Meet the new Lifelong Learning team in Southampton District Branch

Helen Capstick, ULR at Solent University I have been a member of UNISON since 2011 but have become more active in recent years when I took on the role of Union Learning Representative (ULR) at Solent University. I became a ULR as I wanted to use my skills to develop more informal learning sessions for […]

ULR Carol Wilkinson talks helping members overcome barriers to learning

How long have you been a member of UNISON? I  became a UNISON member 14 years ago when I started working in my daughters’ school as both teaching assistant and midday supervisor, when I moved to EDF Energy I transferred my membership and I was able to be more involved with helping our members within […]

Mindfull to Mindful Colouring Lunch & Learn

One of our brilliant SE Union Learning Reps recently ran a “Mindfull to Mindful Colouring Lunch & Learn” – read their account here: “My first lunch and learn session as a URL was for a colouring session linked to Mindfulness and mental wellbeing. I arranged for 2 sessions on consecutive weeks to give those attending […]

Hampshire branch delivers on Challenging Behaviour in Schools

For some time, Hampshire UNISON has been raising the subject of challenging and often violent behaviour towards school support staff across the county. A branch-wide survey was undertaken in 2017 which discovered that violent behaviour and challenging behaviour in schools was on the rise. School support staff work in incredibly challenging conditions, many of them […]

Using learning activities for recruitment and retention in Grovember

A number of branches in the South East used UNISON’s member learning opportunities as a way to recruit new members and engage with existing members. Activists from Hampshire Local Government Branch offered members and potential members the opportunity to develop their professional skills and build their confidence, with a ‘Power to be you’ taster session. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]