Report from the Advocacy Training Day

Report written by Pat Smith

From January until the end of March there were 24 screenings organised by individuals, organisations and   community groups.   Many hundreds of people have attended the screenings all over Edinburgh and beyond, including Tranent, Selkirk, Innerleithen, Dunblane and Stirling.

The success of the screenings was largely due to the effort put in by local groups but we were enormously helped by the support and funding from UNITE the Union who paid for all the venues and provided equipment where needed.

The great thing is that many who have attended the screenings want to go further and do something to address the issues raised in the film.

On Saturday 13 May we organised our first Advocacy training day.  Thirty five people crowded into the UNITE offices in York Place. The training was delivered by Mike Vallance and Gordon Donald, both from ECAP  and by Sarah Glynn from the Scottish Unemployed Workers Campaign.  All three have a great deal of experience in supporting and advising claimants on a wide range of issues.

I think we may have been a little ambitious in trying to pack so much into  the three hours we had allocated but  our speakers did a sterling job within these constraints.   Having run the training day we are better able to  plan forthcoming events.. There is already further training in the pipeline.  In June there is training organised for a group of Unison Health workers and local training coming up in Westerhailes and in Innerleithen.

Next organising meeting

The next We are all Daniel Blake organising meeting is Saturday 22 April from 10.00 am in the Methodist Church,  25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

We will be discussing the next steps in our campaign.

Advocacy Training

This will be on Saturday 13 May in the UNITE Office in York Place – more details to follow

Report from March 11 organising meeting

The organising meeting on Saturday 11th March discussed the next steps in our campaigning.

Advocacy Training

The plan is to launch the training with a Saturday event in the UNITE offices in York Place with 4 or 5 trainers leading workshop groups. The proposed day is Saturday 29 April. More local training days are also being planned. Local groups can coordinate support and more easily organise rotas etc. One local group is already discussing trying to get a drop in centre.

UNITE Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions, Thursday 30 March.

We decided to holda protest outside High Riggs Jobs Centre over Government changes to Personal Independence Payments.  UNITE the Union may have other events in the course of the day.

ECAP Stall

ECAP (Edinburgh Campaign Against Poverty) will have a stall outside the High Riggs Job Centre from 10.30 – 12noon on Friday 17 March. You are welcome to come along if you can.

Organising update

Our group have had 17 screenings so far with 7 still to come. Where we have had reports they events have been extremely successful. Please do send reports of your screening!

We are aware of there screenings in the pipeline.  UNITE funding for the screenings will continue until the end of March. Thereafter, you can, of course, have screenings but you will need to apply directly to the distributors for a license for a public screening.

UNITE are supporting us on to the next step by allowing us to use the UNITE office in York Place for our Advocacy Training event. The date for that is not set yet but we have lots of people keen to come to that.

We have an organising meeting on Saturday 11 March from 10.00am in the Augustine Church, George 1V Bridge.

This will be an opportunity to discuss our next steps. Everyone is welcome.

 

The UNITE the Union’s Day of Action Against Benefit Sanctions will be on March 30. Do let people at your screenings know about this. we will have more details nearer the time.

One in Five

Great video by Scottish School Students looking at poverty in Scotland today

Updated list of forthcoming screenings

Confirmed events – entrance free

 

Saturday 25th March, Doors open at 11.30 at the Magdalene Community Centre, 106B Magdalene Drive, Edinburgh EH15 3BE. YES Craigmillar & Niddrie,

Tuesday 28 March 12 – 3pm at the Citadel Youth Centre, 175 Commercial St, Leith EH6 6JE

Thursday 30 March 7.30pm at The Society Hall, 27 Drum Street, Gilmerton, Edinburgh EH17 8RQ

Friday 31 March 6pm – 9pm at Tranent Loch Community Centre, Loch Road, Tranent EH33 2JX