be held at the Community Church, Werter Road, Putney SW15 2LL. All are welcome and refreshments are available. Contact: Rob Storey (Chair), 020 3072 0087 or 07776 356334; Meena Storey (Secretary), 020 3072 0087.
  • WestminsterWestminster UNA flagship events include the conference and Cenotaph ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers; and International Law Lecture and We the Peoples Film Festival.  We also have a Young Professionals group, details on the website.  To join, please contact David Wardrop,, 0207 385 6738.

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