Delivering learning at a distance: tools for ULRs

While we know that many of our members and reps will be extremely busy continuing to deliver our public services, or are busier than usual with caring responsibilities, others are on furlough or self-isolating and find themselves with unexpected spare time.   Meanwhile, people’s natural creativity and adaptability has been evident as they’ve been adapting their pastimes to life at home and sharing them […]

Trauma and bereavement: some useful resources for UNISON members in social care

UNISON members from across the UK have been telling us about the immense emotional toll that the coronavirus pandemic is having upon them. We know that our members are often the only person present at the death of clients and care home residents, who may be people they’ve known and cared for over many years, and have then had […]

Virtual learning for health and safety reps during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus is, above all, a health and safety issue. From making the argument for PPE for key workers, to ensuring that members can work safely from home, the role of the health and safety rep has never been more important. We’ve gathered together some online training and learning resources for UNISON health and safety reps, […]

Personal development for UNISON members

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a whole host of challenges, both foreseen and unforeseen. Many thousands of UNISON members are working long hours to care for victims of the disease, and to keep other essential public services functioning. Others are at home – on furlough, or self-isolating. Work is challenging, and so is life at […]

UNISON partners with Staff Skills Academy to give members free online learning

UNISON is keen to ensure that members still have access to the high-quality training that the union provides, even though it’s not possible to meet face-to-face during the current coronavirus crisis. That’s why the union has formed a partnership with the Staff Skills Academy to give members access to over 550 free online courses, from […]

UNISON learning for mental health and wellbeing

This is a strange time. Your workload may have doubled – or you may have been asked to stay at home and avoid other people. Things may be difficult, or stressful, or frightening. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together some resources designed to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Some of […]

UNISON learning is still here for you

Training our activists and providing learning opportunities for our members has always been an essential part of our role – so, while we have had to postpone all face to face training during this current crisis, we have massively ramped up our online learning provision. If you are a new steward we have made arrangements […]

“No pressure”: UNISON authors in conversation

Wendy Hudson is a local organiser based in UNISON’s Glasgow office. Kathleen Jowitt is an assistant education officer at UNISON Centre. But they’ve got something else in common beyond working for UNISON – they’re both award-winning authors, Wendy for Four Steps, which won a Golden Crown Literary Society Debut Author Award, and Kathleen for Speak Its Name, […]

“A natural fit”: working with creative writing organisations

Lyndsey Marchant, regional learning and development organiser in the North West, had received several inquiries from members about creative writing courses. So she approached Writing on the Wall, a Liverpool-based organisation with a particular focus on outreach and diversity. She explains, Working with Writing On The Wall was a natural fit: WOW is a well known organisation […]

“Just ask!”: creative writing and working with authors

Janice Parker is a learning rep in UNISON Corby branch, part of the UNISON Northants Learning cluster. In this blog she explains how she worked with author Louise Jensen to put on a creative writing workshop for UNISON members from across Northamptonshire. Creative writing is something that I am very interested in myself as I write poetry, […]