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March 2011 Join the march in London!! This Saturday 44 coaches are going to London from Wales. Not too late to book your place!

Some people are going to have to get up very early indeed to make it to London for the march, but spare a thought for PCS rep, Richard Evans, who has already started out - a whole week early. Not content with the 3 mile march in London, Revenue and Customs worker Richard is first walking the 166 miles from his home town of Cardiff to London, aiming to arrive in time for the march. The trip will take him through Chepstow, Bath, Swindon, Newbury and Maidenhead, and he hopes to use it to spread the word about the damage being caused by the cuts, and bring more people with him for Saturday. As Richard says: “I’m really worried about what’s happening to our public services. You read about bus services being cut back, libraries closing, leisure centres shutting and public toilets being closed, but I don’t know how many people fully realise the link between the cuts they’re experiencing in their services and the government’s budget cuts.” If any of Richard's supporters know anybody who lives along the route Richard is taking, please ask them to join him for a mile or two.

This is the route he is taking: Day 5, Wednesday 23 March - Newbury towards Maidenhead Day 6, Thursday 24 March - Maidenhead to around 6/ 7 miles short of London Day 7, Friday 25 March - Start: 6/7 miles outside of London - marching in to London Day 8, Saturday 26 March - joining the March for the Alternative If you'd like to follow Richard's epic journey and wish him luck, join his group on facebook,!/home.php?sk=gro up_142688585797246 Or, follow the Twitter hashtag #Walk2March

From those red nose walkers at Kelloggs on their Offa’s Dyke facebook page, “Many thanks to all of you who supported us throughout the Challenge, your comments here, your texts and phone calls really did give us a boost. Although the walk is now over, we'll be limping around for a few days yet. It's a great sense of achievement, but the most important thing is that someone will hopefully be benefitting from our actions.....and that's the most important thing!”

Can’t make the march? Join the Armchair Army virtual march 26th March 2011 on facebook: 46591818737668&ap=1

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Will you be a first-time marcher at the TUC’s March for the Alternative in London on Saturday 26 March? With this expected to be the largest TUC event for many decades and the first national mobilisation against spending cuts viewed as unfair, too deep and too quick by a majority of voters, the TUC says that it is important to be prepared so the day is as successful and enjoyable as possible for everyone taking part. The TUC’s top ten tips for first-time marchers – which old hands might also find useful – are: 1. Tell everyone about it! Bring along your family, friends and colleagues to share the day. Having good company along always makes for a fun day out, and spreading the word will really boost the size of the march. How many people can you bring with you? 2. Wear comfortable shoes. The march route from Embankment to Hyde Park is nearly three miles long – and if it’s been raining, Hyde Park can get very muddy – so wear flat shoes, trainers or boots. 3. Be prepared for the weather. It will be quite a long day and March weather can be unpredictable. You might need a coat, jumper, hat, gloves, umbrella – or even sunscreen and sunglasses! If you are a public servant and normally wear a uniform wear that on the day, unless that will get you into trouble! 4. Keep hydrated. You might not always be near a shop or newsagents, so bring a bottle of water and other soft drinks to keep you refreshed. Cafes and kiosks in Hyde Park will be open as usual but with thousands expected to attend, it may be some time before you see the Park gates. 5. Don’t go hungry. Bring a packed lunch and snacks as the march and rally take place over lunch time – and if you’re marching near

towards the back, it may be nearer tea time before you get to the rally. 66. Bring a rucksack. A rucksack or a bag you can wear across your body are useful for carrying things easily – and leave your hands free for flags! Don’t forget to pack any inhalers or medicine you usually take. 77. Enjoy the sights. The march route will take you from the Embankment, up Whitehall and past Trafalgar Square, along Piccadilly and into Hyde Park. It’s an opportunity to see London in a different way without the traffic. Don’t worry about getting lost if you don’t know London. It’ll be very obvious where the march is going, and there will be stewards every few hundred metres to help out. 88. Share the moment. If you have a camera, why not take some pictures of the day that you can send to your local paper? If you’ve a smartphone, why not share pictures and updates online as it happens? Twitter users can follow @March26March, and there’s even a special phone App for the march, that you can get from T the march website 99. Look after other people. Treat everyone with respect and look out for anyone who needs help or assistance on the way round. If you want to help others even more, why not volunteer to be a steward? 110. Arrive on time and know your way home. Be patient – with more than 100,000 marchers the march will be leaving the assembly point from 12noon to well after 2 pm and possibly later. If you’re coming by public transport think about coming later rather than early, and try to join the march from the rear – think of tube stations like Mansion House and Southwark. If you’re coming on a coach make sure you know where the pickup point is and what time the coach will be leaving. Check your route back to underground and overground train stations from Hyde Park. Ask the police or march stewards if you’re unsure.

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Apologies from Bernice as this next item has gone out later than planned. If you would have been interested in this course, why not contact Nicola and put your name down for a future course? The Connecting Learners Project is running a FREE Basic IT Workshop which is open to all staff and volunteers in the community/voluntary sector It will run for 5 weeks, is OCN Accredited and is a great way for individuals to gain the skills and confidence needed to start using a computer! Dates: Monday 21st March 9.30-11.30am Monday 28th March 9.30-11.30am Monday 4th April 9.30-11.30am th Monday 11 April 9.30-11.30am Monday 18th April 9.30-11.30am Location: WEA Offices in Swansea The aim is to support and compliment work based learning opportunities.

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Join us for a family evening of Music - Poetry & Pampering. Patrick Jones, one of Wales’ finest poets, will be performing. Music from - Hark! A Shark! Free Raffle for a signed Cardiff City FC shirt For more details contact Jacqui on 02920 692891 or Aaron on 01443 878092 Toward recovery from depression Jacqui from Journeys gave an excellent presentation at the ULR conference last year.

Journeys support people to find their route to recovery from depression. Their mission is to: • •

If you are interested in attending this workshop or for further information contact Nicola Bujega on 01792 646640 , email or visit our website at Connecting Learners is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government via a funding stream called the Wales Union Learning Fund. The Project will run until March 2013

Visit Connected Learners Cymru at: urce=msg_mes_network


Thursday 24th March White Rose Resource Centre, New Tredegar 6-30 to 8-30pm Free buffet!

Equip - Promoting and facilitating research, services, and treatment Empower - Advocating for clients' rights Encourage - Providing direct support to clients and families

Journeys is the only organisation in Wales whose sole purpose is to offer support and understanding to people affected by depression, their friends, families and carers. Depression is a serious condition involving symptoms that interfere with day-to-day living. 1 in 4 people in Wales have depression, making it one of the most common conditions. For further information on the charity and its work please contact: Journeys Towards Recovery 38 Albany Road Cardiff CF24 3RQ Tel: 029 2069-2891 Email: Website:

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Then this one-day introductory training course for individuals and organisations could be for you. Understanding and Applying Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship A one-day introductory training course for individuals and organisations new to ESDGC. This is a practical course which will provide the necessary background information and help you develop the skills needed to engage in this exciting area of work. Aim of the Course - is to provide an overall picture of ESDGC, what it’s about and how to incorporate it into your work. There will be an opportunity to explore the ideas and the issues involved in ESDGC and to experiment with various techniques and resources that support it. Finally, we will consider how this fits in with WAG policies and with personal training practice. Venues and dates: Swansea 10am – 4pm Tuesday April 5th The Environment Centre, Swansea. Bangor 10am – 4pm Thursday April 7th, Quaker Meeting House, Bangor. Cost: Cyfanfyd Members £50 / Non-Members £65 * * Bursaries are available for trainers from black and minority ethnic and minority faiths organisations. Please contact Cyfanfyd for further details. By post: Cyfanfyd, Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3AP By telephone: 029 2066 8999 By email:

Below is a link for more information on the NIACE led Independent Numeracy Inquiry that might be of interest to ULRs.

For the attention of your Safety Reps:

The Labour Research Department (LRD) are about to publish Safety Reps in Action outlining the crucial role played by safety reps in the workplace. LRD is also planning to update its database of policies negotiated by safety reps, to help share good practice. We would be grateful if you could fill in this short online survey: Please feel free to contact our Health and safety researcher directly should you have any queries: Nerys Owen,

It would be great if you could complete and submit the above survey within the next 10 days, and we look forward to receiving your completed surveys. Regards, Labour Research Department email: tel: 020 7928 3649 Please forward this survey to other Health and Safety colleagues.

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Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, announced a £2.4million package to support skills in the workplace and to help those at risk of redundancy or redeployment. The funding will support thirteen projects approved under the latest bidding round from the Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF). A number of the approved projects this year have a specific focus on providing support to workers whose jobs may be at risk as a consequence of UK Government spending cuts. WULF, launched in 1999 to increase the capacity of Trade Unions to encourage and support learning in the workplace, funds Unions, working in partnership with employers, to improve the skills of the workforce. The Deputy Minister said improving basic skills and developing transferable skills increases opportunities, particularly for those whose jobs are vulnerable. “A number of projects supported by the Fund this year are designed to address employability skills and have a strong focus on supporting those at risk of redundancy or redeployment.” “The Wales Union Learning Fund has played an important role in helping to increase skills in the workforce and continues to provide an opportunity for many to access learning opportunities which they may not otherwise have been able to access. With nearly £11m from the Welsh Assembly Government, WULF has already supported 153 projects, created a network of over 100 union learning centres with over 1,300 union learning representatives that have provided more than 10,000 employees across Wales with access to learning.

The Wales TUC Study Visit has been advertised in the new transversal catalogue on page 48. The visit will take place 7th - 11th November. Don't miss the opportunity to apply to participate in a Transversal Study Visit. The deadline is 31 March for visits taking place between September 2011 and February 2012. The catalogue of Study Visits, the application form and useful guidance are available on our website.

ADT has opened an office and training suite in the bustling market town of Carmarthen, West Wales. This allows ADT to meet the needs of its West Wales learners, local and national employers, and to service national government funded training programmes. ADT Director Alan Roberts commented that "Opening the training facility in Carmarthen demonstrates ADT’s commitment to the employers and learners of West Wales. Further, this exciting development means that ADT now has an office and training centre in every region of the principality - ADT is now a genuine pan Wales provider, well placed to service the needs of all our stakeholders alike". Caernarfon (Head Office) Tel: 01286 677275

Wales TUC seminar: The Equality Act 2010 Wales TUC is offering a free half-day seminar for union officers and reps on the Equality Act. This seminar will give you an overview of the new Act and how it applies in the workplace. Date: Tuesday 12th April 2011 Time: 10 am - 1pm Venue: Unite offices, Cardiff

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We would be grateful if you could spare a few moments to tell us what you think about Quick Reads and the impact they have had on you and your colleagues. Your feedback and comments will help us to continue the development of the Quick Reads campaign. If you are a Union Learning Representative, simply complete our online survey at the following link:

Chwarae Teg is currently recruiting for the following post: Project Training Officer – Colwyn Bay Full details of the role and a job description can be found at

The closing date for this role is: 12 noon Thursday 31st March 2011.

We also have a short questionnaire for your learners to complete at the following link:

It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, your details will not be passed on to any third party and all responses will be reported anonymously. The survey will closes this week! We now have a new URL for the Unite Lifelong Learning web pages. It is It is probably as short as we are going to get, and will be used on future new and updated publications. Please feel free to pass this around. Join over 10,267 other Welsh learners who think this is a new, simpler and faster way to learn Welsh You don't need to read or write or do any revision - you just start speaking normally and naturally from the very beginning. But we don't expect you to take our word for it! Listen to the first lesson - either the northern or the southern version - and if you like it, you can access another 25 half-hour lessons for free

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Thousands of people across the UK are already being affected by the cuts, and many more will lose their jobs or vital public services like libraries or SureStart centres for their children in coming months. “The March for the Alternative is a chance for all of those who’ve been hit by the cuts – public sector workers, voluntary groups, community organisations, unions and families – to unite and show that there is an alternative to the government’s deep cuts in public spending. “We are planning the day to be safe, wellstewarded and family-friendly. We're working closely with the police and other authorities to make sure this will be well-organised, and that nothing will distract from the message of the day.” If you are not on the Net News circulation list and want to add your details please contact: Bernice Waugh Network of Excellence Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Wales TUC Cymru ebost/e-mail: Ffon/Tel: 07917 415601 Same details if you need to unsubscribe.

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