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2nd ‘Ghost Lab’ research workshop

This is a Reminder and invitation to South Yorkshire Unite the Community members to attend:

What? – ‘Social Haunting’ Research Project – Ghost Lab 2: ‘Haunted Horizons’ (led by Dr Toby Pillatt, Landscape Archeologist from Sheffield University & Andrew McMillan, acclaimed Barnsley-born Poet).

When? – 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Tuesday 6th October.

Where? – the NUM Offices, 2 Huddersfield Rd (Victoria Rd entrance), Barnsley S70 2LS.

Participants? – SY UtC members already participating in this creative research, PLUS those interested in participating for the first time (this workshop is different to Ghost Lab 1 so it will be worthwhile for both to attend).

For further details, please see the attached leaflet, and note that you need to contact Dr. Geoff Bright to register your intention to attend.

The notion of ‘social haunting’ is a fascinating way for us as individuals and as members of our various communities (however we define these), to reflect on our lives, and it is a concept of great interest to front-edge, academic researchers studying the dynamics of identity and societal construction through Sociology and its related disciplines, notably when cross-referenced with perceptions of social hauntings found in the expressive ‘producings’ (can’t think of a better word!) of those working in Creative/Artistic fields.

As I write to you all, it could be said that we find ourselves in “The Corbyn Moment,” when, as trade union members – and very often as social and political activists as well – we find ourselves re-thinking old possibilities as potentially new promises. What a great time to have the opportunity to be participants in this kind of research, looking at the idea of “Haunted Horizons”!

Individuals who have already had some involvement in the research have reacted very positively to the experience so I urge you all to put this date in your diaries now, and make a point of attending. The Arts & Humanities Research Council has funded this Project on the basis that it will ‘partner’ with the Rochdale-based Co-operative Movement and the South Yorkshire Unite the Community Branches, so we do need a good number of our members to take part. The first Ghost Lab workshop demonstrated that it is also a good opportunity to foster inter-branch awareness and friendship.

If you are in contact with any Branch members who are not on this email list but may be interested, please do not hesitate to tell them about the Ghost Lab event and urge them to participate in the research as well. It would be useful if you could print off a few copies of the leaflet I have attached, so you can give it to such contacts.

Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a background in the Mining Industry or communities to participate in this research.

Ghost lab 2 – South Yorkshire

UNITE NATIONAL POLITICAL SCHOOL: DURHAM 2015

This year’s Durham National Political School is upon us once again and we need your help in identifying potential delegates for the event. Details of are included in the attached invitation letter. Places are limited to 100 and will be shared across the regions and countries; with priority given to those applicants who best meet the criteria.

This year’s event will have a strong emphasis on building for the future; we would particularly appreciate applications from members who are under 30 years of age. This is in addition to all other equality strands including gender but also BAEM members who are almost always under-represented. Finally, we are encouraging Unite Community members to apply as well as applications from people who are already activists, whether in their workplace or in their community/other organisations as well as from those whom you believe have the potential to become activists.

With these criteria in mind we would ask you to send the attached letter and application form to members and activists whom you feel would not only develop personally but more importantly who would also be willing to give a commitment to get more involved in delivering our political strategy in the 12 months following the course. The closing date for applications to be received in our office is Tuesday Noon 9th June 2015 following which we will write to all applicants no later than 11th June 2015 to let them know whether or not they are successful.

We are hoping for a productive and positive event. There is no specific need for applicants to be in the Labour Party, we nonetheless will be looking for activists who support Unite’s political strategy (which of course includes ‘building broad alliances’ to defeat the Tories) and understand that our National Political School will not be a forum for trying to oppose or change our policy in respect of support for Labour.

Durham 2015 invitation to apply 2015

application to attend the national political school 2015-1

UNITE NATIONAL POLITICAL SCHOOL: DURHAM 2015

This year’s Durham National Political School is upon us once again and we need your help in identifying potential delegates for the event. Details of are included in the attached invitation letter. Places are limited to 100 and will be shared across the regions and countries; with priority given to those applicants who best meet the criteria.

This year’s event will have a strong emphasis on building for the future; we would particularly appreciate applications from members who are under 30 years of age. This is in addition to all other equality strands including gender but also BAEM members who are almost always under-represented. Finally, we are encouraging Unite Community members to apply as well as applications from people who are already activists, whether in their workplace or in their community/other organisations as well as from those whom you believe have the potential to become activists.

With these criteria in mind we would ask you to send the attached letter and application form to members and activists whom you feel would not only develop personally but more importantly who would also be willing to give a commitment to get more involved in delivering our political strategy in the 12 months following the course. The closing date for applications to be received in our office is Tuesday Noon 9th June 2015 following which we will write to all applicants no later than 11th June 2015 to let them know whether or not they are successful.

We are hoping for a productive and positive event. There is no specific need for applicants to be in the Labour Party, we nonetheless will be looking for activists who support Unite’s political strategy (which of course includes ‘building broad alliances’ to defeat the Tories) and understand that our National Political School will not be a forum for trying to oppose or change our policy in respect of support for Labour.Download the invitation:

Durham 2015 invitation to apply 2015
Download the application form: application to attend the national political school 2015

 

Working Class History Weekend

We are hosting a residential weekend called ‘A World to Win: learning from the past; making the future’ from Friday evening 29th May to Sunday lunch on the 31st.

We’ll explore key moments in working class history – and make connections with the issues we face today. Can understanding the past help us create a better future?

The experience, curiosity and contributions of Unite members will be highly valued as we look at the significant events of the past 200 years.

The event is organised by the Independent Working Class Education Network (IWCE) and they ask for a £50 contribution per student towards costs. This covers all food and accommodation for the weekend, and full use of the College.

More info here on our Facebook page.

world to win

Introduction to New Media and Blogging

There is a one day New Media and Blogging course currently available to ULRs, Community Activists, Workplace Reps and Branch Officials planned for Wednesday 18th February from 9.30 until 16.00 at Castleford Community Learning Centre.

This is an introduction to New Media and Blogging where we will look at various sites such as Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, WordPress and Blogger.

If you wish to apply for this course, please apply via the link below or contact Justin.renner@unitetheunion.org

http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/education/course-programme/north-east-yorkshire-and-humberside-courses/additional-courses-in-the-neyh-region/#Intro%20New%20Med

 

Welfare Rights Training

Welfare Rights Training Leeds Regional Office 12th and 13th of February

10 AM To 3.30 PM (Both Days)

Travel Costs covered (Lunch Provided Please State if you have and special dietary requirements)
55 Call Lane Leeds LS1 7BW

Thursday the 12th Of February

Overview of benefits:

This course will examine the board structure of the benefits system.  By the end of the course trainees will:

 

  • Be able to recognise when a client needs a full benefit check
  • Be able to identify possible benefits for different clients
  • Know which agency deals with different benefits
  • Know which groups of people who are treated differently for benefits and where special rules apply and where to refer clients for specialist help

Friday the 13th Of February

Benefit sanctions:

Given the increasing numbers of people having their benefits sanctioned this course will examine how advisers can support their clients. By the end of the course trainees will:

 

  • Be able to identify if a sanction can be prevented
  • Understand the different levels of sanctions and the length of a sanction
  • Be able to support clients to challenge sanctions
  • Be able to support your client during a sanction period

 

 Welfare Rights Training Barnsley Unite Community Centre
10.30 AM TO 12.30 PM
2 Huddersfield Road Barnsley S70 2LS

Tuesday the 17th of February

Universal Credit

 

  • Understanding the Changes
  • Preparing for the Change over
  • How to calculate income

 

 Please Book your Place for one or more days by emailing Claire.mawson@unitetheunion.org

Spaces are very limited so please plan carefully before committing to one or more days.

 

Get ready for Universal Credit

Get ready for Universal Credit and improve your computer skills.

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Universal Credit is being introduced in Barnsley on 2 March 2015 for new claimants who would have previously been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Unite Community Support Centre will is open for computer classes every Wednesday between 11.00 and 14.00. Call in for a chat, or ring 01226 215 557 to find out about how we can help.

View the flyer: Universal Credit Poster

Spark a change 2015

Next year the Economic Justice Project (http://www.economicjusticeproject.org.uk) is putting on a 5 part workshop course next year building up participants’ skills and knowledge to ‘”Spark a Change” on the issues that they care about.

This course will inspire with stories of successful struggles around the world over the last few decades and today, offer practical skills for taking action and  cover some jargon-busting info to help people understand the news & politician-speak. It’ll also be a great chance to meet others who are interested in social justice in Yorkshire, making new friends and connections.

This is a free course aimed at people in Yorkshire, and we want to attract a broad range of people interested in different social, economic and environmental issues. We aim to pay all travel and childcare expenses for the course, please get in touch with us about this for more details.

There will be one day long session every 2 months for 10 months & we’ll be working closely with inspiring social justice artists, organisers and campaigners to run a really broad and participative set of sessions. There wont be much sitting in a classroom during your sessions on “Spark a Change”.

People can register on this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16Rm8kxHp58vIcOojeOOZipoST5BAW2HKR8nfHIn1VZA/formResponse  as you can see the exact dates aren’t set yet, but we’re putting this out now for early applications so people get chance to think about it and give us a ring or an email with any questions.

Certificate in Union Leadership and Industrial Relations’ COURSE FOR 2015

UNITE is pleased to announce the continuation of our hugely successful  education initiative in cooperation with Keele University aimed at educating, preparing and developing future leaders of the union.

The course will offer applicants the opportunity to gain a ‘Certificate in Union Leadership and Industrial Relations’ (UNITE and Keele 2015), which has been specifically designed for UNITE and will be delivered through five residential sessions, supported by distance learning over the course of one year. The course will also provide participants with the opportunity to gain a place on the Masters Degree Course, if they so wish, after attaining the Certificate.

The course has been exclusively designed for UNITE and is open to either UNITE officers, staff or lay activists. There are ONLY 20 places available for 2015, with the first residential taking place on the 12th – 15th   February 2015.

For all those officers, staff and lay activists who wish to apply for a place on the course, please fill in the attached application form (Application form Certificate in Industrial Relations (Unite). 2) and return to Lynette Cotton no later than 12.00PM on Tuesday  6th January 2015.

It is very important that applicants submit a comprehensive application.  The selection process is a demanding one, and it will be the application, and no other consideration, which will factor the decisions made.

This is a unique and fantastic opportunity, which I am sure will assist in building and developing the future leaders of our Union.

 

Unite Community Regional Day

UNITE COMMUNITY REGIONAL DAY
UNITE OFFICE
LEEDS

Thursday November 13 2014

What an amazing day!! It was well organised, informative, fun and inspirational!

Unite Community is 3 years old. There were 480 members in this region (Yorkshire, Humberside and North East) last September, now there are 1000! No other union is organising people who are out of work. There are now 5 branches in this region, with South Yorkshire the biggest and 2 other branches are on the way.

This was a day for 3/4 activists from each branch in the region. Other members came from Newcastle, Durham,  Barnsley, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Grimsby Teesside and Newcastle. It was inspiring to hear what the campaigns were achieving with the support of Unite Community.

Unite Community is helping release an absolute powerhouse of energy. It is involving people of all ages, abilities and experience. Campaigns include support for the Freedom Riders which has grown into a national campaign; Justice for Orgreave; the Bedroom Tax, opposing benefit sanctions, boycotting workfare, demonstrating against ATOS, campaigns against the closure of children’s centres and campaigns around student fees.

Branches have petitioned, held public meetings, rallies, demonstrations and supported picket lines. Two branches have had joint meetings with PCS members to encourage union staff to refuse to carry out unfair and cruel sanctions.

Some branches have established food banks and clothing banks – with a laundry in one branch area, washing and ironing the clothes for free. This has been very helpful for people attending job interviews.

There are courses for public speaking, learning computing skills, welfare benefits training; banner-making – whatever the need to take a community forward – it can be done with Unite Community support.

It was agreed that we needed to be clear about our aims which are to raise political awareness and give a voice to people who are not working, helping people shape and build strong working class communities.

Many of our campaigns will be about resisting austerity cuts to jobs and services and challenging racism.  It was felt important that we link up with industrial unions and with other community organisations who are working with the unemployed and that we send delegates to trade councils.

Legal help and advice is available to members from the experienced trade union law firm, Thompson’s solicitors. Services include personal injury and accident compensation, criminal law, clinical negligence, free legal advice, pensions and conveyancing.

See photos from the day in the gallery below.

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