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SIPTU Communities Uniting 

Location: UK » Northern Ireland » BT

Community groups are the very core of our society.

At present in the North of Ireland over 27,000 people work in the community and voluntary sector. They are for the most part dedicated people who work
long, often unsociable hours for low pay. Tens of thousands more
volunteer week in, week out, supporting in many cases the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society.

Community organisations provide frontline services to our people and
already cushion the impact of poor healthcare, low wages and
inadequate government funding. These organisations provide and support
care for our elderly, childcare for our working parents, support for
victims of domestic violence, access to education and training for
those seeking a return to employment. Critically their commitment to
cross community work continually supports victims of the political
conflict on all sides while taking our youth off the streets and
assisting them engage in constructive activities and past times.

However can you imagine a world where these services and supports were
no longer available? Just imagine, what would our communities look like?

Right now vital community services and the people that provide them
are under threat of cutbacks and closures but who will pay the
ultimate cost? It will be the most disadvantaged, the most vulnerable
in our communities that will suffer. It will be your local elderly
care project that will close. It will be your local youth clubs that
will close and it will be your childcare projects that will go to the
wall. It will be the projects, their employees, their clients, their
neighbours and our children who will suffer. Already some key services
are closing their doors and some providers are spending as much time
trying to source funding as they are providing the services that their
clients need.

Cuts to frontline community services, will not only mean jobs lost to
the economy but the reduction of vital services. Service’s that none
of us can afford to do without. SIPTU believes that all of our local
politicians and all of our executive ministers, should join with our
communities in vigorously opposing cuts to frontline services.

Join with SIPTU in our campaign to stand up for communities. Let’s
unite our communities to ensure that they win the protection and
recognition that they deserve!

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