UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

School Uniform Grants 2021

Applications for the UNISON There for You school uniform grant have opened today (Thursday 1st July 2021). If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whether due to coronavirus or other circumstances, There for You can offer you support, including one-off grants. Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school […]

Online Learning Opportunities

UNISON has lots of forthcoming online learning opportunities for members. These are a great opportunity to consider for your continual professional development. There has been a slight decline in the uptake of training, but there are lots of courses on offer that may be of interest, and the list is updated regularly. All courses with […]

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May - Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week (10th-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this years theme is nature.  ‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

Branch Equality Survey

The Branch is currently conducting an equality survey of members’ experiences during lockdown. The survey is being conducted using survey gismo and runs until Wednesday 31st March. If you have not received this email with a link to the survey please check your junk or trash in case it has gone there. Alternatively, go to […]

Grief and Bereavement Training

National UNISON have arranged for Grief and Bereavement training for UNISON members. The sessions will be delivered by Cruse, the UK’s largest bereavement charity. The dates of these sessions are: Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 10:15am Monday 1st March 2021 at 14:15 pm Friday 19th March 2021 at 10:15am Thursday 1st April 2021 at 14:15pm […]

Members Meeting – Covid-19 Vaccine

As the vaccination programme for Covid-19 continues, there finally seems to be a light at the end of a long and difficult tunnel. Estimates suggest that three quarters of us will need to be vaccinated to reach population immunity. How many people will agree to be vaccinated? Are some groups more likely to agree than […]

Online Training Courses – Jan-March 21

For the foreseeable future training for members and activists is continuing online, including a new course for members who are less confident with technology, Getting Connected Online. Please see below the list of courses running until the end of March. All of the below courses are provided by the Region and if you click the […]

Is Coronavirus affecting your mental health?

If coronavirus or things associated with it (such as lockdown) is affecting your mental health, below are some resources to offer support and further information. The Mental Health Foundation have produced a guide to protecting your mental health during the coronavirus crisis and MIND has produced a helpful guide which will be useful to anyone who has to […]