Safer Schools Plan – UNISON’s recommendations

UNISON’s recommendations for safer re-opening of schools in England The government announced on 27 January that it hopes to re-open schools in England on 8 March. UNISON believes that school re-opening should only happen when the science says it is safe, when school risk assessments have been updated, and when appropriate safety measures have been […]

A School Stewards Poem

Unison, Zoom, WhatsApp Group and Me In compliance with the country’s health orders, Restricting in-person meetings, restrictions on boarders. We meet via Zoom a collection of characters, Righting the wrongs of the education parameters. Checking our emails for the details of the link, Carol at the helm, making us think. Coffee brewing, pens and notes pads […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young Workers Month 2020 – A Reflection

This year is my final Young Workers Month as a Young Member, this time next year I will have aged out. I feel reflecting on my time as part of Young Members is important because I want whoever becomes our next Young Members Officer and the young members in this Branch to know that there […]

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 […]

Young Workers Month 2020

November is Young Workers Month, and this year I thought I’d honour it with a blog post – This year Young Workers Month is a little different to say the least, but its still important to mark it because its important to acknowledge the hard work, new experiences, different viewpoints and determination of young workers. […]

Poem for the Friendship Festival 2020

For the 2020 Unison Birmingham Branch Friendship Festival we had to go virtual due to the ongoing government restrictions and the safety of our members. So we could still reach out to our members and offer a snippet of what would have been available this Summer a virtual Friendship Festival featuring music, tai chi and […]