The 30th annual Day-Mer festival in Clissord Park, north London, once again attracted thousands of people last Sunday (7th July) keen to listen to music, taste street food, hear speakers and check out stalls – including one from unionlearn and TUC LESE (London, Eastern and South East).
TUC and unionlearn staff took the opportunity to speak to festival goers about various learning offers available and other ways that unions could help them, both at work and in the community.
Day-Mer is an event organised by London’s Turkish and Kurdish communities and it wasn’t surprising that one of the most popular subjects to be raised was ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The boxes of Quick Reads that had been bought along were quickly snapped up along with information on apprenticeships.
Adrian Ryan, unionlearn Project Officer said:
Unionlearn has been attending Day-Mer for a number of years now and it is a great opportunity for us to reach out and engage with workers and their families from local communities that we don’t often have much contact with.”
Throughout the day I spoke to lots of people who were really interested in finding out how unions could support learning – in particular English skills, but also our offer on maths, digital skills and how we support apprenticeships.”
TUC LESE Regional Secretary Sam Gurney said:
The Day-Mer Festival is a fabulous event that brings together local communities to enjoy food, music and speakers. The regional TUC is proud to have been involved again this year and support this event whilst promoting trade union learning and ways that unions can support members of the Turkish and Kurdish communities.”
Organisers estimated 15,000 people attended this year’s festival and were entertained by music, including Anatolian rock pioneers Moğollar and dance performances as well hearing from a variety of speakers.