Branch Welfare Officer training (Bristol)

11 – 12 July 2018

Bristol

Closing date: 30 May

Nationally organised training for branch welfare officers from South West, Cymru/Wales and West Midlands regions.

This training will help branch welfare officers (BWOs) to:

  • Understand their role and the confidentiality it involves.
  • Understand the ‘There for You’ UNISON Welfare charity structure and staff responsibilities.
  • Understand the application process and areas where welfare can assist members.
  • Develop influencing and communication skills and practice active listening.
  • Promote ‘There for You’ to managers and as a part of recruitment drives.
  • Practice presentation skills and to handle problems in an assertive manner.
  • Understand the importance of promoting and publicising ‘There for You’.

To apply, complete the application form and return it to LearningAndOrganising@unison.co.uk

or

UNISON Learning and Organising, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Click to download the application form

Charges

Branches will be charged a fee of £250 per person if residential (includes essential overnight accommodation) and £150 pp if non residential. Both rates include travel, any care costs, all meals and a £5 per day out of pocket allowance.

Online module

Before attending the course, branch welfare officers should complete an e-note (online learning module).

You will need access to a computer with internet connection but no specialised computer skills are needed. You can do this at your workplace, at home or in your branch office. You may wish to use earphones to avoid disturbing those around you. You don’t have to complete the e-note in one go – you can exit at any point and return to where you left off when you next log in.
To register for the e-note, go to http://e-learning.unison.org.uk :

  • If you have used this site before,
    • Log in with your username and password;
    • Under the heading ‘e-note categories’, click on ‘UNISON activists’;
    • Click on ‘Branch Welfare Officers’. Click on the yellow box and then click ‘Enter’.
    • The e-note will open in a new window.
  • If you are new to the site:
    • Click on ‘Create new account’ and complete the registration form;
    • Verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you via email;
    • Return to http://e-learning.unison.org.uk and log in using the username and password you have just created.
    • Under the heading ‘e-note categories’, click on ‘UNISON activists’;
    • Click on ‘Branch Welfare Officers’. Click on the yellow box and then click ‘Enter’.
    • The e-note will open in a new window.

If you experience difficulty logging into or using the learning site, please contact learningandorganising@unison.co.uk.

If you don’t have access to a computer, contact ‘There for you’ so that other arrangements can be made for you by calling 020 7121 5620.

Allocation of course places

To ensure the effective application of UNISON Proportionality and Fair Representation principles, places are allocated on national courses immediately after the closing date instead of on a first-come first-served basis.

Priority for course places will be given to BWOs from South West, Cymru/Wales and West Midlands regions. If BWOs from other regions wish to apply, places will depend on spare capacity after the closing date.

Facilitation and dependent care

It is UNISON policy that no member should be deterred from applying for a course because of facilitation needs, necessary childcare or other care commitments.

Cancellation policy

Where places on courses are cancelled without good cause charges will be levied as follows: Where places are cancelled within two weeks of the start of the course the cost will be 50% of the course cost. Where places are cancelled within one week of the start of the course the cancellation will be 100%.

Our commitment to equalities

As part of UNISON’s equal opportunities policy in education there is a questionnaire at the back of the application form. This information will be strictly confidential and used only to monitor UNISON’s ability to deliver educational opportunities fairly to all sections of its membership.