Visit the UNISON Learning website

Visit the UNISON Learning website

UNISON LEARNING WEBSITE

UNISON have produced a new website, which focuses specifically on learning and education for both activists and members. The website has sections on training, national courses, financial support for members, learning online – as well as how to contact your branch education team. It is well worth a browse to see what the union has to offer, and how you can go about accessing it.

You can visit the UNISON Learning website by clicking here. 

 

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Unionlearn and mental health in the workplace

Unionlearn and mental health in the workplace

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The following is an article by Keith Hatch from the Unionlearn website looking at a new project around the issue of mental health in the workplace. If you are interested in the issues that are raised, please get in touch.


We have just completed Mental Health Awareness Week, and figures released by the Mental Health Foundation make pretty grim reading. Three in four Britons have been so stressed over the last year that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, stress has resulted in one in three people being left feeling suicidal, whilst one in six have self-harmed as a direct result.

The report highlighted the views of mental health experts who said “the huge number of people affected should prompt employers, NHS staff and ministers to do more to reduce stress’s debilitating effects and provide more help.”

While there is undoubtedly a range of factors contributing to individual mental health, it is clear that the workplace has huge potential either to promote or to undermine mental well-being.

It is against this growing concern and increasing body of evidence that unionlearn has been developing a “Good Work and Mental Well-being Project”. This is to give union reps the tools to recognise mental health issues at work, and be able to signpost colleagues to find support.

Good work supports mental well-being for everyone, and the unionlearn project aims to explore and develop workplaces that generate positive mental health and well-being for all through productive and engaging work.

The role of trade union representatives could be critical firstly, in negotiating policies with the employer that reduced the risk of workplace mental health issues arising, but then, if they happened, in trying to ensure that those affected could access appropriate support and remain in employment.

Some of the key project themes include raising awareness, promoting change, Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) and rethinking job design and work organisation.

There is already a high level of union engagement in mental health initiatives, reflecting the growing importance of this issue. The unionlearn mental well-being offer will complement and support unions work in this area and, through the MHFA training, help build union capacity to grow and develop further their mental health work.

The unionlearn mental well-being offer to unions will cover a broad range of activities starting with awareness raising sessions and MHFA training and also include ways tp promote positive mental well-being workplaces, provide advice and guidance to unions on mental health and assist unions to develop workplace union mental health action plans.

TUC/unionlearn has already produced a number of very useful resources that help reps get to grips with the issues. These range from publications such as the Mental health and the workplace workbook and mini guides, to a learning theme on the unionlearn Climbing Frame, webinars and eNotes. There is a mental well-being initial assessment being developed for SkillCheck.

MHFA will be an integral part of the support that unionlearn will offer. The workplace mental health training programme teaches participants how to notice and support people who may be experiencing a mental health issue and provide appropriate help.

Unionlearn delivery of MHFA training will ensure that the role that unions play in supporting members with mental health issues is recognised, along with the key support unions offer to help prevent problems, especially those related to stress, bullying, harassment, workload etc.

We aim to train a cohort of unionlearn mental health first aid instructors that can deliver training sessions to union reps, enabling them to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

More details on the unionlearn project will be publicised over the coming months, and there will be dedicated Mental Health at Work sessions in autumn’s regional Supporting Learners events to ensure union learning reps know about the support on offer.

Mental health issues at work is something that can affect anyone and have an impact beyond the individual concerned – but is also something that union reps are in a perfect position to raise awareness of and offer help.

We are convinced that the new unionlearn project will give reps the support they need.

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Latest issue of Learning Rep magazine out now

Latest issue of Learning Rep magazine out now

Spring Learning Rep magazine

The latest issue of Learning Rep magazine is out now. Produced by UnionLearn and the TUC, it has the latest news, views and reports from around the country written by union activists involved in education and learning.

You can download the magazine by clicking here or visiting the UnionLearn website.

 

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Latest Coventry ULR newsletter out now!

Latest Coventry ULR newsletter out now!

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You can read and download the latest learning and education newsletter from Coventry City UNISON by clicking here, we hope you find it interesting and feel free to get in touch with any comments, questions or views!

Please also like our Facebook page to keep in touch.

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Another UNISON member receives £200 Learning Grant – apply now!

Another UNISON member receives £200 Learning Grant – apply now!

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We are pleased to report that another UNISON member at Coventry City Council has received a £200 Learning Grant from the union. These grants are available to aid people with the costs associated with courses, and have been a real help to a growing number of UNISON members.

To receive the application form, or to find out more information, please contact branch Learning Rep Paul Hunt on 02476 550829 or email paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk

UNISON are committed to helping members get back in to education and learning so get in touch to see if we can help you!

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Read our January newsletter

Read our January newsletter

January newsletter

The January edition of our Learning and Education Newsletter has been distributed around the Council over the last few weeks. Please click here to download and feel free to distribute.

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Happy New Year from your UNISON Learning Reps!

Happy New Year from your UNISON Learning Reps!

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Your UNISON Learning Reps want to wish you a Happy New Year and best of luck for 2018! No doubt austerity will continue to bite and our members will feel the pinch of the pay cuts combined with rising prices. Meanwhile, there are constant threats to our jobs with privatisations and restructures.

In these circumstances, the learning and education agenda is becoming even more important. In 2018 we will be posting about all the offers and opportunities that UNISON can provide or signpost you towards. We also want to ensure that members are not being shortchanged in their workplaces and have the right access to training.

Happy New Year and get in touch with us for more information!

Contact details: paul.hunt(at)unisoncoventry.co.uk mike.wallace(at)unisoncoventry.co.uk

 

 

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