Skills for the Future Survey

Help us to help you ! We are carrying out a survey to find out how you feel about your current level of skills and what skills you think you would want for the future. This will help us to develop future training courses to support you in your workplaces. This quick survey will take […]

Consultative ballot of school members in England to open in January

UNISON has announced that a consultative ballot of school members in England will open on 22 January 2019. The ballot has arisen out of concerns regarding the chronic underfunding of our schools by the Westminster Government and one of the questions on the consultative ballot paper will ask whether members are prepared to take industrial […]

Skills for the Future Survey

Help us to help you! We are carrying out a survey to find out how you feel about your current level of skills and what skills you think you would want for the future. This will help us to develop future training courses to support you in your workplaces. This quick survey will take only […]

Axing millions from youth work puts futures at risk, says UNISON

Young people’s futures are being put at risk as a result of the government axing £13.3m from youth services across the UK in just three years, according to a UNISON report published today (Monday). The report – Youth Services at Breaking Point – reveals that between 2016 and 2019*, nearly 900 youth worker jobs have […]

Doing something different to grow our union

November in UNISON was Grovember – an all out push across the union to grow our membership. Although UNISON is now the largest trade union in the UK, there are still many more public service workers who are yet to receive the benefits of membership. And of course, the more members our union has, the […]

UNISON supports food bank collection at Solent University

To help underline the increase with in-work poverty, UNISON at Solent University organised a food bank collection as part of the Grovember recruitment drive. The goal was simple – to do a good thing and provide help to those who need it whilst underlining that so many of those who were supported by food banks […]

Cuts to school support staff could leave vulnerable children in the South East at risk

School support staff regularly go home worried about pupils’ welfare, safety and emotional state after discussing issues such as grooming, gangs, domestic violence, bullying, loneliness, and sexual abuse with them, according to a survey released by UNISON today (Friday). The research suggests that across the South East 23% of school support staff involved in children’s […]

UNISON and Thinking Schools Academy Trust:  Working Together for Wellbeing

UNISON South East was delighted last month to organise two inspirational CPD day’s for over 250 people at the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT). With separate days at Portsmouth and Medway, this was a fantastic opportunity to bring together school support staff from across the trust’s 14 different schools. UNISON organisers delivered interactive, wellbeing-focused workshops […]

South East Schools Struggling to Cope with ‘devastating’ Special Education Needs Cuts

A new investigation by the Observer has laid bare the growing crisis with special education needs funding – and Hampshire County Council faces the largest overspend in the country; more than £10.5million. Read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/10/councils-face-crisis-special-needs-education-funding

UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest union

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 […]

#MeToo One Year On

New research from the Fawcett Society has found that one year on from the outpouring of #MeToo stories, there has been a significant shift in attitudes to sexual harassment. According to the research released on 2 October by the Fawcett Society, the majority of people (53%) say that since #MeToo what is seen as acceptable […]

Justice Select Committee Report Slams TR

The Justice Select Committee Report on Transforming Rehabilitation was published in June and UNISON responded on the same day to its findings. The Committee has delivered a damning Report on TR and its detrimental impact on service users, communities and staff. The Report bears out what UNISON has been saying for years, that TR has […]

Useful Member Learning Reading Links

Unionlearn:   Promoting Unionlearning 2018 booklet https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/promoting-union-learning-reps-who-spread-word Unionlearn: Supporting black & minority ethnic apprentices https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/supporting-black-and-minority-ethnic-apprentices For Branches: UNISON Organising Space https://www.unison.org.uk/get-involved/in-your-workplace/key-documents-tools-activists/organising-space/ Unionlearn Climbing Frame https://climbingframe.unionlearn.org.uk/Home Kickstart funding for branches https://learning.unison.org.uk/ulf/ The Reading Agency https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/ For Members: UNISON E-notes https://e-learning.unison.org.uk/ UNISON Financial support for learning https://learning.unison.org.uk/financial-support/ TUC E-notes https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/enotes TUC Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgX4MFSLkZp6N-P4FzC9kAQ

Reading Ahead Launch at UNISON Centre

The Reading Agency runs an annual reading challenge for adult readers, Reading Ahead. The scheme challenges less confident readers to choose six reads – this could be poems, articles, or books such as the Quick Reads series, and readers are encouraged to record their reading in a diary, to get a certificate at the end.  […]

Activist Spotlight | Jenny Ford Life Long Learning Coordinator

Jenny Ford, Lifelong learning Coordinator and Joint Branch Secretary, Portsmouth Health branch. Facilities manager for Solent NHS Trust, based at St James’s Hospital in Portsmouth. How long have you been a UNISON member? Gosh I can’t remember! I think around 18 years! How long have you been involved in member learning? The same amount of […]