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 […]

If you think you or someone you live with has Coronavirus

What should I do if I think I have the symptoms of, or have had, close contact with someone who has had, COVID-19? For the latest information on symptoms, what you should do and how long you should self-isolate, see the “staying at home information” from the NHS. A change to the self-isolation period from […]

Financial Help During Covid-19

What help is available if I am struggling financially? Our charity for members, There for You, has reopened its COVID-19 response fund, offering grants of up to £500 to help those whose household incomes have been affected by coronavirus. You can check if you’re eligible and apply online here. If you are on a low income you […]

Your Mind Matters

This has been a very tough year for many, with Covid-19, isolation, lockdowns, limited access to friends and family, and sadly grief – the losses of loved ones we were not yet expecting to lose. This time has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many people, and it is nothing to […]

UNISON wins Access to Work victory

Union pressure sees government make changes to scheme to help disabled people working from home in the pandemic. UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to […]

Give disabled people the right to work from home after Covid-19

Survey shows majority are more productive home working but employers not allowing them. Disabled employees work​ing from home during lockdown say they​ have been more productive and took fewer days off sick than when ​they were doing their job​s in the office, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The union is now calling on the government to give disabled people a new right to work from home […]

School Uniform Grant

In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms. How much are the grants? They are one-off grants of £50 per school age child, up to a total of £150. Am […]

There for You – During Covid-19

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support. We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship. COVID-19 Response Fund There for You has set up a special response fund […]

Personal Development and Wellbeing Pilot Course

The Branch will be organising a pilot course in personal development and wellbeing in partnership with the Global University of Lifelong Learning in the near future. This is a unique opportunity for accredited personal learning, at no cost to members. In the current circumstances this will be organised online with support.The beauty of the course is […]

Unison National Guidance for Disabled Members – Covid-19

COVID 19 – know your rights Guidance for disabled members and those with underlying health conditions. We know that disabled people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than non-disabled people. The government has acknowledged this and has produced guidance for two groups of workers with underlying health conditions that it calls “clinically vulnerable” and “extremely clinically […]