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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Facing the present, looking to the future with UNISON member learning

Grief and bereavement training and support for carers

UNISON Learning have organised a series of online training sessions over the next few months that are designed not only to address issues of grief and bereavement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also to provide training on themes that will remain relevant well into the future. These sessions are run by the charity Cruse

The dates of these sessions are:

Wednesday 17th February 10:15am

Monday 1st March 14:15pm

Friday 19th March 10:15am

Thursday 1st April 14:15pm

Monday 19th April 10:15am

Each sessions runs for 2hours and 30 minutes. Please click on the link for the booking forms: https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/grief-and-bereavement-training-and-support-for-carers/ and further information about the course.

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

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Member Learning

For Social Workers & Social Care Staff

It is important that during this pandemic we keep well and look after our mental

member learning tree logo

health. Engaging in learning and development is a great way to keep your mind active and your spirits up.

UNISON Learning have put together a compilation of on-line courses which will enable you to develop your personal skills and training within the workplace.

The following courses are specifically for social workers and social care staff and are free or discounted for members.

Please click and follow the links;

Courses for Social Workers

Training includes personal development, social work CPD, looking after your mental health, leadership & management and health & safety.

https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/07/courses-for-social-workers.docx

Learning & development for Social Care Workers

If you are new in your job or looking for a new role in social care work http://www.aquestionofcare.org.uk/

If you would like to improve on your maths, English or digital skills https://learning.unison.org.uk/social-care/english-maths-digital/

Continued Professional Development https://learning.unison.org.uk/social-care/cpd-direct-caring-roles/

For workers in residential or community care, personal assistants, catering and domestic roles and administrative staff https://learning.unison.org.uk/social-care/cpd-support-roles/ https://learning.unison.org.uk/social-care/cpd-management-leadership/

This list of courses is not exhaustive and are a good starting. There are many more interesting learning opportunities that can be found with each of these providers on their individual platforms.

If you are not confident using a computer or would like to refresh your IT knowledge or need some assistance, Learn My Way will guide you through the basics;  https://www.learnmyway.com/

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

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Member Learning

For School Workers

member learning tree logo

It is important that during this pandemic we keep well and look after our mental health. Engaging in learning and development is a great way to keep your brain active and your spirits up.

UNISON Learning have put together a compilation of on-line courses which will enable you to develop your personal skills and training within the workplace.

The following courses are specifically for school staff and are free or discounted for members.

Please click and follow the links;

Courses for schools workers https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-schools-workers.docx

Courses for early years and under 5s workers https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-early-years-workers.docx

Courses for catering staff in schools https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-schools-workers-catering-staff1.docx

Courses for cleaning staff in schools https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/05/courses-for-schools-workers-cleaning-staff.docx

If you are not confident using a computer or would like to refresh your IT knowledge or need some assistance, Learn My Way will guide you through the basics; https://www.learnmyway.com/

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

Financial support UNISON Learning Grant is now available for 2021

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Activist training

COVID update

All our training is still being run online using interactive workshops wherever possible. Please check national and regional education websites for upcoming courses.

https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/

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

New Stewards: The Organising Steward online course Useful especially for reps whose shift patterns or personal commitments make it difficult to get to a classroom. It’s delivered by experienced TUC tutors and supported by UNISON organisers. The course will cover the same material as the face-to-face Stage 1 + Stage 2 workplace representatives course combination.

Health and safety reps training

New online induction training for health and safety reps – check regional education website

Advanced employment law Online versions of the advanced employment law courses. The first Disability Discrimination Law refresher was very popular – please keep an eye out on the national website for more.

Online learning for UNISON activists Our e-learning site has a selection of quick online learning activities for UNISON activists. You can learn about dyslexia, the menopause, data protection, apprenticeships, and more.

https://e-learning.unison.org.uk/

TUC introductory courses The TUC also has a wide range of online learning available, from short ‘eNotes’ giving you the basics of workplaces issues, including as the menopause, equality at work, and tackling hate speech, in twenty minutes, to full-length introductory courses for workplace representatives, health and safety representatives, and union learning representatives. Whether you’re a newly appointed rep, an experienced activist or just curious about what a particular role might entail, these courses are well worth investigating. Visit the TUC Education site

Training available for the various different activist roles include: Workplace representatives, Health and Safety representatives, Union learning representatives, Branch officers, further training for reps and officers.

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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Financial Support

UNISON Learning Grant is now available for 2021

Coventry City UNISON are pleased to announce that applications for the Learning Grant scheme 2021 is now open. Members can now apply of up to £300 towards a course.

Click here: https://learning.unison.org.uk/financial-support/

For more information or assistance contact UNISON ULRs: 

suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

or contact the branch office on 02476 550829

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