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New Computer Suite Launch!

DECV / GMB Open Day – New Computer Suite Launch

Many thanks to John Healey MP for attending the opening of our new computer suite at DECV, alongside the leader of Barnsley Council Steve Houghton, local councillors Pauline Phillips and Annette Gollick and representatives for GMB and Dearne Valley College. The new resources were obtained through funds donated by the GMB Trade Union Learning Project. DECV now has 8 new computers, enabling the continued delivery of lifelong learning opportunities to the local community.  The Suite will mainly be used for ICT and Employability Skills Training in the centre.


Community Learning and Skills Open Day

Lifelong Learning centre

Venue – DECV / Thurnscoe Library – Lifelong Learning Centre
12th February 2015
10.00am – 16.00pm

GMB Working Towards Work and DECV are holding a Community Learning and Skills Open day.

Lifelong Learning centre

In attendance will be a range of providers and useful organisations.  These Include:

Dearne Valley College
Fleetmasters Training
Sure Start
Coalfields Regen Trust
Voluntary Action Barnsley


There will be information on accessing a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities including:

Fork Lift truck Training
Volunteering, apprenticeships and more…


A free buffet lunch will be laid on for all participants.

Everyone is welcome so come and join us.  Your next career move could be just around the corner!

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GMB Community Organising Project working in partnership with DECV!

DECV’s Lifelong Learning Centre has had a major upgrade to its computers thanks to GMB Community Organising Project, in partnership with the Union Learn and DECV.
The Community Organising Project has been working in Thurnscoe for over a year with DECV to improve access to their centre and has now invested to increase the amount of computers at the centre and fund new equipment. This has been achieved with the support of the Union Learn and the wider GMB, its members and activists.
The staff at DECV, are constantly fighting to secure funding for their charity which provides invaluable support to those who wish to access education, always free of charge.
The event to unveil the new learning centre was attended by many of the centres supporters and GMB members and activists. Tim Roach, GMB regional secretary, spoke at the event describing the work that was done there as invaluable. John Heely, Labour MP for the Dearne Valley, and the founding minister of the Union Learning fund, also sung the centres praises, pointing to the essential link between GMB activists involved in the centre, namely the Shop Steward at the library where the charity is based, Annette Gollick, and the support of the union as a whole.
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Cash boost from GMB

Lifelong Learning centre

We are very happy to announce a £10,000 cash boost from our partners GMB who have provided us with new computers/software for our public room and classrooms.  They are also providing much needed ICT support from A&D ICT.  As many regulars here know, funding is increasingly now hard to come by.  The contribution comes from GMB through the Union Learning Fund and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on the 24th June at 2pm.   Feel free to come along, refreshments will be flowing! It will be attended by GMB secretary Jim Roache and Wentworth & Dearne MP John Healey.

We look forward to putting these machines to good use, helping the people of Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe and surrounding areas with ICT, Maths, English, employability skills and other courses.

A write up of the event is featured on GMB’s website.  Take a look here:


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