Lynne Duncan, Organising assistant, who organised and tutored the course said, "It went really well. All the women who came along took part fully in the event and I think got a lot out of it – they are all certainly more informed about UNISON and how the skills they already use in their everyday life are transferable to participating in the union.
"We don’t push anyone to get involved at the end of the training but all the participants agreed to recruit within their workplace and to attend the branch AGM next year. On top of this, several have agreed to be contacts and some have agreed to become stewards," added Lynne.
There will be a half day follow up with the participants after the branch AGM to see how they are getting on and to support them with their development.
Lynne thanked the branch committee for their donation of £600.00 towards the cost of the event. She also thanked the branch for the support and assistance received from stewards and officers, particularly Inez Teece and Tricia Morrison, both with organising the training and also for their participation.
"This has been a very successful event which has encouraged more women to get involved in their union. Who knows – maybe we can do it all over again next year!"
is a Pathways Course?
"UNISON has run this course in other areas and has been successful in encouraging new activists to come forward and support the work of the local branch," said Lynne Duncan, Organising Assistant. "If there is more interest from women members we will be happy to run the course again."
Find out more about your union
Aberdeenshire Branch of UNISON is growing - we now have almost 3000 members and the vast majority of our members are women. There is always a need for more activists to support the branch and at the moment women are under-represented in our branch team.
Have you every thought about becoming more active in UNISON, even in a small way, but don't know much about it? Maybe you don't think you have the skills or are not sure what is involved.
To give our members the opportunity to find out more, the branch is arranging Pathways into UNISON Courses. The course is aimed at women who want to find out how the union works and explore the many different ways to get involved.
How will Pathways benefit me?
How is the course run?
Will I get time off work to attend?
If you would like more information or are interested in attending please contact Lynne Duncan, Organising Assistant on 01224 629995.