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 […]

“Always developing”: learning through lockdown, learning for the future

Shahida Noor is one of the thousands of UNISON members who have taken advantage of our online learning offer from the Skills Academy. UNISON Learning and Organising Services’ Dan Simmonds asked her about her experience… How did you find out about the learning available from UNISON? I found out via an email from UNISON and […]

“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 […]

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 […]

August’s Inclusive Learning Bulletin is out now

The good thing with digital learning is that it offers some flexibility. So whether you are mobile, at home or on the go, you might just be able to find some time to squeeze in a few quick bursts of learning. You might also want to make contact with your learning rep, just in case […]

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 […]