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Can You Help?

Dear Member

This first part of this update is for Derby City Council Employees, Can you help?

Many of you are calling us at the moment and I have had many discussions about transferable skills, please do not think you don’t have any, we all do, we all have so many skills that give us the ability to help others in these crazy situations we find ourselves in.

I have been involved in discussions with DCC, and we at UNISON are very much aware that essential service areas such as caring roles, crematorium and cemeteries roles, and refuse collectors role are in desperate need of some extra hands to the deck. After many of the phone calls I’ve taken I know lots of you want to help out in these difficult times.

Do we have any UNISON gym junkies who are missing there regular workout, could you help out with the amazing refuse team? full training is being delivered and full support from the managers and the team themselves. Every one of us wants our bin emptied right now! not having them emptied just causes us more stress and anxiety. Are you part of a team in your “normal” day job, could a few of you rise to a challenge? could you?

We all want to be looked after and cared for in our older years and right now its even more important, Our UNISON carers in our homes and in the community are doing a fantastic job, but again this is a service area where DCC are really struggling to get extra support. Every one of us cares for and has looked after someone at some point, could you offer some time now to help and support this service?

Our very own UNISON Derby City Branch Women’s Officer (Anita Jones) is being redeployed to help with essential services at one the city’s care homes. We fully support Anita and wish her well in this role.

Please remember, if you cant offer full time hours, one day a week helps keep these vital services running, 4 hours a day twice a week would also help, what can you offer? How can you help?   For refuse you will need to be physically fit to be able to pull/push bins and walk to and from the refuse truck.  For the other services you will need to have good customer care skills and be able to deal sensitively with vulnerable citizens.  You will be given appropriate training and PPE for the role.  All posts require travel to the site.

This will truly be very rewarding work and you will make a huge difference to the people of Derby. If you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding work, please complete the skills audit on the attached link here (Derby City Council Employees only) and the Redeployment Hub will be in touch with you.

Derby Volunteers at the Community Hub, for anyone who wishes to volunteer.

Volunteers are working hard to support those who need an extra helping hand during this pandemic. However, we still more need volunteers to help deliver this vital support across the city. We are receiving calls now from citizens who have no-one to rely on and we need to try and help fill that gap. We need your help to collect and deliver shopping, supplies, prescriptions etc.

Any volunteers who’d like to offer their services and those who need help can contact DerbyDirect on 01332 640000. The lines are open between 9.00am and 6.00pm every day, or you can email the Hub.
Deaf people can use our text service 0777 4333412.
Please share with any friends or family members, especially to those who have recently been furloughed. We’d also welcome any colleagues who would like to register as volunteers in their own time.

Many of you are already delivering Essential Services and we send our continued THANKS to you.

UNISON Derby City Branch want to thank you in advance for considering these opportunities to support these Essential job roles and want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all. We are fully supportive of the great work that is being done by all the volunteers and especially volunteers who have offered to be redeployed to other critical front line services.

Kind regards
Becky Everett
Branch Secretary
UNISON Derby City Branch

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UNISON Derby City Branch is still here for you

Dear Member

Myself and the regional team are working with the private sector care homes and care service within the communities, nurseries and academies to ensure you are being treated right by your employer. Thankfully in most cases you are. However in some you are not and we will do our upmost to ensure this changes. We truly have heard some awful stories.

Jill and Dennis your Assistant Branch Secretaries are picking up your calls and emails from all our members within Derby City Council. Both are being supported by our regional team. Jill should be enjoying her Easter Break as she is term time employed however the employer has granted her some extended facility time to support COVID-19. Jill will be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both weeks over the Easter Holidays.

Julie continues to support our members within Derby Homes.

Our Branch Team are working remotely and we also, are adapting to new ways of working. I’m proud of how we have come together as a team and continue to put the members first and in this crazy time still able to recruit new members.

On Tuesday we sent an email out about learning with UNISON, there are 100s of free courses available and we shared a small selection of courses with you. Take a look, while we’re in these times of lockdown why not do something for you! You never know where a few new qualifications and certificates can take you. If you are unable to print out any certificates you earn, I am happy to print the certificates for you and pop it in the post.

We, again would like to express our sincere THANK YOU’S, to you all. If your staying at home keeping you and your families safe, if your an essential worker and continuing to work or if your in isolation because you are or have been poorly or because you have been advised to. THANK YOU.
Everybody is doing there bit.

In these tough times try and find a positive every day.

If you have a colleague who would benefit from UNISON support right now regarding a COVID-19 situation, there is no better time to join, our 4 week joining rule has been lifted for the current time so we can ensure we can help more of you at this difficult time.
New members can join online just type “join UNISON” in your search bar.

Or email me for a membership form to be sent out to you, but please note, our post is being posted weekly and collected weekly while we also follow guidelines to keep safe while we work.

Should you need any help and support during COVID-19. Derby Response Hub can be contacted on 01332 640000 they can help with a wide range of services including collecting medication, essential shopping, dog walking and even a friendly chat if you need it.

Easter working arrangements for UNISON Derby City Branch.
Good Friday – closed
Bank Holiday Monday Closed
Reopen Tuesday 14th April 9am
Branch Officers will not be answering the phones over the Easter holidays.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter Break we will all be celebrating Easter differently this year but we hope you manage to enjoy it.
If your working – Thank you.

Keep yourself well, look after each other and stay safe.

Becky Everett
Branch Secretary
UNISON Derby City Branch

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UNISON Community Conference 2020

Unison Community Conference started with focussed meetings on service areas. I attended the housing association session which looked at issues facing housing staff across the country, discussed best practice and challenges still very prevalent in the sectors. Issues discussed ranged from universal credit challenges, leaseholder issues, staffing issues, support networks, mental health issues, working with tenants, staff bonuses. Outcomes from this were for a specific newsletter for housing related information and support to be put together to share best practice and inform of useful information.

Following this useful session the Community Seminar began and conference welcomed Christine McNea spoke to conference about the challenges affecting those working in the community sector. Questions were raised to the group around, rough sleeping, sleep ins, community sector increasing inside, housing associations related pay scale increase for work to be done, and other community related issues.

Saturday began we attended the Workshop on Deepening engagement in your unison, this turned out to be very useful and gave us some ideas for future planning for the branch to ensure that we can reach out to members across all sectors of our branch and make sure we include them all in future branch activities where possible.

There was then a speech from RT HON Mark Drakeford AM (First Minister of Wales) who covered issues which related to the Housing Crisis, Right to Buy, community issues, success stories from Wales and also fielded questions from delegates,



You can see more about Mark here…

and you can read his profile here…

Following this a lunch break the main business began, the annual report and other information was now brought to conference, you can read this here…

Motions now to be discussed were the following…

  • Engaging Branches in the community sector in LGBT+ Recruitment and Organising – Motion Carried
  • Recruitment and Organising – Motion Carried
  • Health and Safety Representation – Motion Carried
  • Racism in Community Workplaces – Motion Carried
  • Community Services for Women – a lifeline removed – Motion Carried
  • Community Employers, Accessibility Passports and Access to Work – Motion Carried
  • Sleeping in, losing out – Motion Carried
  • Making it fair for social care – Motion Carried
  • Right to buy and shared ownership in Housing Associations in England – Motion Carried
  • Supporting People – Motion Carried
  • National standards for social care – protecting disabled workers – Motion Carried
  • Branch Structures – Motion Carried
  • Inclusive Workplace Policies for Non-Binary members in the community Sector – Motion Carried
  • Recruitment and organising Black members in the fragmented workforce – Motion Carried
  • promoting the EU settlement scheme to community members – Motion Carried
  • Stop ‘First Homes’ proposals – Motion Carried

This brought to a close the Community Conference 2020 until next year.