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DON’T FORGET THIS WEEK – our Annual General Meeting 2021

This Years Annual General Meeting will be carried out on Zoom and we have created 3 sessions to give you more chance to join in as we appreciate your working hours and availability may differ. You have been emailed your joining details if you haven’t received your links please contact us.

We have also arranged some interesting Guest speakers at each session from across UNISON covering a range of issues which we hope you will find useful.

FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021 12noon – 1.30pm
Guest Speaker – Gavin Edwards – UNISON National Head of Social Care

FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021 6pm – 7.30pm with a Quiz to follow
Guest Speaker – Chris Tansley – Regional National Executive Committee Member

SATURDAY 6 MARCH 2021 11am – 1.00pm
Guest Speaker – Jon Richards – UNISON National Secretary for Social Care, Education, Local Government, Police and Enforcement.

Don’t forget that we have a Quiz after the meeting on Friday night so get a pen and paper at the ready and something to drink.

I would urge you to attend where possible especially members who would like to continue being stewards and reps as these will be ratified in these AGMS.

Agenda, Minutes and supporting documents, branch officer reports and zoom advice can be accessed access by visiting…

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Online Training Opportunities for You!

Kindly put together by our East Midlands Regional Office, these are training opportunities and support you can access online.

During periods of uncertainty and anxiety many people turn to education to help them find a way through. With our classroom courses temporarily halted we wanted to create a list of online learning and support that’s available.

We hope you find these useful…. (Please click on the image below to view more Details)

Most of these are free unless stated otherwise. Below is a brief list but there are lots more out there.

You will also find details below of UNISON’s Learning Grants to support members that are paying for their own courses.

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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.