Adult Education

Coventry Adult Education Service Choice Magazine_Summer 2021 is out now

Choice magazine summer 2021

Visit; https://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/file/34596/choice_magazine_-_summer_2021

Learn a new skill or gain a new qualification. Includes the Functional Skills; maths, English and computer and ESOL classes. Classes are being delivered online, face-to-face or a mixture of both.

Or Visit; https://learning.unison.org.uk/member-learning/english-maths-it/

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Build your skills with UNISON Learning

Skills Builder

UNISON has developed a new free online tool to help build confidence using maths and English. Skills Builder is a practical resource with tips on calculating dimensions, speed reading and spelling

Skills builder: develop your skills in reading, writing and numbers

It can be used as many times as you want, if you do not complete it, it will pick up where you left off, can be used on a smartphone, desktop or laptop.

There’s also a refresher on basic maths, with clear explanations and examples on fractions, percentages, divisions, and multiplications.

Visit; https://skills-builder.dreamm.co.uk/

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Learning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week – Monday 17 – Sunday 23 May 2021

Learning at Work Week 2021 Get involved with our five step guide!

This year’s theme is Made For Learning, with three strands: learning, curiosity and connecting. Visit https://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/news/learning-at-work-week-2021-theme

National Numeracy Day. Wednesday 19 May. Sign up to become a Champion and help your colleagues get more confident with numbers Visit: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/numeracyday

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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UNISON learning for mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Monday 10th May – Sunday 16th May

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 

The Mental Health Foundation have a range of useful publications that you can download for free, visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications

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/

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Workers’ Memorial Day

New resources for International Workers’ Memorial Day 28 April 2021

To mark Workers’ Memorial Day the TUC have produced some new resources to help union reps remind everyone why safety at work is so important.

Here are 5 ways to get involved with Workers’ Memorial Day:

Register for the TUC national zoom call with special guest speakers
Check out the timeline of workplace tragedies and the fight for safer work
Pay tribute to someone who lost their life to work in the online memorial
Search for your local Memorial Day event or add your own
Download posters and graphics to print off or share online

And you can find all the IWMD resources at https://www.tuc.org.uk/wmd 

To share this with colleagues click to tweet or share to Facebook.
In solidarity, UNISON Cov City Branch
 
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Financial Wellbeing Week

4th – 7th May

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

Click on the following link and fill in the form to register https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/financial-wellbeing-week/

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Upcoming Activist Courses

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: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

023 Online TUC Reps Stage 1 – 28th April to 7th July (10 Wednesday Mornings 10am-12pm) 

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/936 

025 Online Intro to Health and Safety- 29th April to 27th May (5 Thursday Mornings 10am-12pm) 

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/938 

024 Online Handling Grievance and Disciplinary- 28th and 29th April  

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/937 

026 Online Dealing with a Disciplinary- 8th and 9th June  

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/939 

027 Online Organising Steward – 15th June to 13th July (5 Tuesday Mornings 10am-12pm) 

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/940 

028 Online Dealing with a Grievance- 22nd to 23rd June  

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/941 

If 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 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Online training for English, maths and digital skills

Functional Skills Qualifications

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.

Choice magazine spring 2021 cover

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

https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/58/adult_education/1463/choice_updates

ESOL classes | Enrol on an English, ESOL or Maths course | Coventry City Council

The offer includes paid overtime to do any one of the courses out of working hours. For further information contact Adult Education Service on 02476975200 or email: training@coventry.gov.uk

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Are you starting a course in 2021? If so, you may be entitled a £300 Learning Grant

Get in touch to find out more!

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 office@unisoncoventry.co.uk to discuss or call 02476550829.

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New year, new opportunities

Get learning with UNISON!

There are a host of learning and training opportunities available through UNISON. A page on the union’s national website gives some great details about what is out there.

As it states

‘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.’

There is more information in the following areas:

If you are not yet a member of UNISON, click here to join!

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