As we approach Christmas Unite is asking its branches and members to give support to our local communities.

This year many families face a combination of factors that will cause serious hardship this Christmas. Energy and food bills have sky-rocketed, the Covid crisis continues, the Government has ended furlough and has cut Universal Credit throwing millions into poverty. Choosing between heating and eating is the stark reality for too many families.

Of course, we know that food banks and charity are not the solution to poverty. Under the leadership of our new General Secretary, Sharon Graham Unite will focus on winning jobs, pay and conditions to improve the lives of our members, their families and the communities they live in. And we will also call out the government out on its failures.

But our union can also offer immediate help to those hardest hit. Last year our Christmas appeal raised more than £100,000 which provided vital support to foodbanks and grass-roots charities across our nations. Solidarity is about looking after one another, which is why as a union we do not sit back while families struggle to feed their families or buy Christmas toys for their kids.

What branches and members can do:

  • Make a financial donation to your local food bank
  • Start a collection at your workplace – find out from your food bank what is needed. As well as food, it could be toys, warm children’s coats and shoes for winter.
  • Ask your employer to match fund what Unite gives to support the appeal
  • Ask your members to donate individually to Unite’ Christmas Appeal

To find out how members and branches can donate and how to get in touch with your local food bank and charities contact with your nearest Unite Community branch please email [email protected]

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