New booklet from UNISON showcases learning opportunities

New booklet from UNISON showcases learning opportunities


The new ULR toolkit

The Learning and Education team at Coventry City UNISON are pleased to publicise a new ULR toolkit which outlines some great ideas and opportunities for learning, training and development. This is an excellent tool for all UNISON activists.

Produced nationally by UNISON, it details how the union can offer courses and opportunities around things such as Maths, English and Digital Skills. There is also some really useful information about the Open University, OpenLearn and Future Learn with a guide about tackling stress in the workplace, linking up with local libraries and much more.


Information from the Open University

If would like more information and have questions about what UNISON can do for you and your colleagues contact the branch office!

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New issue of Learning Rep magazine out now

New issue of Learning Rep magazine out now

Learning Rep Magazine

The latest issue of Learning Rep magazine is out now. Learning Rep is produced by Unionlearn and the TUC and is full of information about learning, education and development.

It includes;

  • Training the train drivers of the future
  • Promoting reading for change
  • Renewing jobs on Humberside
  • Scoring for equality in Barnsley
  • Moving on in mid-life
  • Learning at the supermarket

Click here to have a read!

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New pamphlet from Coventry UCU!

New pamphlet from Coventry UCU!


The new pamphlet from Coventry UCU

The Coventry City UNISON Education and Learning team are very pleased to promote a new pamphlet produced by brothers and sisters from the Coventry branch of the University and College Union (UCU). The pamphlet entitled ‘Growth is ok, but…what about quality?’ gives a very good outline and overview of the situation facing Higher Education and in particular at Coventry University.

They state

“We think that instead of pursuing growth at all costs, effectively riding headlong into the storm, we should be concentrating on providing quality education within a sustainable growth plan, investing where necessary, and riding out the storm. The new providers that are only concerned with profit will be shown, as they have already in the US, to be offering a ‘subprime’ investment for students.”

The pamphlet also explains how UCU have gone from strength to strength at the university with excellent campaigning, and this should serve as an inspiration to all UNISON activists and members.

You can download the pamphlet by clicking here. Let us know any feedback!



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Mental health first aid – we all have a role to play

Mental health first aid – we all have a role to play

Mental Health First Aid

Mental health first aid

We are pleased to publish this piece on Mental Health First Aid originally carried on the TUC Unionlearn website.

Huma Munshi, along with a number of colleagues at the TUC, has recently been trained as a Mental Health First Aider – in this blog she writes about the course and how people can support mental health at work….

Along with a number of TUC colleagues, I took part in a two-day training session on mental health first aid. The purpose of the course was to develop the confidence and the capacity of the participants to provide “first aid” to colleagues who may be showing signs of mental distress.

There are some facts we may all be familiar with: one in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Stress, anxiety, depression can often be a very natural response to the pressures we may all face: be that at work, in our personal lives, financial worries or trauma. But there are also some other facts I learnt at the training course which struck me. The suicide rate for men is significantly higher than for women, the UK suicide rate was 10.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2014. The male suicide rate was more than 3 times higher than the female rate, with 16.8 male deaths per 100,000 compared with 5.2 female deaths. Notions of masculinity and staying quiet in the face of mental distress all make it harder for some people to access appropriate help.

The trainer emphasised the importance of making sure the person in distress is safe. Despite the media’s sensationalised headlines, a person with severe mental health problems is more likely to hurt themselves or be a victim of hate crime.

After safety considerations have been met it is important to reassure the person, provide initial help and guide a person towards appropriate professional help. Throughout the course there was an emphasis on what we as an organisation and as individuals can do to address the stigma that still surrounds mental health. A person may internalise this stigma or shame and may be less likely to ask for help.

There are a number of steps we can all take to ensure we proactively create a positive working environment. This can be though calling out bullying if we witness it to offering a sympathetic ear when a colleague may be under pressure. It may not always be obvious that someone is going thought a difficult or distressing time. People experiencing mental health difficulties may be high functioning so may not always show signs of experience mental distress. Given we spend so much time in the workplace, it makes sense to have a workplace which is safe and has a positive impact on our wellbeing.

The two day course was an intense and challenging experience but I see it as an opportunity to use the learning to raise awareness amongst colleagues. Any one of us could experience a traumatic experience or significant levels of stress that could have an adverse reaction on our mental health. There is a great benefit in learning about mental health, listening to our colleagues without judgement and providing support. The barrier of shame and stigma can only be removed through dialogue.

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Visit the UNISON West Midlands learning website

Visit the UNISON West Midlands learning website


The UNISON West Midlands Learning website

UNISON in the West Midlands currently run a regional learning website for activists and members of the union. It has details of courses run by the union on a wide variety of subjects from activist training (eg Health and Safety, representation etc) to more general courses such as word processing and Excel.

You can visit the website for more details by clicking here.

If you would like more information please contact your branch Learning Reps Paul Hunt and Mike Wallace.

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Summer issue of Choice magazine out now!

Summer issue of Choice magazine out now!

Choice Summer 2017

Out now!

The Summer 2017 issue of Choice magazine is out now. There are many courses available in the Coventry area for people to consider. The magazine includes course details such as venues, dates and times, and how to enrol. There are also contact numbers if you require further information.

You can access Choice magazine by clicking here

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UNISON can help you find a course!

UNISON can help you find a course!


UNISON can now help members find courses with a new scheme through the union’s Trax system. As a recent bulletin from the union explains

“We can find the right course for UNISON learners through the online expression of interest form that is part of our Trax system.

Learners can complete the form themselves, or ULRs can fill it in on their behalf, and we will then get back in touch within 10 working days with details of a course they should like.

The more information on the form, the easier it will be to source the right course.”

The form can be accessed by visiting this link

If you have any questions please contact your branch Learning Reps.

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