The UNISON marquee was in prime position to join the festivities for Ventnor Day, held on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 14 August.
The community event hosted by the Ventnor Carnival Association and Ventnor Town Council, celebrated the the town’s community spirit with music, performance, stalls and food, within the picturesque and sunny setting of Ventnor Park.
There were activities for all ages and stalls from local and Island based community groups, charities, arts and crafts.
UNISON Isle of Wight Local Government Branch Secretary Mark Chiverton and UNISON Regional Organiser James Smith were joined during the day by Branch Treasurer, Steve Milford.
UNISON representatives engaged with attendees to promote the role of trade unions and let people know how to join UNISON. We also took the opportunity to remind existing union members of services available to them.
It was also a particularly valuable opportunity to publicise voting in the NHS pay ballot and publicise the wider campaign for a pay rise for public service workers.
UNISON Regional Organiser James Smith said, “In addition to demonstrating our support for the vibrant community in Ventnor, it was great to engage with so many UNISON members throughout the day.
“The hard work and strong reputation of UNISON’s Island branches was reflected in the pride of the members who we spoke to and our presence at such events reinforces how important UNISON is to the fabric of the Island community.”