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

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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.

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Free training weekend for UNISON school staff: 16-17 Nov 2019 (06/09/19)

Download the poster here! pdf

Come and join us for a residential weekend full of enjoyable and informal sessions... and it’s FREE!

The weekend will cover:

 Understanding Neurodiversity
 Managing challenging behaviour
 Building your confidence and assertiveness skills
 Identifying your existing, transferable and potential skills

Date: 16, 17 November 2019
Saturday morning until Sunday lunchtime

Venue: Novotel Hotel, Leeds
Overnight accommodation will be arranged for you and if you need childcare a crèche can be organised.

Interested?  For an application form please call the Education Administrator on 0113 2182330 or email y&heducation@unison.co.uk  Alternatively you can contact your branch.


UNISON Wakefield District Branch - Job Vacancy: Senior Administrator - closing date Friday 13 September 2019 (27/08/19)

UNISON Wakefield District has an exciting job opportunity at their branch at 18 Gills Yard Wakefield. We have a 37-hour post for a Senior Administrator.

Salary: £21589 to £24313 full time. Grade 6

The overall purpose of the post is to provide effective office supervision and administrative service to Wakefield District Unison Branch, ensuring the work priorities and the office supports the needs of the branch members, convenors, branch staff and activists are met.

The successful candidate will have experience in; leading and supervising administrative support, as part of a team. Experience in communicating with a wide range of people who may be under pressure or in difficult circumstances. Experience in manipulating data and updating records to produce reports. Experience of working to tight deadlines.

To access a copy of the job description please contact the branch on 01924 305360.

Please post your CV along with a covering letter to the branch at 18 Gills Yard Wakefield WF1 3BZ to arrive no later than  Friday 13th September 2019 at 12pm prompt.

We will be shortlisting and holding interviews as soon as possible after the closing date.

Black Members Training Days 2019 (15/08/19)

Developing Your Leadership Skills – Saturday 21st September 2019 at 11am – 3pm
This course will build confidence, look at the skills needed to be an effective leader and encourage you to become leaders in your workplace. The course will be delivered by Margaret Greer, National Officer for Race Equality

Venue: Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds
Cost to Branches: £12.50
Closing Date: 13 September 2019
Lunch will be provided

Race Protocol – Saturday 19th October 2019 at 1.30pm – 3.30pm
This course will take a look at how to gather evidence to support a discrimination claim.  The course will be delivered by Thompsons Sols.

Venue: Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds
Cost to Branches: £12.50
Closing Date: 11 October 2019
Lunch will be provided
NB: This course will run after the Black Members SOG meeting.  Lunch will be available for those attending from 1pm

To Apply

  1. Please complete the attached application form.
  2. If you do need a crèche for either of these dates please ensure that you indicate on your application forms.
  3. Forward your completed application form to your branch for approval.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.  You can contact Kath Ruth on 0113 2182379.

Free Women's Lives and Return to Learn Courses (19/06/19)

FREE ONE DAY TASTER WORKSHOPS
AND INFORMATION SESSIONS
FOR UNISON MEMBERS

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.

- RETURN TO LEARN TASTER WORKSHOPS -

RETURN TO LEARN - Taster Workshop
Monday 12 August 2019
UNISON,Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ
Sessions run from 10am – 3pm with FREE LUNCH

This workshop is FREE for UNISON Members.

- WOMEN'S LIVES TASTER WORKSHOPS -

WOMEN'S LIVES - Taster Workshop
Friday 16 August 2019
UNISON,Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ
Sessions run from 10am – 3pm with FREE LUNCH

This workshop is FREE for UNISON Members.

There is no charge to the branch for these Workshops.  The cost of the workshop will be paid by our National Office and on this occasion the Region has agreed to cover any travel expenses.

- RETURN TO LEARN INFORMATION SESSIONS -

Location

Information Session

Start Date

Venue

Leeds
Return to Learn

Tuesday
10th September
2019
18.00 - 20.00

Tuesday
24th September
2019
18.00 - 20.00
(for 16 weeks)

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

Sheffield
Return to Learn

Wednesday
4th September
2019
18.00 - 20.00

Wednesday
18th September
2019
18.00 - 20.00
(for 16 weeks)

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

- WOMEN'S LIVES INFORMATION SESSIONS -

Location

Information Session

Start Date

Venue

Huddersfield
Women’s Lives

Wednesday
4th September
2019
19.00-21.00

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

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

Barnsley
Women’s Lives

Thursday
19th September
2019
18.45 - 20.45

Thursday
3rd October
2019
18.45 - 20.45
(for 10 weeks)

YMCA,
Blucher Street,
Barnsley, S70 1AP

(Information Session &
Full Sessions only)

 

APPLY NOW

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

 

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.

 

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...


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