UNISON Member Learning – Dementia Awareness

30 March 2023 9:30am–1:00pm

Online - Via MS TEAMS

Thursday 30th March


Dementia Awareness 

Currently more than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide. Statistics show that 1 in 3 people born in the UK will develop dementia in their lifetime.  

This workshop is aimed at people working in care or other settings where they might encounter individuals who have dementia. The workshop aims to help you understand: 

  • What is meant by the term ‘dementia’ 
  • Causes and types of dementia 
  • How having dementia affects the way a person behaves and functions 
  • That there is more to a person than the dementia 
  • That it is possible to live well with dementia 

Expert Open University academics have developed these workshop materials covering a range of topics relevant to employees at all levels working in the education or health and social care sector.

Due to this course being able to be used as part of your continued professional development we look for employers to give paid time release for members to attend this learning.   


Please note: Unfortunately due to tutor shortages we have had to cancel the original date advertised. An email to members who were offered a space has been sent and a new date will be sent out shortly.


We hope that employers and Managers see the benefit to requesting time off to attend from your workplace should you need too.

You may want to make your Branch Union Learning Representative or Education Officer aware that you are attending this course to link with other learners or join the local learning network

If you are in need of support to request time off from your work to attend please talk to the branch to gain support.

These sessions are being held during the daytime but if you are on shift or working and want to attend you may be able to negotiate time off from your workplace.

You may have a local policy or learning agreement to support with gaining reasonable time off to attend our learning from your employer. There is also guidance via ACAS – Time off advice

For further learning options please keep an eye on our webpage and social media.

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us

Email: SW Education Enquiries



Am I entitled to time off to attend a course?
Yes, you should approach your line manager to arrange time off in the same way you would for other training and annual leave. We hope that Line Managers and employers see the benefit for you attending our UNISON Learning offer.

The right to time off in workplaces where the UNISON is recognised can on occasions create less barriers to members who want to attend learning offered by UNISON. Trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training. Where there isn’t a recognition agreement or facility time agreement, reps should seek advice from their branch in the first instance in regards to time off for training.

By registering to this course using the booking button please ensure you have the time off to attend. Support for requesting time off can be offered.

What are our courses like?
Our courses are friendly and informal. Our training is aimed at making learning a fun rather than a daunting experience. Everyone’s views and experiences are listened to. You will not be lectured at and given every opportunity to participate and there is no exam at the end unlike school or college. We have guidance on this under our ” Working together guidelines” ( Link available on this page)

Points to consider
Where are you going to be doing the online course? In a busy or loud environment which may be distracting? Somewhere where you are likely to be interrupted? If possible find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home. What equipment are you going to use? To access all of our E-learning courses, you will need a tablet or computer. If you are using your employer’s IT equipment, then make sure you have permission to use it for a trade union course. Most facility agreements allow you to use employer equipment, but check with your branch if you are unsure. Ensure that you have access to use ZOOM or TEAMs.

What happens if I need to cancel my place on an e-leaning course?
Due to our members learning courses being in high demand, with waiting lists if we exceed numbers, we ask that you notify us as a matter of urgency to enable us to be able to offer the place to others who may be on the waiting list.