15 UNISON ULRs and ULR coordinators from across the North West attended the twice-yearly Learning Event at Chester in late November. It gave those members a chance to network, swap best practice and learn some of the things that are happening and about to happen in the region.
Delegates heard from Learning Organiser Steve Swift, who organised the event, about the busy lifelong learning activity in the region, plus learning offers from national LAOS colleagues, some excellent icebreaking activities and in the afternoon Dr Maths and his entertaining mathematics tricks and games, followed up by a commitment from the delegates to enter the Numeracy Challenge, presented by Merseylearn colleagues.
At lunchtime there was a marketplace with partner offers from the Genie Foundation for sign language, Crossbow for learning aids, the Open University, Lighthouse financial, Dementia Friends and the Dyslexia Foundation among others.
It was a very enjoyable day with all delegates enjoying the learning and picking up some learning tips and ideas to take back to their branches. Jane from Blackpool Health branch was enthused by the day;
“I qualified a while ago as a ULR and haven’t done much learning activity, so when Steve invited me to the event I was keen to come and pick up some ideas. I’m keen now to get something sorted in my branch and will be meeting with the employer soon to talk about what UNISON can do.”