Sunderland Care and Support

Julie Graham
Sub Branch Secretary’s Blog


Hello, I have been Sub Branch Secretary for Sunderland Care and Support for the just over 4 years and came into this post because I am passionate about fairness in the workplace for all colleagues and with the backing of UNISON we have had some great successes along the way.

As part of my role I support members with any formal meetings they wish me to attend such as sickness reviews, capability, grievance’s and disciplinary, or if you just need general advise or to query something you have been told.  I also have access to the company’s policies and procedures if you need me to check something.

I have a dedicated team of Workplace Stewards who are also there to help members but would love more members to come on board.  All new stewards receive full accredited training from UNISON to help them in their role.

I attend Joint Consultation Forums which I will now refer to as JCF’s. The JCF’s are where the Employer and the Unions meet to discuss matters of concern or any changes to the service for example: changing rotas or working patterns, restructures and much more.

Drop In Sessions

UNISON has arranged numerous drop-in sessions to update members on the current proposals, which will be held on:

Monday 30th October 2017

Leechmere, meeting room 2

  • 10.00am to 11.00am
  • 11.00am to 12.00noon
  • 12.45pm to 13.45pm
  • 14.00pm to 15.00pm
  • 15.15pm to 16.15pm
  • 16.30pm to 17.30pm
  • 17.45pm to 18.45pm
  • 20.30pm to 21.30pm

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Hetton Centre

  • 14.00pm to 15.30pm

Washington Resource Centre

  • 16.00pm to 17.30pm
Thursday 2nd November 2017

Farnborough Court

  • 13.30pm to 15.00pm

Fulwell Resource Centre

  • 15.30pm to 17.00pm

Please try and attend one of the above session if you have any concerns or feedback around the current proposals.


For advice on Pensions you can ring Lighthouse Financial 0800 858 590 or visit our pension update page.

Contact details

I am at the UNISON branch office Monday to Wednesday and can be contacted on 0191 561 2733 or email me on

Alternatively you can contact one of our dedicated workplace stewards.

  • Adam Lowe
    0191 553 2730