UNISON is of course the most wonderful organisation ever but it has 1.3 million members who work in a number of very different public services (public, voluntary and private) in all parts of the UK.
So its structures and what you have to do to become more active in UNISON can appear (and is) daunting to even long-standing members.
In Greater London Region (jargon check), for many years, we have been running a "Lost in Unison" course which have been really successful and received lots of positive feedback.
I recommend that if you are a Greater London UNISON member and are interested in finding out more check out below (if you don't know which region you belong to but know your membership number use this link https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/ or ring via UNISONdirect https://www.unison.org.uk/about/contact/)
To all Branch Secretaries and Branch Education Co-Ordinators
"Dear colleague, you will be aware that that region has been running an online ‘Lost in UNISON’ stewards induction session for those new to the role, or anyone interested in finding out more before making the commitment, and feedback from the online course has been very positive.
I’m pleased to confirm extra dates have now been confirmed and more details regarding the course, dates and how to apply can be found below:-
LOST IN UNISON STEWARDS INDUCTION SESSION
UNISON is committed to helping and developing you, our new stewards through this initial period while you’re still finding your feet. We’d like to invite you to attend a steward induction session which will give you some training in steward basics, allow you to explore your role, develop your skills and gain the experience and confidence to be an effective steward in your workplace.
You will also meet other new stewards and have an opportunity to become part of a new mentoring program designed to support new stewards in their workplace and the branch.
Thinking of becoming a steward? Then Lost In Unison is also open to you. It’s a great way to find out more about the role and what it involves before making a decision.
The course will run online (via MS Teams) and will be 2 short sessions each of 2 hours (10am -12pm). You do need to be able to attend both sessions. To register please complete the relevant form for the date you would like to attend
Friday 10 & Friday 17 September (10am – 1pm) Ref 04/21
Closing date for registration Noon on 1 September
Tuesday 12 & Tuesday 19 October (10am – 1pm) – Ref Lost 05/21
Closing date for registration Noon on 1 October
Tuesday 7 & Tuesday 14 December (10am – 1pm) – Ref Lost 06/21
Closing date for registration Noon on 1 December