Unite, the UK’s largest union, is joining forces with the Malcolm X Centre and other local organisations in Bristol to form the Unite Community Malcolm X Centre.
The community centre at 141 City Road, Bristol, BS2 8YH will be officially opening on Friday 6 June at 11am. Situated in the heart of St Pauls and only a short walk from Bristol city centre it will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3pm offering help and support for individuals and the community as a whole.
The centre will offer practical help and advice on a range of issues such as workplace rights, legal support, training, benefits and debt. Many of the most vulnerable people are suffering as a result of devastating cuts, such as the Bedroom Tax, housing benefit cuts and unemployment. The centre will be a home to local campaigns for a better Bristol for all.
Unite regional chair Kevin Terry said: “This is an exciting development which brings Unite back into the heart of our local communities. Our members can be confident that we are aware of the local issues and that Unite is seeking to work with the people of Bristol to address them.
“We will be working with local campaign groups so we can ensure that our members’ voices can be heard and that issues that matter to them are top of the local agenda.”
Unite regional community coordinator Brett Sparks said: “I am pleased that we are opening this centre in Bristol where the local community is in great need of support and centre will go some way to providing that assistance.
“Our experience of working with local groups and individuals ensures that issues which matter to people are campaigned for. The centre will become a focal point for making those changes.”
Unite opened five such centres last year – in Barnsley, Belfast, Cinderford, Tower Hamlets in East London and Durham and will be opening another in Doncaster on 9 June.
For further information please contact Unite community coordinator Brett Sparks 07702 874585 or Unite communications officer Martin Scanlon on 07764 655 751.
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
Unite Community membership scheme and our community coordinators aim to bring together, help give a voice to and organise those in our communities who would normally not be heard