“Things I could do to get where I want to be”: the power of union learning

My name is Ann Mckelvey and I am a ULR for UNISON in Leeds. I am very passionate about promoting UNISON and the learning opportunities that are, and should be available. Last year I was in hospital for a major operation. As I made my recovery, I was promoting UNISON services to nursing staff and patients […]

“The impact is immense”

In this guest blog Carol McGrath, UNISON learning project worker in Leeds, explains why union learning is so important to her. I have always had a passion for lifelong learning and I strongly believe learning enables people to live a happier and fulfilled life. A few years ago, happy with my career path and content […]

November’s Inclusive Learning Bulletin is out now!

UNISON is urging the government to reverse its decision to axe the Union Learning Fund (ULF) and preserve the vital lifeline that helps 200,000 workers every year improve their skills, progress in their jobs and boost their employers’ productivity. In this month’s Inclusive Learning Bulletin we share ways in which you can help us campaign […]

The union learning difference

In the stories below you’ll read about UNISON members who have been able to make a real difference to their lives through union learning. But union learning is under threat. The government plans to cut the Union Learning Fund, which allows us to extend our reach and bring more learning opportunities to more members – […]

Union learning is under threat

UNISON has always had a proud tradition of providing learning opportunities for our members. The Union Learning Fund allowed us to extend our reach to non-members as well, meaning that we could help thousands more public services workers improve their skills and knowledge. In councils, schools, hospitals, call centres, universities, to name only a few […]

Learning for organising, organising for the future

The last few months have seen record numbers joining our union – members we’re glad to welcome. But we know that becoming a member is only half the story. If UNISON is to continue to grow and organise we need more active members to take up an activist role – if you’re interested in finding […]

Take the Numeracy Challenge this Checktember

We know that many of our members feel anxious about or lack confidence in numeracy and we want you to know that you are not alone. Perhaps some of you are being asked to do more accounting/tracking or perhaps you have simply been avoiding numeracy-based tasks in the past by getting someone else to help […]

Dealing with grief in children and young people: online training for UNISON members

UNISON has partnered with Cruse again to provide some specialist training for dealing with grief in young people and children. This online workshop run by Cruse Bereavement Care is offered to UNISON members who work with children and young people. While staff who work with these groups may already have some experience in dealing with […]

Hope Not Hate: Difficult Conversations workshop for UNISON members

Hate destroys lives. HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust works in the UK to build communities and celebrate shared identities. They campaign for a world free from mistrust and racism. HOPE not Hate was established to offer a positive and community-focused way of doing anti-fascism. Across the UK, HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust has worked tirelessly […]

Advanced disability discrimination law courses – online!

Our advanced employment law courses, delivered by employment law expert Tamara Lewis, have always been popular, and we’re delighted to announce that we’re now able to offer an online version of the Disability Discrimination Law course. If that’s successful, we’ll be working with Tamara to offer further advanced employment law courses online.   A three hour refresher (for those who have previously […]