Report by Unite Community Member Thomas Scott-Chambers
We had 10 members of the Polish Community come along to our First Advice Session in the Library and struggled to cope with the demand in the short time we had available. Luckily we had the support of a Polish lady from Doncaster who was on hand and has now agreed to join the Union.
People came along for support on a wide range of issues and wanted to know if we could make this a regular event and also asked if we could do a week day session too, this is something we would like to do in the near future it is clear that the demand is there. Other organisations also came along to offer support – something that we can look at as we take the initiative forward.
This was great start to our Community work in Doncaster. Keep an eye out for our next Advice Session Unite Community Doncaster.
Unite, the UK’s largest union and the Durham Miners Association (DMA) have joined forces to open a community centre in Red Hill, Durham which will support the local community. The new centre at Miners Hall, Red Hill, Durham, Co Durham, DH14BD, had its “Grand Opening” on Friday 15 November.
The centre will be open for two days a week (10am — 3pm, Wednesday -Thursday) offering help and support for individuals and for the community as a whole. The centre will allow people to learn new skills, provide support with welfare problems and support for people looking for work. The centre will also become a hub for the local community to campaign on welfare changes.
With devastating cuts, such as the Bedroom Tax, housing benefit cuts and ATOS to name a few, the centre will introduce Benefit Buddying, which will offer peer-to-peer support for many of the most vulnerable people who will suffer as a result of these cuts and who have difficulties with benefit claims. Unite Community aims to bring together and help give those in our society who would not normally have a voice.
This short film captures a few moments of day two of a Unite public speaking course run in the Barnsley NUM/Unite Community Centre. On day one activists were taken through the techniques of public speaking, delivery, planning structure and content. They then went away with homework to watch some speeches and to prepare a short speech themselves. Day two was made up of the activists, delivering their speeches to their fellow activists from the stage of the main hall. The results were breathtaking.