Being a ULR adds up to an award for Jane

UNISON Union Learning Rep (ULR) Jane Yugire has won the 2019 unionlearn ULR of the Year Award for Supporting Numeracy at this year’s unionlearn Annual Conference.

Jane Yugire

Jane works in the Adult Social Care department at Newcastle City Council and has been supporting colleagues since becoming aware that many of them had little chance to take part in learning.

Jane said:

The role of the ULR is very important, for the individual doing the job, for the employer and for the union. You can use the role to reach out to the wider workforce where members are in a trade union, but even to the wider community as well.

Jane is particularly keen to support learners build up their maths skills and said:

Numeracy is an area of my work that I am very passionate about, for a very long time. Last year I set up a numeracy class for parents in this part of Newcastle. The courses are linked to the curriculum so the parents can support their children.

Supporting Jane for her award, Newcastle City Council Branch Secretary Paul Gilroy said:

Jane is a big part of our branch, she was a UNISON member who became an activist, and then used that activism to represent her members – and we are really really pleased that she has won an award.

Chris Dugdale who is Service Manager of Care Services at Newcastle City Council also praised Jane and said:

Jane plays such an important role in our organisation and we are so very very proud of her winning this award. Jane has helped parents to help their children and help parents to develop their own learning.

Unionlearn Director, Kevin Rowan, added:

Jane has done a fantastic job supporting parents and members across Newcastle develop their numeracy skills and we are very pleased to present her with a ULR Award at this year’s conference.

Union Learning Reps are vital in promoting learning and skills development, which not only helps workers, but also employers and the wider community award.