Thursday 6 February 2020
Tuesday 30 July 2019
A huge network of people work together to keep our local communities going. Yet very few of us probably recognise the vital local services that we come into contact with everyday. It’s time to give our local service champions the recognition they deserve.
Friday 21 June 2019
Local government workers are there for us through every stage of our lives. From birth, through our youth and adulthood, to old age...
Saturday 8 June 2019
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it's because there was, but I didn't understand mental health fully... it's a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you [are] on that spectrum.
Am I the only one who feels this way?
Experiencing a mental health problem is often upsetting, confusing and frightening – particularly at first. If you become unwell, you may feel that it's a sign of weakness, or that you are 'losing your mind'.
These fears are often reinforced by the negative (and often unrealistic) way that people experiencing mental health problems are shown on TV, in films and by the media. This may stop you from talking about your problems, or seeking help. This, in turn, is likely to increase your distress and sense of isolation.
However, in reality, mental health problems are a common human experience.
Most people know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. They can happen to all kinds of people from all walks of life. And it's likely that, when you find a combination of self-care, treatment and support that works for you, you will get better.
It wasn't until I had a breakdown that I felt my condition was 'serious enough' to qualify as an issue. I could have got help much earlier but I didn't because of this – it's never too early to seek advice.
More info and help can be found at https://www.mind.org.uk/
Friday 7 June 2019
PUBLIC MEETING:7.00pm Thursday June 20th, Oxford Town Hall
Lawyers for NHS England have issued a warning that publicly raising concerns about the impact on patients of their proposal to contract out Oxford's PET-CT scanning service could result in a defamation claim.
We say we have the right and the duty to speak out and to report well-founded concerns.
The Oxford NUJ has invited three speakers from the worlds of cancer care, defamation law and journalism to address the urgent issues raised by NHS England's warning.
How can we work together to prevent threats and intimidation from closing down informed debate about the future of vital public services? Is a change in the law required?
Tamsin Allen @tamsinallen1, a Partner at Bindmans solicitors who specialises in defamation and representing whistleblowers. She has recently acted for Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.
Professor Adrian Harris, A consultant medical oncologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust who continues to raise concerns over the impact that contracting out the PET-CT services will have on the quality and safety of patient care
Seamus Dooley @Seamusdo, the Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists , who has spent his career as a journalist and NUJ official defending the independence of the press and public service journalism
Join the discussion; Register to attend at Eventbrite
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Acas Senior Adviser Abigail Hirshman talks about the Acas strategy for positive mental health at work. The Government's Department of Health advises that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. It is therefore important that employers and their staff take steps to promote positive mental health and support those experiencing mental ill health For more information on Mental health in the workplace and to book a place on our training program. http://www.acas.org.uk/mentalhealth
Friday 3 May 2019
Wednesday 16 January 2019
Join UNISON online right now: simply scan the code with your smartphone and fill out the form or go to https://join.unison.org.uk/
or call for free 0800 171 2193
Monday 14 January 2019
- UNISON has more than 1.3 million members and activists, making us one of Europe’s largest unions
- More than 70% of our members are women.
- UNISON is spread over 12 UK regions.
- There are more than 1,000 UNISON branches around the UK
Friday 14 December 2018
We're proud to represent people employed in all areas of local government – from libraries to parks, from schools to housing, from youth workers to care workers and everyone in between! They work for our communities in difficult circumstances
Merry Christmas from Oxford City Branch of UNISON
Friday 11 May 2018
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
In the event of any legal issues, UNISON has arranged a helpline through Thompsons for members on the day: Tel: 0800 587 7530
The rally in Hyde Park is due to end no later than 4.00pm.
Saturday 28 April 2018
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