South Yorkshire Unite Community members took part in community activist training today in the historic NUM Headquarters. The Branch is going from strength to strength and taking part in practical support with our welfare advice, as well as political activity and direct action. A fantastic presentation was also given by the community center volunteers about their work in our Center and a session was put on by our organising team, on our Leverage Strategy thanks to all involved. United we are strong.
We would like to invite you to attend the above workshop. This FREE workshop is aimed at any organisation, campaign group or individual working with and supporting refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation. The workshop will help participants to:
· understand why refugees and asylum seekers are at risk of forced labour and exploitation in the UK
· identify signs of forced labour, trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation
· consider options and responses available to both affected migrants and you
· think about how your organisation can help to improve information, awareness and support for refugees and asylum seekers in precarious labour situations
We are holding three FREE workshops in London, Leeds and Manchester – see attached flyer for details, and for how to register.
We would also like to ask for your help in circulating the invitation widely to your networks of migrant & refugee organisations, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking projects.
Attached to this email is the pdf flyer, plus the word doc version which you can cut and paste into an email if you need.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions.
Hannah Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Waite email@example.com
Stuart Hodkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Tackling labour exploitation FLYER
Northern College is hosting the Global Labour Institute course ‘An Introduction to International Trade Unionism’ on the weekend of 13-15 June and it is free for delegates.
It’s aimed at young activists and those with little knowledge of the global union movement. More details here http://global-labour.net/courses/
There are a few places left and local activists are encouraged to take part.
01226 776 000
There is a one day New Media and Blogging course currently available to ULRs, Community Activists, Workplace Reps and Branch Officials planned for Tuesday 13th May from 10.00 until 15.00 at East Riding College, Hull.
Please confirm back to me on the email address below as soon as possible along with your membership number if you are interested in attending this course as we have limited places to offer.
If you would like any further details regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me.
South Yorkshire Branch.
The training will take place in the Miners Hall, NUM Headquarters
2 Huddersfield Road
Wednesday 14th of May
From 10am Until 4 pm
Unite Community Activist Training aims to bring together community activists to plan our future campaigns, We look forward to hearing your ideas and to sharing our collective experience to drive and strengthen Unite Community membership and organisation in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region.
1. Welcome to Unite
2. Introductions and motivation
3. Networking, organisation and developing relationships
4. Purposeful organising
5. Action planning your campaigns
6. Unite Community Centre Report
We hope this will be a successful event and look forward to your feedback in order to identify future training needs.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let me know by Friday 2nd of May.
Please Confirm Your Attendance To Joe Rollin as spaces are limited via post, email or telephone contacts below.
Joe Rollin, Unite Community Coordinator
55 Call Lane Leeds LS1 7BW
Tel 07711 375 536
Grimsby Unite Community Members came together today, April 16 2014 to have their first Activist Training Day, watch this space for up-comingcCampaigns from the Grimsby Group. To get involved email email@example.com.
Unite Community members have just completed their two days training on Welfare Rights, provided by the Child Poverty Action Group. This will help us continue our vital work in our communities, supporting people who are suffering under the Con-Dem’s cruel and unnecessary welfare reform. Educate, agitate, organise!
“Just a quick line to thank you and your colleagues for organising the CPAG Welfare Benefits Course at Leeds on 2nd/3rd April 2014.
I greatly enjoyed the course and found it very informative with an excellent and knowledgeable tutor with first class communication skills who engaged all of his students.
I also enjoyed the comradeship of my fellow course colleagues who I found exceptionally keen to learn of the availability of the variety of benefits to enable them to pass their knowledge on within their community
Oh, and the food wasn’t bad either!
We have secured some Fantastic Welfare Rights Training to be delivered by the Child Poverty Action Group on Wednesday the 2nd and Thursday the 3rd of April, from 10am until 4pm at the Leeds Unite Regional Office. The two day course is titled “Benefits for non-benefit advisers” here is the link with more course details http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/benefits-non-benefit-advisers. A buffet lunch will be provided and all travel costs reimbursed. The course has twenty available places and will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place?
Venue: Unite the Union, London Regional Office
Dates: 6/1/2014 to 7/1/2014
The welfare advice training was held at Unite the Union’s regional office in London. Volunteers from Unite community centre Barnsley, (Richard Vivian and M. Tariq), designed the training which lasted for two days. In the training we made sure that all the aspects of welfare rights and benefits were covered also with the emphases on what benefit advice is about, being a competent advisor and how the advice should be given. The core values, campaigning around benefits and protecting client’s rights and advisor client privilege (Data Protection) was also explained. 16 people attended the training and the venue and the arrangements for the training were fantastic and state of the art equipment was offered for the IT support. Pilgrim, the organiser of the course did a marvellous job over all.
The first day of training involved the introductions, aims of the course and overview of the welfare Reform Act, legal framework, contributory/non-contributory and means tested benefits, Income Support, Job seeker Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Second day of training commenced with emphases on how to give advice and what factors a good advisor should consider when giving advice, ESA, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Tax Credits and Universal Credit. Different tactics were discussed on how to retrieve the information from the client and act appropriately. Different examples were in place to calculate different benefits and debates among the students were encouraged to elaborate on benefits, effects on society, sharing of personal experience and knowledge.