Spread the word – Grand Opening 15th November

The new Unite/DMA Community Support Centre will be holding an opening event on Friday 15th November.

Please spread the word.  A downloadable version of the event poster is at the bottom of this post.

Durham opening poster

If you have printing facilities, please ask local doctors, shops etc. if they would be willing to display a poster and show their support for the new centre.

Durham opening poster to download


Unite Activists Up-skill to Get our Message out through Old and New Media

On the 23rd and 24th October 23 Unite Community Activist, Workplace Reps and Unite Officials attended a Graphic Design and New Media course. The emphasis was on gaining practical skills to assist with our campaigns and get our message out to a wider audience.  These two days assisted to link our Community and Workplace agendas: with the central aim to WIN both industrially and in wider society.

The materials produced on day 1 covered our campaigns on :- Food Banks, ATOS, Yorkshire Ambulance dispute, workplace education, benefits and the bedroom tax.

Graphic Design and New Media Course Oct 2013

Activists on the course

new materials

A range of new campaigning materials was produced by the newly trained activists

Day 2 concentrated on assessing the usefulness of New Media and how to dovetail both to assist WIN our campaigns. Each attendee was tasked to produce blog around their particular campaign.

Tim McSharry (Head of Disability and Diversity Access Committee for Leeds) Unite Community Activist commented. ‘Just a quick note on behalf of Phil, Damian and me, to offer
our most sincerest thanks to you and Unite the Union for yesterday`s Digital Media Training.
The training was outstanding and it will undoubtedly enable us to raise our game across every aspect of our campaigning and peer-advocacy work. You and Neil should hopefully receive the proof of the pudding in the near future. With many thanks again and very kindest regards, Tim.

These courses are part of a series of practical schools to assist build the skills set of our Community Activists. Public Speaking Courses are planned for Barnsley and Durham in November.

If you have any ideas on what courses you would like delivered  (for example making good use of Twitter) please contact me on 0779 111 3806 or email me on david.condliffe@unitetheunion.org

Grand Opening: 15th November 2013

A joint venture between Unite and the Durham Miners Association will see a new Community Centre opening in Durham. We would like to invite as many of you as possible to come down and see all of the fantastic features that the centre offers and how you can become involved.

Grand Opening 15th of November 2 p.m.

The community centre offers help and support for individuals and for the community as a whole. The centre will allow people to:
• Learn new skills
• Gain support with welfare problems
• Campaign on welfare changes
• Gain community activist training
• Get involved with your local community
• Receive help and support in looking for work

With devastating cuts coming into effect such as the Bedroom Tax, housing benefit cuts and ATOS to name a few, the centre will introduce Benefit Buddying. This feature will offer peer-to-peer support for the many people who will suffer as a result of the cuts and who have difficulties with benefit claims.

To find out how the new community centre can help you, or to see how you can become involved with the community and campaigning, pop down to the centre on the 15th of November from 2pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information Please contact Joe Rollin Email joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org