UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region

UNISON is Britain's largest public services union with a membership of over 1.3 million. Yorkshire & Humberside region alone has over 145,000 members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.

2019: The year of young workers


Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. They need trade unions more than ever. This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers.

A new suite of resources are available to help you communicate with young workers.

Latest News

WIN Prizes for Improving Your Numeracy (31/05/19)

We have two prizes up for grabs which will be going to the two people who improve their numeracy the most by the 15th of August.

1st Prize - £150 One4All Shopping Voucher
2nd Prize - £100 One4All Shopping Voucher

UNISON Y&H Gambia Project - Annual Report 2018/19 (21/05/19)
Get help with cost of school uniforms: Closing date 19 July 2019 (13/5/19)

UNISON Welfare

Families living on low incomes with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard.

But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniform through a one-off payment of £40.

The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone!

So don’t miss out. Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible. All the information you need can be found below. Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you.

Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 19 July 2019 at the latest.


Free Women's Lives and Return to Learn Courses (03/05/19)


A chance to sample our award winning courses – Return to Learn and Women’s Lives.

These courses are designed for members who want to ease themselves back into learning.
We are offering members the opportunity to attend a one day taster workshop to find out more about the courses, boost your confidence and engage with exciting and fun activities.

Download the details here... pdf


LEEDS Return to Learn
Saturday 25 May 2019 (apply by 22 April 2019) at
Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds, LS3 1AD

SHEFFIELD Return to Learn
Saturday 15 June 2019 (apply by 10 May 2019) at
The Circle, Sheffield, S1 4FW

Both sessions run from 10am – 3pm with FREE LUNCH


Saturday 18 May 2019 (apply by 15 April 2019) at
St John’s Resource Centre, Huddersfield, HD1 5DX

BARNSLEY Women’s Lives
Saturday 8 June 2019 (apply by 3 May 2019) at
Hope House, Barnsley, S70 1AP

Both sessions run from 10am – 3pm with FREE LUNCH



Information Session

Start Date


Return to Learn

10th September
18.00 - 20.00

24th September
18.00 - 20.00
(for 16 weeks)

Education Centre,
2-7 Woodhouse Square,
Leeds, LS3 1AD

Return to Learn

4th September
18.00 - 20.00

18th September
18.00 - 20.00
(for 16 weeks)

The Circle,
33 Rockingham Lane,
Sheffield, S1 4FW



Information Session

Start Date


Women’s Lives

4th September

18th September 2019
19.00 - 21.00
(for 10 weeks)

St John’s
Resource Centre,
St John’s Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5DX.

Women’s Lives

19th September
18.45 - 20.45

3rd October
18.45 - 20.45
(for 10 weeks)

Blucher Street,
Barnsley, S70 1AP

(Information Session &
Full Sessions only)



For more information or to book your place please email y&heducation@unison.co.uk or call 0113 218 2330.


Y&H Gambia Project - Regional Convenors Trip in pictures (28/02/19)

GambiaWith the support of the UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside region and branches we were able to collect items such as specialist beds, drugs cabinets, boxes of bandages and other dressings, linen and towels and transport them to Kanifing General Hospital (Formerley Serekunda Hospital).

GambiaSpending time with colleagues in Kanifing General Hospital (Formerley Serekunda Hospital)

GambiaUNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Convenor Wendy Nichols being interviewed by Gambian national TV.

GambiaUNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Convenor Wendy Nichols pictured with colleagues at the new Gambia Trade Union Bureau Office.

UNISON flags proudly displayed inside GAMTUB!

GambiaWendy meeting with the Minister of Labour.

GambiaPresenting seeds for the Bijilo School garden.



UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest union (06/11/18)

UNISON celebrates

UNISON is marking becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity today (Tuesday) to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services.

The union has now more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, the police service and the energy sector. Members work in both the public and private sectors.

But there are still tens of thousands of public sector workers who aren’t part of a union. During the month of November – renamed Grovember in UNISON – the union’s reps will be working hard to attract new recruits in every town and city across the UK.

Find out about more here...


Regional Education Programme 2019 published (16/10/18)

Welcome to another year of Yorkshire & Humberside’s Regional Education and Training Programme for 2019. It is our priority to have as diverse and suitable courses to meet all the needs of both our members and activists both new and old. Again this year we have endeavored to have courses as widely assessable as possible by offering access across the region, and making more use of the TUC both in the classroom and online. UNISON is also developing its own on line workshops and e-notes.

You can find the 2019 Education Programme here...

Education programmeWe are continuing to support venues from across the region as well as delivering more at the Regional HQ in Leeds; and we will also continue to use Northern College.

The massive unrelenting Tory cuts are continuing to affect not only Trade Union education but all adult further education, which makes our Lifelong Learning and member learning access even more important for our members and potential members and activists. In addition to our Regional Education Team, and our Organisers will continue working with branches, along with their organising duties to develop Lifelong Learning and ensure activists are trained to the highest standards with courses on most TU subjects. Learning and training are now firmly embedded with all branches development and future plans.

The programme is designed to increase access to the most up to date training UNISON can offer, both for new and developing existing activists. The courses provided are directly aimed at building confidence and developing skills and abilities. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Branch development is vital in recruiting and organising and retaining members. We are constantly striving to increase membership and provide a better service. Increasing membership and developing new activists from all sectors of the union will make us stronger and more representative of our members.

We believe that no member should be out of pocket attending UNISON courses. Branches and the Region will continue to contribute to ensure this, and access is freely available to as many members / activist as possible. Any additional travel costs or carer costs can be claimed from your branch, but you do need to speak to your branch and get their agreement in advance (details of help can be found within this programme).

We also offer for clarity a separate members only training programme detailing some of the courses/workshops UNISON offers for non activist members. You can obtain a copy of this from your branch education co-ordinator or Branch Secretary. You can always find it on our website www.unison-yorks.org.uk/education.html.

We pride ourselves on offering an extremely friendly relaxed and supportive learning environment, and this gives opportunities to meet new people make new friends and build networks with other branches and activists learners to build on knowledge and skills. Working together with other trade unionists to achieve common goals is at the fundamental core of our organisation and we offer many opportunities for development.

So please access and enjoy our learning offer and don’t be afraid to comment on things that went well or not as well as we are always striving to improve your learning experience and all feedback is carefully considered and used to improve our delivery.

This year we are offering many short workshops on various subjects such as Dementia, Autism, Retirement, alongside our Confidence Building workshops for both women and men.

The TUC now offer fully online and integrated courses webinars as well as E-notes. We will also be introducing Return to Learn and Women’s Lives workshop taster sessions as a first step in unleashing members potential.

I hope you will participate and enjoy what we have to offer and I firmly believe UNISON has the best trained activist of any other union in the UK.

Wendy Nichols
Regional Convenor

You can find the 2019 Education Programme here...

Doncaster Raceday 2019

Doncaster races 2019

Download the poster here... pdf


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