Learning at Work week – and more


Something for everyone in this update – stewards and members…

Today is the start of Learning at Work Week (also known as LAW Week) which runs from 13th to 19th May this year which UNISON is also participating in – see more below.

UNISON’s Learning at Work Week offerings can be found here and are based on the theme of Learning Power with daily lunchtime offerings.  Please check it out, and remember it is just the start and it is the journey which changes us as much as the direct learning we undertake.  There is also more below from the official organisers of Learning at Work Week with more links and offerings too.

A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step and our lives are one big journey.

Today is also the day after UNISON’s One Weekend – an Eastern Region special annual event where stewards and members get to undertake dedicated training, networking and celebrate our achievements in a residential setting.

Please look out for our Activists Summer School which runs in August – more about that closer to the time.

For more training and events from Eastern Region please check out our regional website which has links to information for courses between now and the end of November including: Steward training, Employment Law, being a good trans ally and H&S courses.

However, if you need recertification please contact the branch office as a priority. Stewards must recertify every 5 years and for many of use that expired during or just after Lockdown and the move to hybrid learning and working arrangements.  If you are in doubt please email Norfolk County Unison Office unison.norfolkcounty@btconnect.com and they will be able to check for you.

For member and steward learning please check out our very own UNISON college which has links for all available courses – but you may need a bit of time to browse the offerings.

Learning at work week…

The purpose of LAW is to build learning cultures at work and highlight the benefits of continual learning and development. It is led nationally by Campaign for Learning which has links for family learning and learning at work.

The offerings by the campaign for learning include:

Holistic wellness for families on 15th May

An online networking event on Family financial resilience on 17th May & 25th June

Check out the rest at their website. The offerings are ongoing throughout the year as learning never stops.

Now back to Learning at work…

It is free and all workplaces can take part

While it is ongoing, this week is about drawing attention to the following aspects of learning amongst its other benefits:  Life Long Learning; changing attitudes to learning and work; developing greater awareness of opportunities to learn; encouraging greater employee engagement with learning and so on. Read more on their website.

The theme this week is Learning Power and this page has links to planning resources and an inspiration guide.

Learning power is:

The power to grow

The power to connect

The power to engage.

Consider learning something new for LAW week. Links to open and mostly free events can be found here which is divided into:

Free courses

Gain the essentials for life, work and business

Build your tech skills

Be creative

Feel and Be well

Be inspired

Remember we never stop learning and learning takes many forms and has many uses.

And there is more…

This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May)

Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May)

Over half of all work-related ill health is due to stress, depression or anxiety.

Support HSE’s Working Minds campaign to raise awareness of how to promote good mental health at work.

We all have periods of good and poor health, both physically and mentally. It’s normal for people to have challenging times and like any other work-related risk to health, risks to mental health should be included in risk assessments at work.

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems and whilst the causes can be due to difficult life events, they can also be caused by work-related issues, or a combination of both.

Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. Make it routine to check in on how people are feeling and coping at work.

Managing mental health at work

Employers have a responsibility to identify the risks of stress and act on them to improve conditions at work. That might mean making adjustments and helping someone manage a mental health problem at work.

Find out more about the practical resources and support available:

Working Minds campaign

Webinar: Why measure and manage work-related stress and safety culture?

Wednesday 15 May 2024, 2:30pm:

We have a new, free webinar aimed at those looking to mitigate the risk of stress and improve safety culture in their workplace.

The webinar will include:

  • what are organisational legal duties and responsibilities?
  • why measure safety climate and workplace stress levels?
  • how do you get senior management commitment?
  • how do you manage internal communications to increase worker engagement?
  • the cost and impact of doing nothing.

The latest benchmarking data and case studies will be also shared.

There will also be a live question and answer session at the end where you can ask our panel of experts any questions you may have.

Find out more and / or register for the webinar here