Urgent! Sign the petition to defend union learning

The government has announced plans to cut the Union Learning Fund in England. UNISON completely opposes this move.

As an article on the national website of our union says

For 20 years, the fund has been getting working people into skills training they’d otherwise have no access to, with courses directly relevant to the workplace, tailored to workers and supported by funding from the government.

The fund has been a concrete help to so many workers – and now the Tories want to take it away.

We urge you to sign the petition here, to defend the Union Learning Fund and say to the government that we will not stand for attacks on education.

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Out Now! The latest branch newsletter on Learning and Education

The Autumn 2020 edition of our branch Learning and Education newsletter is now available. It is full of updates from the branch, with details about how you can access new opportunities.

To view the newsletter, click below!

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Hope Not Hate: Difficult Conversations workshop for UNISON members

Hate destroys lives. HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust works in the UK to build communities and celebrate shared identities. They campaign for a world free from mistrust and racism.

HOPE not Hate was established to offer a positive and community-focused way of doing anti-fascism. Across the UK, HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust has worked tirelessly on the ground with local people to defeat the politics of hate. Their campaigning has always been backed up by first class research and intelligence.

They have exposed the illegal activities of extremist groups, and been able to foil serious plots to commit acts of violence and even terror.

With the UK becoming ever more divided it is vital that we learn to have productive conversations with those who disagree with us to help combat racism, xenophobia and all forms of prejudice.

What will the workshop cover?

This session offers effective methods for changing the minds of people who have deeply-held, irrational views that are racist or xenophobic, without relying on “myth-busting” techniques.

It will explore practices that seek to understand people’s perspectives, rather than focus on their objectionable conclusions.

Dates and times:

Thursday 15th October 10-11.30am

Thursday 15th October 2-3.30pm

There will be four workshops on offer for UNISON members and each session will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Spaces are limited to 20 members per session.

The workshops will be delivered online using Zoom.

Follow the link below to register


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New Online Member Courses with UNISON West Midlands

UNISON are offering a wide variety of online courses for UNISON members coming up in the West Midlands region over the next few months. All of the courses will be held online and run by our partners at the WEA and Open University. 

Members will need access to computer or a laptop and internet connection to complete these courses. 

136- Online Bereavement Awareness- 14th October 10:15am-12:45pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/906 

134- Get Connected Online- 19th October – 2nd October [3 Monday afternoons] http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/898

137- Online Mental Health Awareness- 20th October  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/907

140- Online Managing Behaviour- 22nd October 9:30am-1.00pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/889

138- Online Intro to Family History- 5th Nov to 3rd Dec 3.15 – 4.45pm [5 Thursdays] http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/908

141- Online Managing Stress- 10th to 24th November 1.15 – 2.45pm (3 Tuesdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/910

142- Online Get that Job- 10th to 24th November 3.15-4.45pm (3 Tuesdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/911

143- Online Power to be You (Confidence Skills)- 11th to 25th November 1.15-2.45pm (3 Wednesdays ) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/890

139- Online Intro to Excel and Spreadsheets- 11th to 25th Nov (3 Wednesday Mornings)  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/909

144- Online Family Learning- 14th to 28th November 10.00-11.00am (3 Saturdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/912

145- Online Intro to Mindfulness- 20th November 13:15pm to 14:45pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/913

The easiest way to apply will be online through www.learninunisonwm.org.uk website. You will need sign up to the site if you have not already done this, if you require an application form please see contact Coventry branch office or ULRs.

If you you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829

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Check out the Unionlearn Festival of Learning

Over the coming months Unionlearn, a campaign of the TUC, will be organising the Autumn Festival of Learning.

Events will be run looking at a wide range of issues concerning Learning and Education, many of which will be online.

To find out more visit the Unionlearn website by clicking here.

It will include the Unionlearn annual conference, how to take the first steps back to university and much more. Check it out!

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Take the Numeracy Challenge this Checktember

This September UNISON in partnership with National Numeracy are once again providing members with an easy and straightforward way to improve their confidence and their skills in maths.

You may have struggled with numeracy based tasks at work, at home or unable to help your children with their homework – whatever the reason, it is never too late to learn or improve on functional skills.

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website. It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your current level, or for catching up on learning you missed and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

If you feel anxious about or lack confidence in numeracy take part in Checktember. Ten minutes a day using the friendly National Numeracy Challenge will really make a difference to your confidence and your numeracy skills.

To sign up please click on the links;

The Numeracy Challenge for members in schools-http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unisonsch

The Numeracy Challenge for members in health and social care http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unisonhsc

The Numeracy Challenge for members in other sectors http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unison

You’re not alone: hear UNISON national learning and development organiser Oreleo Du Cran explain how he became a ‘numbers person’

If you you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk              or contact the branch office on 02476 550829

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Online workshops from the Open University

UNISON Learning & Education; The Open University is now offering three of our most popular workshops to be delivered online this Autumn.


Managing challenging behaviour (for schools workers)

This virtual workshop designed specifically for workers in schools looks at developing our understanding of challenging behaviour and the strategies to help us cope with it through the following topics:

  • Dealing with an incident; the “cycle of behaviour”; what is “good” behaviour?; the TA’s relationship with children; when the going gets tough; working with parents; the behaviour policy; and how we promote positive behaviour.

Autism awareness

This virtual workshop aims to provide you with an increased understanding of autism through the following areas:

  • An introduction and background into autism; information on how autism presents; and finally how we can support those with autism. 

Recommended for anyone working with children or adults with autism or in contact with those with autism in their private life – or similarly for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding.

Dementia awareness

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • The brain (some clinical details); what dementia is (types and statistics); signs, symptoms and living ‘well’; quality standards; laws and theories in relation to dementia; the ethics and ethical dilemmas; and finally what we can do – nationally, locally, individually.

Recommended for anybody dealing with dementia or affected by dementia in some way (perhaps in a close loved one, a work colleague or a friend) and also those working with service users who may suffer from dementia.

To book any of these please complete the web form here  identifying which course[s] you would like to attend. Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

After your application one of our team will be in contact to confirm your place and then you will receive an invitation to the learning platform from the OU closer to your training date.

If you you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk                          or contact the branch office on 02476 550829


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50% off courses starting in the Autumn!


Autumn Term edition of Choice magazine

The Adult Education Service in Coventry has just published the latest edition of Choice magazine – and there is 50% off the cost of some courses!

You can find details of what courses are on offer, where they are due to take place and how to enrol by visiting their website.

This could be an excellent opportunity for UNISON members to get back in to education, learn a new skill or just do something for fun. If you want any more information please contact your UNISON Learning Reps (Suki Dhaliwal and Paul Hunt) via the branch office.

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Growing in confidence with UNISON learning

Workers’ Educational Association development courses autumn 2020:

Three member learning courses that are normally delivered as one day workshops are now online.

Participants will need access to a computer or table. Each course comprises six hours of learning, delivered in three two-hour Zoom sessions by a tutor from the WEA.

Power To Be You

  • Improve self-esteem
  • Share ideas and tips for addressing confidence and assertiveness issues
  • Learn more about UNISON education and development opportunities
  • Be able to speak up with confidence

Your Skills, Your Future

  • Identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development.
  • Feel more confident about your skills and abilities.
  • Find out about the UNISON learning offer and how you can get more involved with the union

Get That Job

  • Gain better knowledge of the job application process.
  • Gain confidence.
  • Reflect on your skills, and the skills for other jobs.
  • Understand the job application process.
  • Know how to complete job application forms, with reference to the person specification and job description.These sessions are now full, but you can sign up using the form below if you’d like to be notified when further courses are organised.

Due to their popularity these session are now full, but you can sign up using the form and will be notified when further courses are organised.

To apply, click on the link  here  and complete the form.

If you you would like more information, advice or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs;  suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Learning through the coronavirus crisis and beyond: ULearn 2020 is out now

The 2020 edition of from Unison learning is out now please click  Here


This year’s edition includes:

  • our new partnership with the Staff Skills Academy
  • hints and tips for taking learning online
  • creative writing
  • functional skills for ambulance staff
  • getting to grips with Makaton

… and much more besides!


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