Get Active – Workshops

Friday (workshops run twice)

DIY Art in Activism
This hands on, practical workshop will combine conversation and creativity allowing you to explore a grassroots topic or campaign interest through the art of zine.

Remaking our world: how workers win on the environment
People across the globe are rising to the challenge of climate change. We already have direct action from groups like Extinction Rebellion, political pressure at the ballot box and even community organising via groups like Friends of the Earth.

But a recent study has confirmed what trade unionists already know: it’s workers that win. Our position in Britain’s economy means we are the people who can influence business to drop fossil fuels and go green, as well as using our unions to add political pressure.

How do we do it? Join Stu Melvin, environmental activist and trade union organiser, to create a strategy to win on climate and the environment in your workplace.

Mental Health – why it’s a union issue
Growing numbers of employers are waking up to the importance of supporting good mental health at work, and have often focused on helping people to develop resilience skills to cope with the stresses of work and life. But what does a collective, union-led response to mental health and stressful workplaces look like? Join this workshop to learn about organising for better workplace policies and support, and a less stressful working environment.

Being in a trade union is good for your health!

Action Plan for Equality

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act and the 10th anniversary of the Equality Act, but there’s still a long way to go to achieve equality in our workplaces. Equality is at the heart of UNISON’s work, and in this workshop we will explore how effective Action Plans can help us achieve the change we need.

Saturday Morning

EU Settled Status and challenging hostile environments
Bringing UNISON’s new guidance and policy templates to the table, Katia Widlak and Gauri Goyal will lead a discussion on EU settled status and give you the resources and information to support migrant workers in the workplace and challenge hostility.

Birmingham Homecare mobilising to win using issue based organising
Caroline Johnson, UNISON Branch Secretary and Mandy Buckley, Senior steward led the 18 month successful strike by homecare workers in Birmingham. In the workshop they will explain what they did, how they won and how we can use issues to build successful action.

10 top tips for getting your voice heard
Whether it’s speaking in meetings or giving a speech on stage, raising your voice and having your say can be a daunting prospect.

This workshop will share ten top tips to feel confident in public speaking, writing speeches that make a difference and getting your message across effectively.

Campaigning through Social Media
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all have their own pros and cons. In this workshop we’ll explore the use of social media in campaigning, how to get your message across and why engagement and online conversation matters.

Taking Up Space – The Self Confidence Formula
This workshop will explore your personality type, barriers to confidence and tips on becoming more resilient! Come to this workshop to find your inner confidence, stand tall and take up the space you deserve!

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