Unite, the UK’s largest union, is opening a community centre in Milton, Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow (Wednesday 25 November), which will support the local community during the tough times caused by the government’s austerity agenda.
The new centre at Hardman Centre, Millrise Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7DN will have its ‘grand opening at 12.00 when the public and media will be able to meet the volunteers and see what the centre has to offer.
The centre will initially be open on Wednesdays (10.00–14.00), offering help and support for individuals and for the community as a whole.
From January 2016, it will also open on Fridays (12.00–16.00). The centre, which will be staffed by volunteers, 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 against detrimental welfare changes.
Unite regional community coordinator Shaun Pender said: “I am really proud of what the Stoke Unite Community branch has achieved. It has built a community resource that will offer strong support to many of those who have suffered from the government attacks on the vulnerable.
“With more cuts to come in tax credits and housing benefit, many more working families are going to need advice and support.
“Once again, Unite has shown itself to be a union that is committed to the values of compassion and social justice.”
In addition to the centre in Milton, Unite will be operating outreach centres at the following venues:
Meir Community House, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 6DW on Thursdays 10.00-14.00 and will alternate with Longton Central Hall, The Strand, Longton ST3 2JH 10.00-12.00. These will run on alternate Thursdays, starting in Longton on Thursday 26 November.
For further information please contact Unite community coordinator Shaun Pender on 07885 803449 and/or Unite communications officer Martin Scanlon on 07764 655751.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 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, support and organise those in our communities who would normally not be represented.