H&S and Disabled Members webinar 09 Dec.

UNISON’s H&S Committee and its Disabled Members Committee planned to host a face-to-face webinar in December on several covid-related topics.

Unfortunately, due to planned rail action on Fridays/Saturdays throughout December, we have had to change this to an online MS Teams event.

We’ve also decided to split the content and run it over three separate webinars, with the remaining two taking place in the first half of 2023.

The webinar is being held on 9th December 2023, between 10:30am to 12:30pm, and is an employment law session by Thompson’s solicitors giving you a chance to get some top advice in relation to covid-related cases you’re involved in, and will also include an update on emerging case law.

There will also be a very brief update on Year of Disabled Workers to advise you of some ‘asks’ that UNISON’s General Secretary Christina McAnea is asking of all branches.

Use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/465070507407

We hope you register for the event and hope to see you on the 9th.

Stress and ADHD awareness – free learning courses

We have secured funding through Scottish Union Learning to run the courses below which are open to both members and activists, so please promote widely.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with unsuccessful applicants placed on a waiting list for future courses.

Applicants should e-mail: memberlearningscotland@unison.co.uk   with their preferred course/s and date/s.

Stress Awareness – 3 Course Dates to choose from

  1. 3rd February – 9.30 to 12.30
  2. 7th February – 1.30 to 4.30
  3.  10th February – 9.30 to 12.30 

Course Outline

  • What is stress and  Is stress a mental illness ? 
  • Types of stress and What causes stress? 
  • What does stress feel like? 
  • Am I stressed? Is there a Stress Symptoms Checklist 
  • How does stress affect your health? 
  • Does stress affect men and women differently?
  • How can we prevent stress ? 
  • How to manage stress  
  • What treatments are there for stress? 
  • Where to find Stress Management Support? 

ADHD Awareness – 3 Course Dates to choose from

  1. 27th January – 10 to 12.30
  2. , 8th February – 10 to 12.30
  3.  17th February – 10 to 12.30

Course Outline

  • An introduction and history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 
  • How ADHD is diagnosed. 
  • How ADHD affects children, adolescents, teens, and adults
  • The different treatment methods and therapies for ADHD.
  • How to recognise behavioral patterns in those with ADHD.
  • About the misconceptions often associated with ADHD. 

CALLING ALL COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVISTS – an important date for your diary

Our next communications activists’ event is taking place on Wednesday, 24 November, from 1-2pm.

UNISON Scotland’s Communications and Campaigns Committee holds activist communications meetings twice a year.  These events are open to all branch activists with an interest in communications/campaigns and offer the chance to come together and share good practices, learn from each other and discuss communications/campaigning in UNISON.

At this event, we will be taking a closer look at our recent successful health campaign and we will be hearing from Tam Hiddleston, chair of our health campaign group.  The focus will be on campaigning so this event will be of interest to all communications activists, not just those in health.  This is a virtual event and will take place on Teams. 

If you are interested in attending this meeting please reply to Rosaleen Rodgers at r.rodgers@unison.co.uk and we will email you a link for the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you there.


Communications Officers

November and December online training courses

If you are interested in attending any of these courses please arrange for the attached booking form to be completed and then forward it to activisteducationscotland@unison.co.uk as soon as possible. 

Please note that all of the courses are subject to numbers:

  • Online ERA Refresher (24 & 25 November – 9.30 am to 1.00 pm each day)
  • Online Organising for Health & Safety (2, 3, 9, 10 December – 9.30 am to 1.00 pm each day)
  • Online ERA Refresher (13 & 14 December – 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm each day)

Please note that December’s Organising Stewards course is full but we hope to advertise some online courses for January to April 2022 very soon.