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New union community centre for Great Yarmouth

New union community centre for Great Yarmouth

12 February 2014

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is opening a community centre in Great Yarmouth which will support the local community.

The new centre at Herois do Mar Community Centre, Broad Row, Great Yarmouth NR30 1HT, will have its official launch on Saturday 15 February between 8pm and 10pm where the public and press will be able to meet the organisers and volunteers and see what the centre has to offer.

The centre will be open every Thursday 10am to 4pm offering help and support for individuals and the community as a whole. The centre will provide a place for 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 local issues including welfare changes.

Many of the most vulnerable people are suffering as a result of devastating cuts, such as the Bedroom Tax, housing benefit cuts and ATOS. The community centre will be providing welfare rights training so that local people can get knowledge of the welfare system and support each other with some of the problems they are experiencing.

With unemployment running at 4,600 in Great Yarmouth and over 11 percent  of young people out of work – the centre’s services will be a vital resource for the local community adversely affected by government’s cuts to services and social security payments.

Unite regional secretary Pete Kavanagh 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 Great Yarmouth 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 Pilgrim Tucker said: “I am pleased that we are opening this centre in Great Yarmouth 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.

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For further information please contact Unite community coordinator Pilgrim Tucker 07970 126 249 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.