Thousands of people flocked to Clissold Park in north London last weekend (2nd July) for the 28th annual Day-mer Festival – and unionlearn, along with SERTUC, was on hand to promote union learning to festival goers.
Staff spoke to people about various learning offers and other ways that unions could help the, 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; “Day-mer is always a great opportunity to reach out and engage with people from local communities that we don’t often have much contact with. I spoke to loads of people throughout the day who were really interested in finding out how unions could support learning – in particular English skills.”
SERTUC Regional Secretary Megan Dobney said; “The Day-mer Festival is a fabulous event that brings together local communities to enjoy food, music and speakers. SERTUC has been involved for a number of years, and it’s always a pleasure to support the event and work with the organisers.”
Organisers estimated 15,000 people attended this year’s festival and were entertained by folk dance performances and concerts as well hearing from a variety of speakers.