Facing the present, looking to the future with UNISON member learning

Covid-19 continues to disrupt our daily life both at home and in work. We continue to need things to look forward to and help us manage what we are facing. In UNISON learning, we believe that education is one way of doing this – either by learning about what we face or strengthening our skills […]

UNISON East Midlands keeps on learning

For many of us, 2020 was a long, difficult, year. Whether in public-facing roles, working from home, or on furlough, public service workers have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, and it was only natural to be feeling tired, stressed, or down. That’s why UNISON learning rep Jayne Barry decided to lift people’s spirits […]

New year, new opportunities

UNISON learning continues – online 2021 looks to be almost as challenging a year as 2020 – but that doesn’t have to stop us making plans for the future, building on plans we’d already made, or working to make things better. As new measures are introduced across the UK to combat the spread of the […]

Learning through the coronavirus crisis and beyond: ULearn 2020 is out now

The publication of our magazine celebrating all things UNISON learning is a highlight of every year. Uniquely, 2020’s edition has been published in an online-only format – but it’s still filled with stories showcasing some of the highlights from a year of UNISON learning. This year’s edition includes: our new partnership with the Staff Skills […]

Learning in lockdown: support for ULRs during the coronavirus pandemic

In this coronavirus pandemic we’re seeing once more the importance of learning for people’s wellbeing and mental health. And UNISON learning reps have been adapting what they do and how they do it in order to meet that need. It’s important to think about your own development in your ULR role and to make sure that you […]

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, […]

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 […]