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LGBT+ Live! 13-15 November 2020

Like many other organisations, UNISON has had to cancel many of its conferences and meetings as a result of COVID-19.

But the UK’s biggest union has democracy at its heart and still wants its members to be involved.

With this in mind, UNISON’s LGBT+ members have organised a series of virtual events in place of their usual conference online – LGBT+ Live! – 13 to 15 November.


There will be a variety of online sessions that members can participate in.


How to register


These events are only open to UNISON members. To attend LGBT+ Live! you must be an LGBT+ member of UNISON. This is in line with UNISON’s commitment to self-organisation for under-represented groups.


In order to make LGBT+ Live! as accessible as possible, please let us know if there are any adjustments you will need to allow you to take part in a virtual event.


To register your interest in attending please email [email protected] as follows:


Please include the subject heading – LGBT+ Live!

In your email – please provide:


1.Your name

2.Your membership number

3.Your branch name

4.Any reasonable adjustments you need to participate


The registration deadline is Thursday 5 November at 5pm.


Once you’ve been registered for the event, you will be sent an email giving details of the virtual sessions you can attend, so you can register for these individually. You can attend as many or as few as you like.


So get active! Email [email protected] today to register to attend.

DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH - 18th November – 18th December 2020


“Access:  How far have we come? How far have we to go?”



History of disability.  Disability equality and inclusion.  Importance of access for disabled people.  Importance of design to make buildings, products  and environments accessible for disabled people.



If your Branch is undertaking an activity,  tell us about it, we would LOVE to hear!!



For guidance, information and resources to help you develop a Branch activity visit: UKDHM Website https://ukdhm.org/


See the Disabiity History Month Factsheet

Take part in Brand New Course which is being funded by Scottish Union Learning's Fair Work ,Equality & Leadership Fund.


There are enduring social, economic and health inequalities affecting Black Workers which have been exposed by the Covid 19 pandemic and evidence that the voice of Black Workers remains weak within the workplace, trade unions, employment relations, politically and governmentally.  


There is a clear need for Black leaders and members to make demands for equal rights and to have and develop an effective voice within the remainder of the pandemic, through the recovery process and beyond.


This course has been developed in consultation with UNISON Scotland Black Members Committe and will be delivered by Gillian Neish Training .The course will seek to start the journey of equipping members with the skills and knowledge to address the ongoing inequalities they experience through the pandemic and beyond.


The Learning will consist of 4 main workshops which will take place online on Saturdays between 13.30 - 16.30 on November 21st and 28th and December 5th and 12th.



The Course outline is below:


Workshop 1

Covid19 - Exploring the underlying and historical inequalities that have contributed to the disproportionate impact on Black Workers

Workshop 2

Black Workers and Covid19 – Following on from Workshop 1 this session will be centered around reflective learning on the experience of intervening on the issue of Covid 19 and the disparate impact on Black workers in the workplace, in UNISON and with Government

Workshop 3

A Fairer Scotland? – How can Black Workers utilise Governmental and organisational policies and procedures to engage, challenge and influence.

Workshop 4.

Leading Equality after Covid19 – Examining the challenges post Covid19 and how we equip Black Leaders for them.



If you would like to take part in this great learning opportunity, please complete and return the attached Registration Form to [email protected]  by the 5th November 2020.


Black Members Leadership course between Nov 21st and Dec 12th

We have secured funding through Scottish Union Learning to run a short programme of courses over the Late Autumn/Winter Period which are open to all members , activists and staff.


All the courses have been developed to run online and will be delivered by Specialist Learning Providers .


Please distribute this widely amongst your networks and members along with the attached Expression of Interest Form which should be returned to [email protected]  


Our online courses have proved extremely popular and we would encourage early sign up to secure a place on courses.

Autumn / Winter Courses

UNISON has arranged three online workshops for members with YGAM (Young Gamblers & Gamers Education Trust) aimed at members working with young people, from primary aged children all the way up to university aged young adults.


YGAM are a UK charity and the online training sessions they will be delivering are designed to equip you with the knowledge and resources to inform, educate and safeguard the young people you work with about gaming and gambling.


The sessions are 150 minutes long and have been developed for those whose role enables them to support young people in making safer choices and prevent future harm. You will learn about:


  • How young people are increasingly exposed to gaming and gambling

  • The influence of advertising, particularly around sporting events

  • The role of social media, in-game purchases, loot boxes and E-sports

  • The signs of harm and where to seek help


YGAM resources

Following the session you will receive (from YGAM):

  • A YGAM certificate of attendance

  • A digital copy of the YGAM In The Know Booklet

  • Access to other resources and materials


The workshops will take place on :

12 November, 3.30pm

28 November, 10am

8 December, 10am

and you can sign up here https://learning.unison.org.uk/training-with-ygam/

Free Course on Gambling Awareness