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.


Please see links below relating to the latest joint trade union update and a copy of the pay protection policy.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0191 561 2733 or email me at

joint trade union update January 2018

Pay Protection Policy SCAS

Drop In Sessions

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

Tuesday the 2nd October 2018

Leechmere Training Centre

  • 9:30am to 11:00am
  • 11:00am to 12:00noon
Meeting room 2
  • 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Meeting room 2
  • 1:15pm to 2:15pm
  • 2:30pm to 3.30pm
  • 3:45pm to 4:45pm
  • 5:30pm to 6.30pm
Meeting room 1
  • 6:45pm to7:45pm
Meeting room 1
  • 8.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting room 1

Wednesday the 3rd October 2018

The Hetton Centre

  • 10:00am – 12:00am

Fulwell Resource Centre

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Washington Resource Centre

  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Please make every effort to try and attend, if non-UNISON members wish to attend they can join at one of the sessions.


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.