Towards the end of 2016, UNISON ran the SOS Campaign aimed to raise awareness of the impact the ongoing crisis in social care has on our members and the older people they care for, and put forward our case for a fairly funded, publically run social care service.
Together UNISON has:
- Published Care in Crisis, which exposes the impact of social care cuts on UNISON members and older people
- Held training on anti-cuts campaigning for activists
- Organised successful campaigning events across the country and at parliament on SOS Day to raise awareness of social care cuts
- Received support for the campaign from Jeremy Corbyn, Barbara Keeley (Shadow Minister for Older People, Social Care and Carers) and 30 MPs, some of whom spoke about our campaign and report findings in a parliamentary debate on social care
- Raised the SOS campaign’s profile on social media – on SOS Day our campaign hashtag #socialcaresos was included in 500 posts, by 238 users and reached almost 390,000 people
Photos across branches are being shared in a public album. UNISON thanks their members for the support shown during the campaign.