Local issues

Appeal on behalf of Croxteth Gems made by Stephen Twigg MP:

Under this Government, support for the most vulnerable is reducing and more people are being forced to use foodbanks.

I am determined to support the organisations who help families during the Christmas period and am keen to work in partnership with Unison and other trade unions to do this.

The Croxteth Gems, a youth association working with young people from all over Merseyside, will be helping 100 families this Christmas. The families will be referred from schools, other children centres in the area and charities. This project is called the Twelve Days of Christmas and will provide toys, presents, food, decorations and wider support for families at an expensive time of year.

I asked how we could help and they made two clear requests:

1)Can we donate advent calendars so they can hand them out

2)Can we donate Christmas lights, decorations and trees (new or old)

This request stemmed from a visit in recent years that saw a family’s only Christmas decoration being a drawing of a tree on a piece of paper.

Therefore, I would like to ask Unison to:

Consider asking in their workplaces for their members to bring in old (or new) Christmas decorations, Christmas lights and even Christmas trees (artificial, please), and also to donate advent calendars.

I would be happy to come to the branch and speak to officers about the importance of this project.

Best wishes


Stephen Twigg MP - Liverpool West Derby

Members with items to donate should contact Branch Office.