Case Studies

Unionlearn links into Community Living Sustainably

04 September 2014 South West

Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) is a national initiative that aims to encourage behaviour change among individuals and communities so they can cope better with the environmental, economic and social impacts of a changing climate.

12 community partnerships of public, private and voluntary sector bodies were chosen across the country to explore and develop ideas to make local communities more sustainable.

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Exeter unions hold exhibition on working lives during WW1

11 August 2014 South West

More than 200 people visited an exhibition showing how working people were affected by the First World War.

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Unionlearn gives Jackie a Boost

06 August 2014 South West

Jacqueline Lee is a Healthcare Assistant in Stoma Care, and Unison member, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

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Taking learning from the workplace into the local community

30 July 2014 Midlands

Union Support officer, Alan Cook teaching using the Learn My Way resourceArmed with resources on community learning, public services union Unison ULR (Union Learning Representative) Joanne Fletcher used the trade union workplace learning offer to create new learning opportunities for the local community through her church.

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Keeping Equalities on the Agenda

29 July 2014 Midlands

In a time of cuts and austerity there is the danger that equalities issues could easily slip down the trade union agenda, as protecting jobs and terms and conditions becomes the priority. Unionlearn in the Midlands held an event to remind trade unionists that at times like this, people who face discrimination need the support of the trade union movement even more than ever.

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ESOL Volunteering

29 July 2014 Midlands

Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that people who do not speak English well are less likely to have qualifications or be in work.  People who speak English 'not well' or 'not at all' have an employment rate of just 48%, compared to a rate of 65% for people who speak English 'well' or 'very well'. In comparison, people with English as their main language have an employment rate 72%.

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IT Training for Unite Retired Members

29 July 2014 Midlands

The general Unite union has a very vibrant and active retired members section. However, the union’s East Midlands Retired Members’ Regional Coordinating Committee found that members were not accessing their emails or contributing to the debate on the blog (http://systonmike.blogspot.co.uk) it has set up to report on its activities and get feedback.  Committee Lay Secretary Mike McLoughlin decided that it was time for some IT training.

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TOPAZ Birmingham

28 July 2014 Midlands

Unionlearn in the Midlands recently joined forces with the pioneering new TOPAZ project for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Birmingham to deliver the first IT course run by unions for the LGBT community in the city.

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Calling time on Women's Wasted Potential

28 July 2014 Midlands

An International Women’s Day Inspiring Change Event

Mary Alys, who died in May 2013, was a key union voice on skills in the Midlands for over a decade in her roles at the helm of the region’s TUC Learning Services and then unionlearn. She was also a lifelong feminist and peace campaigner and a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for more than 30 years. She firmly believed in the power of learning to transform people’s lives.

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University Hospital of North Staffordshire

28 July 2014 Midlands

When arrangements for an IT course for ancillary staff in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire HSDU sterile services (the decontamination unit) fell through, unionlearn in the Midlands tutors were able to step in and run the course.

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