Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Survey about cuts to local council budgets and your working lives


We have recently launched a survey of our members about the impact of local government cuts on services, and the impact on their working lives – including workplace stress, use of food banks, and undertaking unpaid overtime.

This forms part of our campaigning and lobbying strategy to secure more money for local government in the Autumn Budget.

It is essential that we receive as many responses as possible from members, so that we have results for all branches that can be used for campaigning.

Please share this survey with your colleagues and encourage them to fill it in. The deadline is 11th June.


CLICK HERE TO START SURVEY





Saturday, 26 May 2018

Check out www.ambulanceLGBT.org

There's lots to get involved with this summer... Pride events, a photo competition and the first ever LGBT staff survey!






Sunday, 20 May 2018

Remember, if you are stressed or not feeling well, there is help available. Check out the Mental Health Foundation page for advice. Don't stay silent.








Saturday, 19 May 2018

How can I identify the signs of stress?

Everyone experiences stress. However, when it is affecting your life, health and wellbeing, it is important to tackle it as soon as possible, and while stress affects everyone differently, there are common signs and symptoms you can look out for:

  • feelings of constant worry or anxiety
  • feelings of being overwhelmed
  • difficulty concentrating
  • mood swings or changes in your mood
  • irritability or having a short temper
  • difficulty relaxing
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • eating more or less than usual
  • changes in your sleeping habits
  • using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to relax
  • aches and pains, particularly muscle tension
  • diarrhoea and constipation
  • feelings of nausea or dizziness
  • loss of sex drive.


For a free copy of there book on how to cope Click here


Test your stress


For Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 (14-20 May), we're focusing on stress. See how stressed you are by taking our short test, which uses the evidence-based perceived stress scale (PSS).

Stress is not a mental health problem in itself but it is a key cause of mental health problems like depression and anxiety and is often linked to self-harm and suicide. Stress is also known to lead to physical health problems like muscle and joint pain and cardiovascular problems.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/stress-test



Friday, 11 May 2018

It's almost time for us to Step Up! For Public Services.

Here's all the logistical info you need for the day.

Arriving and forming up
The UNISON block of the march will form up on The Embankment by Embankment Pier. We have been allocated Zone 2 which will be marked out by the TUC with signs on lamp posts, From 9.30am the area will be clearly visible due to the presence of six of large purple UNISON balloons.

The best way to get on to The Embankment by foot is from The Strand via the side streets Surrey Street and Arundel Street

Marchers should access the form up area from the rear and make their way forwards towards Zone 2 and the purple UNISON balloons.

The key tube stations are Blackfriars, Southwark, St Paul’s and Waterloo. Temple tube station is likely to be closed as it is very small, so make alternative plans.

March Length and Route
View the march route here. March lengths are as follows:
  • Long March – Embankment tube to Wellington Arch entrance of Hyde Park - 1.7 miles
  • Short March – St James Street to Wellington Arch entrance of Hyde Park – 0.8 miles

Legal Assistance
In the event of any legal issues, UNISON has arranged a helpline through Thompsons for members on the day: Tel: 0800 587 7530

Rally
The rally in Hyde Park is due to end no later than 4.00pm.



National Table Tennis Day on 18/7/2018

As part of the celebration of National Table Tennis Day  on 18/7/2018 , you can attend Cowley Table Tennis for free ! Cowley Table Tenn...