Lifelong Learning

Member Courses

ONLINE PRE-RETIREMENT PLANNING    09 June – 07 July . 11.45-12.45   [5 Thursday mornings]  

This new course will be of specific interest to those UNISON members that are either nearing towards or thinking about or retirement. It will look at the emotional, practical and financial implications of retirement and identify areas of opportunity for hobbies and leisure. It will also consider some areas where financial assistance may be available.  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1040

ONLINE MANAGING STRESS 13 June – 04 July 2022  . 11.15—12.45    [4 Thursday mornings]

These sessions will consider some of the main causes of stress in society. It will look at proven ways of coping with stress, strategies for not letting stress overwhelm a person and potentially harmful stress reduction strategies. A course cannot eradicate stress during stressful times, but you can learn how to manage it better. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1041

ONLINE INTRO TO MINDFULNESS   13 June – 04 July 2022   1:15pm – 2:45pm   (4 Monday Afternoons)

This session will focus on what mindfulness is and the benefits of practicing it regularly. It is a therapeutic technique that focuses on the individual being fully aware in the present moment. Benefits of mindfulness can be numerous to both physical and mental well-being, particularly reducing stress. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1042

ONLINE EXCEL AND SPREADSHEETS (ADVANCED)  AFTERNOON 28 June – 12 July 2022 1:15pm-2:45pm (3 Tuesday afternoons]

This course has been developed to enable you to add more advanced functions of Excel into your spreadsheet work. You should already have a good grasp of using Excel or have completed the Intermediate Level course with UNISON. It will cover topics that include complex formulas and formatting which will enable you to produce highly efficient and productive workbooks. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1039

ONLINE BEREAVEMENT  AWARENESS 28th June 10:15am-12:45am

This online workshop is open to any UNISON member that wants to reflect on the grieving process and gain a greater  understanding of current models that can help. It will also look at the impact of loss on families, individuals and the role communication can play. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1031

Power To Be You – taster session    12 May 2022   12:00pm–1:30pm

In this 1.5 hour workshop, centred around confidence and self-esteem, we look at ways of increasing your own confidence and recognition of your personal  achievements.                    https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/power-to-be-you-taster/

Prudent Punctuation 19 May 2022  12:30pm–1:30pm                                                 

This is a lunchtime webinar for UNISON members who want to take a moment to look at their writing skills and especially how punctuation works. Make punctuation work for you whether you are an aspiring writer or want to brush up your skills! This session helps you to review the purpose of   punctuation marks and how to use them in everyday contexts.  https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/prudent-punctuation/

Attachment in the Early Years 15 June 2022   1.30pm—5.00pm

This is a UNISON and The Open University workshop delivered by trained OU tutors and is aimed at people working in early years settings or those with an interest in attachment theory for young children. https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/attachment-in-the-early-years/

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If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  & paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

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Choice Magazine

SUMMER 2022

See the latest courses from Adult Education – follow the link choice-magazine-summer-2022

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Lifelong Learning

Update your Skills

                                       

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Member Resources

Your chance to help shape the UNISON College

A new UNISON College is underway to help members get the training and development they need for their personal and professional success and fulfilment.

Over the past year, work has been going on to lay the groundwork for that College. Now we need your help to build on that, to make sure that it matches what you need and expect.

That’s why we’re conducting a survey of UNISON members. In it we’re asking about your experiences of education and learning so far, and about what you would want from a UNISON College.

It should take about ten minutes to complete and, as a thank you, we’ll enter you into a draw to win a shopping voucher worth up to £250.

Please complete the survey – and please let other members in your branch know about it too. We want to get as wide a response as possible to make sure that we truly understand what UNISON members want from and for their College.

Follow the link and complete the survey https://portal.iffresearch.com/mrIWeb/mrIWeb.dll?I.Project=J11738&id

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Personal & Professional Development

UNISON Learning West Mids. & National

Latest free online workshops & courses. These are well delivered and very popular, to apply click on the links.

ONLINE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE – 8th March 2022 10:15am-12:45pm Delivered by Cruse Bereavement Care, the webinar covers: loss and grief; effective and compassionate communication with the bereaved; developing confidence when talking about difficult and sensitive topics; the impact of supporting others and the importance of your self-care.

ONLINE YOUR SKILLS, YOUR FUTURE – 10th to 24th March 11:15pm-12:45pm (3 Thursday Afternoons) The course is aimed at those members who want to identify their transferable skills and are considering making some changes to their lives. You will also find out more about being part of UNISON. It will help identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development. It will also help gain confidence in your skills and abilities.

ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – 30th March 9:30am-1:00pm This workshop delivered by the Open University is aimed at members working in a variety of different settings, including variations of the workshop to raise mental health awareness for those working with adults, young people or children. This workshop aims to help you:  develop a greater awareness of mental health  understand the main mental health problems that people face  gain an insight into the experience of having mental distress  explore some strategies for promoting good mental health  take a revised awareness to the workplace.

Gaming and gambling awareness for parents and carers 9 March 2022 12:30pm–1:45pm

UNISON is offering members an opportunity to join a webinar that helps parents and carers ponder the issues around young people’s gaming and gambling. The session can also be useful for anyone working with children and young people. This lunchtime session is delivered by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) 

Power To Be You – taster session 24 March 2022 12:00pm–1:30pm

In this 1.5 hour workshop, centred around confidence and self-esteem, we look at ways of increasing your own confidence and recognition of your personal achievements.

Poems for Change: poetry workshop 24 March 2022 2:00pm–5:00pm

Everyone has a poem waiting to be written. Everyone has a story to spin or a truth to tell. We all wrote poems when we were children but then most of us stopped. So if you’ve ever wanted to rediscover the poet in you then this enjoyable, practical and interactive workshop is for you.

If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  & paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

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UNISON £300 Learning Grant Scheme Open for 2022!

Learning with UNISON – from the UNISON national website

The UNISON Learning Grant is now open for applications! UNISON members can apply for grants of up to £300 to help with costs associated with courses that are being undertaken.

Many members of our branch have applied for this grant over the years and have benefited from the assistance that is available.

There is a short form, and some qualifying criteria that need to be met. The process is very straightforward and we are very happy to answer any queries or help out with completing the form.

Read more and access the form by clicking here.

For help or information, please contact your branch Learning Reps using the details below.

Suki Dhaliwal – suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk

Paul Hunt – paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Join the UNISON Skills Club!

Image from UNISON national website

UNISON have launched a new initiative for 2022, and we encourage all members to look in to it. The Skills Club looks like a great way to get in to learning and develop some new skills. As the following information from the national website states, the mini courses are self guided so you can complete them when it is convenient for you.

There’s no need to create a new you for the new year! Join UNISON’s Skills Club instead and learn new skills. You can top up your continuous professional development (CPD) or learn for fun and find new interesting topics to explore.

Each month from January onwards UNISON will curate an online course for the Skills Club for you to dive in. The courses are self-guided so you can work on them following your own schedule.

The first course for 2022 is an introduction to British Sign Language, with more details released soon about future skills.

To access the UNISON Skills Club, you need to apply for Skills Academy account. Click here to sign up. You will need your UNISON membership number.

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Short Courses

UNISON LEARNING

These free online short courses from UNISON West Midlands and partner organisations are designed to help members with personal and professional development. They are very popular so if you are interested in applying please follow the links and sign up.

ONLINE CARING FOR ADULTS

Date: 02 February 2022 Provider: Open University 2 February 2022 9:30am – 1.00pm Online

This workshop is delivered by the Open University at an introductory level, aimed at those in or considering a care role in a variety of settings. The workshop will cover: good communication in care, palliative and end-of-life care, positive risk taking http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1009

ONLINE INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY HISTORY

Dates: 02 March – 30 March 2022 Provider: WEA West Midlands 2nd to 30th March 11:15am-12:45pm (5 Wednesday Mornings)

Are you a UNISON member that has always wanted to know more about your past but are not sure where to start? This course will provide you with an introduction to researching family history and genealogy. It will look at the ever-increasing range of online family history resources and the skills required to navigate them accurately and efficiently. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1003

ONLINE PRE-RETIREMENT PLANNING

Dates: 03 March – 31 March 2022 Provider: WEA West Midlands 3rd to 31st March 11:15am-12:45pm (5 Thursday Mornings)

This new course will be of specific interest to those UNISON members that are either nearing towards or thinking about or retirement. It will look at the emotional, practical and financial implications of retirement and identify areas of opportunity for hobbies and leisure. It will also consider some areas where financial assistance may be available. http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1004

If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  & paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

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UNISON Members

Courses & Events February 2022

Coaching and Leadership Skills for Social Care Managers 4 sessions: Dates: 1 & 15th February – 1st &15 March 2022 9.30am-12.30pm

Free to UNISON members working as managers in social care settings, this course offers an opportunity to develop your leadership skills to better support your team. This is a new course being delivered by an experienced Social Care training provider The course will cover Please note, you can only apply if you can commit to attending all 4 sessions. This will be an interactive online course delivered via MS Teams. To apply for a place, complete and submit the form here: https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/coaching-and-leadership-skills-for-social-care-managers/

ONLINE MANAGING STRESS

Dates: 03 February – 17 February 2022 Provider: WEA West Midlands 3 sessions:11:15am – 12:45pm

These sessions will consider some of the main causes of stress in society. It will look at proven ways of coping with stress, strategies for not letting stress overwhelm a person and potentially harmful stress reduction strategies. A course cannot eradicate stress during stressful times, but you can learn how to manage it better. To apply here: http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/1001

If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  & paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

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Training: Computer Skills

Getting Started in Microsoft Excel: Level 1

2 – 3 February 2022

Wednesday 2 February 2022 – 9.30am to 1.30pm Thursday 3 February 2022 – 9.30am to 1.30pm

Attendees will leave this two-day online course with the basic skills necessary to create, edit, format and manipulate spreadsheet data. No previous experience of Excel is necessary, but attendees should have a basic understanding of PCs, including familiarity with keyboard and mouse.

Course content covers: Getting started – entering data – creating simple formulas – revision exercises – working with functions – simple formatting options – build your first spreadsheet

Places on the course are limited and learners are expected to take part in hands-on activities. This course will be delivered on Teams and it will take place over two morning sessions.

This course is very popular and fills up fast. To apply for a place, please click on the link and complete the form here: learning.unison.org.uk/events/getting-started-in-microsoft-excel-level-1/

If you are not a UNISON member you can join online here; join.unison.org.uk/ or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  & paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

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