ACT Accrington Doubles in Size!!

Our new ACT Accrington venue is fully up and running!!!

To celebrate, we will officially relaunch ACT Accrington on Friday 19th June 2015 at 2p.m. to coincide with the final day of Adult Learners Week 2015.

Located within the Hyndburn Voluntary & Community Resource Centre in the  Old St James’ School building on Cannon Street the new centre is just a stones throw from our old home on Warner Street. The building is home to other local support services and is therefore a perfect location for us to continue to work with the GMB, local churches and the community.

We have already begun to forge strong links with Ynot Aspire, ADHD Northwest and Remploy who are all based in the building and we hope to do the same with others. Other partners we work with include Calderdale College, InTraining and National Careers Service. We will continue to work closely with Accrington & Rossendale College, the local Job Centre+ and a number of other Information, Advice & Guidance providers in the area to support people into either training or employment.

With newly equipped rooms for delivery of Functional Skills, I.T. training and work club activities the new centre has allowed us to double capacity and respond to the ongoing demand for access to learning in the area. Our new surroundings continue our tradition of providing warm, friendly and supportive facilities in which people learn at a pace that suits them.

We will release more details nearer the time but we hope you can join us to celebrate the start of the next exciting chapter in our Accrington story.


New National Newsletter

In preparation for the GMB Annual Congress in June we have GMB ULFworked with the other GMB ULF Projects across the UK to put together the latest edition of The GLUE.

There will be printed copies available at congress and at other national events throughout the year but below you can find an electronic version which you can read online.cropped-gmb-reachout-logo-e14126932652341.jpg

This exciting 3rd edition sees 4 new projects in 4 regions as well as expansions of existing projects into new areas. The continuing work of Reach Out and the other ULF projects is guiding thousands of GMB members into education and training.

Find out more here….

Updated Sector Booklets

A couple of years ago GMB Reach Out in conjunction with Tribal developed a range of courses for the retail and care sectors. These Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) were bundled together in handy booklets to distribute to relevant workplaces.

They have proved so popular that we have almost run out of both versions.  So, in an effort to make sure they can continue to reach as many people as possible, we’ve made them available electronically so that they can be viewed online, downloaded or printed.

North West & Irish Regional Secretary Paul McCarthy said “It’s fantastic that the sector specific booklets, pioneered in this Region, have proved so popular and to see that they are being used in other Regions now too,”

We are in the process of developing a similar booklet for the schools sector and we hope to have some printed copies of all three booklets available soon.

In the meantime you can view the current editions electronically below, and if there is a course you would like to discuss in more detail please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0161 877 9439 or via email at