It’s been a difficult year. The pandemic and how it has been dealt with has had an impact on us all. Whether you suffer from stress, are dealing with grief, isolation, uncertainty, loneliness or boredom, it is important to recognise the symptoms and learn how to look after your mental health.
Mental Health Week runs from 10th -16th May. It will help you focus on things that matter. This year the theme is ‘Nature’. Going for a walk or just being outside has been one of the main ways people have been able to support their health. For information and advice visit: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
There is a multitude of learning resources available from UNISON Learning and from our partners.
You may be looking to understand your own mental health better, or to support family or friends. You may wish to develop a greater awareness of mental health issues as part of your continuing professional development. Or you may be a UNISON activist wanting to know how you can help members in your workplace and branch. Visit: https://learning.unison.org.uk/mental-health/
UNISON’s There For You charity provides support for members who face financial hardship. If you have any concerns about your financial situation now or in the future or would like more information about how to manage your finances, please read on.
UNISON Learning and Organising Services have organised a Financial Wellbeing Week beginning on 4 May to offer educational information and training to help support members with their understanding of, confidence with and ability to handle their finances.
Lighthouse Financial and National Numeracy will be delivering the following sessions:
Financial Wellbeing webinars – what it is and how to work towards it and the impact of financial worries on our general wellbeing. There is a choice of 3 sessions: Tuesday 4th May 12pm Wednesday 5th May 2pm Thursday 6th May 6pm
Pensions and Retirement Explained! – what it is and how to work towards it and the impact of financial worries on our general wellbeing. This webinar is 45 minutes long and will take place on Friday 7th May 10am
Financial confidence from National Numeracy – these two-hour sessions will help build your confidence in dealing with finances and money related numeracy. There is a choice of two sessions: Tuesday 4th May 14:00pm Thursday 6th May 10:00am
Budgeting– this workshop designed to help members manage their income and understand how to set up a budget using their computer. There is a choice of two sessions: Thursday 6th May 10:30am Thursday 6th May 1.30pm
UNISON West Midlands Spring & Summer Stewards Courses 2021
Please see the latest online courses for reps from UNISON learning West Mids. The best way to apply is online at the links below. If you are not signed up to the website you will need to do this first at the ‘Sign Up’ page. Branch will then need to approve attendance.
For further information, advice or if there are any issues around facility time contact branch on 02476550829 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Are you interested in gaining English, maths or computer skills qualifications? These are called Functional Skills and are essential, everyday skills to help you at work and as part of your personal development.
In a joint promotion we are asking members to have a look at the Functional Skills offer being delivered by Adult Education – check the link below to the latest CHOICE magazine
Are you starting a course in 2021? If so, you may be entitled to a Learning Grant of up to £300 from UNISON.
These grants are intended to help members studying at levels up to and including undergraduate at their own expense on courses to help with personal development or any career related course relevant to working in public services, including public services delivered by private contractors.
A number of UNISON members in Coventry have received this grant in the past and we strongly recommend people to get in touch to find out more information about it!
There is an application form that needs to be filled in which can be accessed here. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria, get in touch with us at email@example.com to discuss or call 02476550829.
‘2021 looks to be almost as challenging a year as 2020 – but that doesn’t have to stop us making plans for the future, building on plans we’d already made, or working to make things better.
As new measures are introduced across the UK to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, UNISON’s programme of learning for our members and training for our activists continues in a safe manner.’