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Unite the union opening community hub to help unemployed in Great Yarmouth

10:26 13 February 2014

View south along Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth towards the town hall.

Picture: James Bass

View south along Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth towards the town hall. Picture: James Bass

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

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The centre, which will be based at the Herois do Mar Community Centre in Broad Row, is officially launching on Saturday, from 8pm and 10pm, before opening its doors to the public from 10am to 4pm every Thursday.

With thousands of people unemployed in Yarmouth and over 11 per cent of young people in the town out of work, Unite said the centre’s services will be a “vital resource” for a community hit hard by government’s cuts to services and social security payments.

Unite regional community coordinator Pilgrim Tucker said: “I am pleased that we are opening this centre in 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.”

The centre will, he said, provide a place for people to learn new skills, get support with welfare problems and look for work. The union hope it will eventually become a hub for the community to campaign on local issues including welfare changes.

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5 comments

  • "Help them look for work" ?. very commendable, but where are the jobs, unless they are getting them jobs on the council ?. Keep an eye on the number employed by the council

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    "V"

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Oh great Unite the union that fixes elections. Maybe that's how some of these councilors keep their jobs. Yarmouth make sure to watch them closely next election.

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    margery

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Broad Row after dark? I don't think anybody is that brave.

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    Kevin Quinn

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Rovi - It's the first line of the Portuguese national anthem and one part of Broad Row is little Lisbon the other part is Little Lithuania.

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    Kevin Quinn

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Who came up with the name Herois do Mar? I can translate but why this name?

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    rovi

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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