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Wales TUC Cymru Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth

Network of Excellence

No. 12

November 2016 Tachwedd

Net News Net news is sent to Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and learning and education supporters in Wales. Its aim is to share learning, course and funding news and encourage union-led workplace learning and learning in families and communities. Please share and please send articles you’d like included to:

New ULR Toolkit launched – order your copy now This November, Wales TUC Cymru has launched a new, fully updated toolkit for ULRs. The toolkit provides essential information for both new and experienced ULRs – it contains practical resources and ideas to help you in your role. The toolkit includes:  your rights as a ULR and a guide to requesting time off  a guide to additional support for ULRs  essential skills and union led learning  sample learning surveys  a guide to the Climbing Frame  developing Learning Agreements – guidance notes and example agreement  a guide to WULF  contacts and sources of further information The toolkit will be available as a download from our website very shortly To order hard copies, please contact Linsey Imms t: 029 2034 7010 e:

2016 ULR Development Days in Llandudno and Merthyr A big thank you to everyone who attended the Wales TUC Cymru ULR Development Days earlier this November. The events, which were held in Llandudno on 17 November and in Merthyr on 24 November were both very well attended, with lots of useful information and resources on offer. As ever, there were some very helpful and 1

insightful contributions from both the guest speakers and ULRs who attended so a very big thank you to all. The sessions and resources provided at the event included: 

Digital Communities Wales and Digital Champions – Geoff Jones (Digital Communities Wales)

Skills Gateway website – Deri Bevan (Wales TUC)

Invisible disabilities – Rhianydd Williams (Wales TUC)

TUC Youth campaign – Gareth Hathway (Wales TUC

Skills for Adults 2 Project – Rebecca Phillips and Louise Aston (WSFA)

Global fashion: the scandal behind the glamour – Dr Jean Jenkins (Cardiff University

Mental health at work: the latest updates – Jacqui Rafferty (Gofal)

For those who were not able to attend, resources from the session are available to download here. If you have any ideas of topics you would like to see at future events and seminars please get in touch ___________________________________________________________________

Adult Learning Wales – the new name for WEA Cymru WEA Cymru has officially announced its new name: Adult Learning Wales The trade union studies unit at Adult Learning Wales continues to offer accredited Wales TUC Education Service courses. They are now recruiting for: Union Learning Representatives Stage 1 course Duration: 6 consecutive weeks (1 day per week) Start Date: Tuesday 10th January End Date: Tuesday 14th February Times: 09:15 - 16:45 Venue: WEA Cymru (Adult Learning Wales) Office, 7 Coopers Yard Curran Rd Cardiff CF10 5NB The course will cover: the role of the ULR - support networks - how to promote and organise learning - how to identify learning needs. Am fwy wybodaeth ac archebu eich lle, cysylltwch â/for more information and to book a place please contact: 2

Ms. Terry Bishop:

t: 01495 369869


For details of other trade union activist courses offered by Adult Learning Wales visit:

NUJ Training Wales

2-day Mentoring and Coaching programme NUJ Training Wales is offering a training programme in Mentoring and Coaching, endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management. 2-day Mentoring & Coaching Programme (ILM Certificate) Dates: Jan 24th & Feb 13th Venue:CAVC, Central Cardiff Campus Room 433, Dumballs Rd, Cardiff CF10 Costs: £50 NUJ members in Wales; £95 members of other unions in Wales OR £195 Trainer: Pam Henerberry For further information and details of how to apply visit: NUT Cymru

Mindfulness course and free taster sessions Newport – starting Thursday 19 January Join NUT Cymru and Clare McRobbie for an 8 week .b Foundations Mindfulness course starting Thursday 19th January 2017 (16.15 - 17.45) at Pillgwenlly Primary School. Mindfulness is a way of respecting ourselves and our own well-being so that we can live and enjoy life to its full potential. Studies have shown that Mindfulness can successfully reduce anxiety, stress, exhaustion and depression. This course supports you in developing your own mindfulness practice and is also a requirement should you choose to train as a .b Paws or .b Mindfulness teacher for children... Course fees: NUT members £50 Teaching Assistants £50 Other unions £75 Others £100 3

For further information and details of how to register please visit NUT Cymru’s Eventbrite page. You can also find details of the free mindfulness taster sessions taking place on 6th December in Bridgend and 7th December in Newport on the page.

Usdaw ULR Stage 1 course in Cardiff Usdaw is making spaces available to ULRs from all unions on their next Union Learning Reps Stage 1 course which is being delivered by the Coleg Gwent trade union studies centre. The course will be held in the Usdaw office at Cardiff Gate on the following dates: Module/Part 1 – 4th & 5th January Module/Part 2 - 22nd & 23rd February Module/Part 2 – 22nd & 23rd March For further information and details of how to apply please contact Linsey Imms e: or tel 029 2034 7010. ___________________________________________________________________

Emergency First Aid course at Wrexham itec Wrexham itec has spaces available on the following first aid course coming up in December: Emergency First Aid – 21/12/16 (one day course - £60pp) Call Wrexham itec today on 01978 367100 to book your place or visit for further information. ___________________________________________________________________

Cardiff Met teaching qualifications Cardiff Metropolitan University is currently advertising its latest teaching qualifications. Intake is on-going throughout the year, and fee waivers are available. Follow these links to find out more: Work Based Learning: Preparing to Teach (PCET): 4



Courses from CULT Cymru Pitch Your Ideas/ Cyflwyno Eich Syniadau – 1 December/Rhagfyr 2016 Cardiff £20 - £60 (commercial cost/pris masnachol £100)

Working Freelance/ Gweithio'n Llawrydd 2 December/Rhagfyr 2016 - Cardiff £20 - £60 (commercial cost/pris masnachol £100) For further information visit:

Start saving with a workplace payroll credit union scheme Payroll deduction schemes allow employees to save into a credit union account with the money taken directly from salaries. It is an excellent method of saving regularly that the Welsh Government are keen to promote as a standard workplace benefit across Wales. This time of year, when the costs of Christmas can start to mount up, is a good opportunity to start thinking about joining a credit union in the New Year to put away some regular savings for next Christmas. Credit unions can provide more affordable loans and secure savings through a member-owned, cooperative structure, and with a focus on providing a meaningful social benefit to the communities in which they are based. Payroll deductions are a convenient and easy way to save and borrow. The payment is deducted before your money goes into your bank, at an amount that suits you, meaning that you don’t feel the impact, but you still get the benefits of saving. What unions negotiating with employers about credit union payroll schemes need to know:


These schemes are easy to set up and require minimal resources to administer. The credit union takes all responsibility for the operation of the scheme, with the employer just facilitating monthly deductions from salary. All contacts and queries are dealt with by the credit union, making it administratively simple for employers. For more information on how to sign up to payroll deduction, please email Many credit unions will allow you to join and save via payroll online. To find your local credit union, please visit the credit unions website

Wrexham Library – Learn at Lunchtime Learn at Lunchtime - The art of pop-up cards Learn the basics of making paper pop-ups to create your own simple books and cards. Gather ideas and experiment with your own designs! The session includes a pop-up Chrismas tree card to make and take home. Venue: Wrexham Library Date: 07/12/2016 Time: 1 – 2 pm Cost: Free Contact Debbie Williams on 01978 292 090 – advanced booking is required.

Swansea University Department of Continuing Adult Education (DACE) Details of DACE’s short courses which start from January 2017 can be found here. Throughout the year, DACE will be offering courses in the following subjects:          

Counselling and Personal Development Creative Writing and Literature Egyptology History IT and multimedia Languages Philosophy Psychology Sociology Tast of Higher Education

For more information or if you would like to book a place on a course, please visit or contact 6


The Other Half - newsletter from Chwarea Teg Follow this link to view latest edition of Chwarae Teg’s policy newsletter The Other Half In this newsletter, you will find the latest news stories and highlights from Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond. This publication features the very latest news and events impacting women in Wales. Read about the latest debates on the EHRC annual review, the living wage and childcare in the National Assembly and House of Commons. Stay up to date with the latest reports on gender equality from around the world, and read about what still needs to be done to close the gender pay gap and strengthen the UK’s economy. For more information visit: ___________________________________________________________________

Free ‘Tramshed Tech’ event in Cardiff Live Capture Lab - Tramshed Tech , Cardiff on Thursday 2 February For further information and details of how to register click here A day of stories and insights from a mix of cultural organisations that are practiced in capturing compelling, creative and innovative stories for the promotion and celebration of live performance. Contributors will be covering topics including; capturing performance for VR, experimenting with arts and technology in theatre and creating complimentary installations and content for live events. Each session will include relevant case studies and will allow participants to experience some of the creative work first hand in our tech lounge. The event also aims to allow the attending producers and practitioners to form a network which, has the potential to enable working collaborations in the future.   

Confirmed speakers on the day include: Tom Nelson, Creative Producer in the Learning and Participation Department at Royal Opera House. Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital Development at Royal Shakespeare Company. Toby Coffey, Head of Digital Development at National Theatre. 7

Lisa Heledd Jones, Director at Storyworks. Produced by Welsh National Opera. Supported by Arts Council Wales.

Free OpenLearn Champions training days Llandudno Junction – Wednesday 1st February 2017 – register here Cardiff – Wednesday 10th May 2017 – register here These are OpenLearn Champions Training Days. At the end of the full day session you will be an OpenLearn Champion Who is it for? For practitioners who promote learning in the community either formally or informally. This may include, Communities First staff, library staff, local tutors, adult education providers, trade union reps, voluntary sector workers and others. What will it cover? This training course gives an overview of the various free Open Educational Resources (OER) available from The Open University and explores how these can be used in the community to engage people in learning. We look at how these resources can be utilised as part of a learning pathway, helping to develop confidence, digital literacy and other skills. It’s a practical session, delivered in an IT suite, with lots of hands on opportunities to explore OER as well as network with other practitioners. After the day, you will be invited to join our OpenLearn Champions network to access additional resources, on-going support and regular updates. Lunch will be provided to those attending Parking is only available to disabled visitors and needs to be booked in advance. The session is FREE but there is a £50 cancellation charge if you book and do not attend or cancel with less than 7 days’ notice.

#Ecoamgueddfa – free taster day 14 December 2016 - Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery, Llanbedrog Come and discover more about the #Ecoamgueddfa - Wales' first Ecomuseum and the first of its kind to be digitally led. You will also meet other community groups from Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey interested in setting up similar projects. 8

There will also be an opportunity to hop on the Llŷn Coastal Bus to visit some of the seven #Ecoamgueddfa sites, and also find out what support is available to set up similar projects in your area. Find out more and register here. ___________________________________________________________________

Cardiff Mind - Mental Health First Aid course Mental Health First Aid 12th & 13th December The course is certified and costs £120 per person. It will be held at Cardiff Mind’s offices in Newport Road, Cardiff. If you or your colleagues would be interested in attending, please contact: Dawn Hobbs, Business Development Officer, Cardiff Mind. Tel : 029 2040 2040.

Employability and Skills in Wales – WCVA regional events 5 December - Swansea 12 December - Llanhilleth Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s Third Sector European Team (3-SET) is hosting free events in Swansea and Llanhilleth to provide an update on the changing landscape around Employability and Skills in Wales and how European funds are currently contributing to addressing key issues. These events will bring together a range of stakeholders working within each region to raise awareness of current and future opportunities. Come along if you are currently working with individuals to improve their skills or employability or you want to find out more about how you can get involved. Click here to download the agenda. _______________________________________________________________

Future Learn – learn now for free! Future Learn offers free online courses - choose from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Browse by subject or start date, to find the right course for you. Some courses starting on 5th December that might be of interest include: Learning online: Learning and collaborating 9

Learning online: Managing your identity Learning online: Searching and researching Learning online: Reflecting and sharing Please click on the course title to see an overview or there are lots more courses to choose from at: ___________________________________________________________________

Institute of Conflict Management courses

Please click on the course title to open the overview. Personal & Professional Boundaries - December 1st - Cardiff Lone Working/Personal Safety - December 8th - Cardiff Supporting Clients with Personality Disorders - December 15th - Cardiff Managing Difficult Calls/Clients - January 17th - Cardiff Lone Working / Personal Safety - January 26th - Cardiff Supporting Clients with Personality Disorders - February 7th - Cardiff Personal & Professional Boundaries - February 14th - Cardiff All courses run from: 9.30am - 4.00pm. All courses are: ÂŁ99 + VAT per person (Includes all course materials) Venues: Cardiff: St Line House, 60 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5LR Newtown Powys: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ (Lunch is not provided, however attendees are welcome to bring their own, or there are a number of shops and restaurants in the area.)

New TUC Guide to Fatigue The TUC has published a new guide for union representatives on the issue of fatigue in the workplace. Fatigue is usually defined as the decline in mental and/or physical performance that results from prolonged exertion, sleep loss or disruption of the internal clock. Fatigue, both long term chronic fatigue and acute fatigue or sleepiness, is a major problem for many workers. In the transport sector it is estimated that 20% of road accidents are a result of fatigue, and there are similar concerns in sectors like rail, aviation and shipping. However any organisation can have an issue with fatigue and it can be a problem with any sector where there are long hours, high demands, monotonous work, shift work or where low pay forces workers to take on addition 10

part-time work. It can lead to accidents, poor production and considerable health problems. You can download the TUC’s Guide to Fatigue here.


EU funding opportunities Details of two funding opportunities that may be of interest to unions: New EU call for joint Vocational Education and Training (VET) projects A new funding call from the EU may be of interest to unions, especially those already engaged in this area of workplace learning. €6m are on offer in this call which closes in January. What is it? The objective of the call is to invite the submission of proposals on VET-business partnerships to develop work-based learning and thus contributing to the Riga objective to promote work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeships. Who is it for? Public local and regional authorities; social partners (employers' and workers' organisations); relevant networks and organisations, relevant umbrella organisations at European level and their national members, VET providers and other stakeholders. You can find more information here: Wales TUC Development Officer Barbara Hale can provide further information and guidance on the above – e: ERASMUS 2017 – Call for Proposals The 2017 Call for Proposals and Programme Guide have been published by the European Commission containing all the information you need to apply for funding in 2017. The UK National Agency is able to provide support and will be adding more information to their website shortly, including deadlines and changes. To find out more visit


FREE Climate Change Awareness course for trade unionists The Greener Jobs Alliance site contains a range of resources including an online course called Climate Change Awareness. It contains 4 modules and is free. It is aimed at trades unionists and anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of the issues around climate change. The Greener Jobs Alliance has been launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to improve the economy’s green credentials. The transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy can drive sustainable economic recovery and job creation in every part of the country as well as making existing jobs more secure. But this requires a more strategic national and local approach to deliver the workforce skills needed and to stimulate demand for clean energy and energy efficiency services. To find out more and access the free Climate Change Awareness course for trade unionists click here:

Could you Beat the Runner? This new game tests your skills to see if you could make it as a runner in the film business. It aims to boost numeracy skills is free to download and is available as an app for Android, Apple and other devices. Find out more information here “5 stars - really fun and it helps with maths skills” 12


Fancy getting creative this Christmas? The National Museums of Wales have a number of workshops and events taking place over the coming months, including arts, crafts, music and storytelling. Events include: Dewch I Ganu – Come to sing – 3 December - National Waterfront Museum - Free Christmas Craft Weekend – St Fagans – 10, 11 December – Free (except costs of materials) Christmas Preparations – St Fagans – 6, 7, 13, 14 December – Free Ghost Walks – St Fagans – 2, 16, 17, 29 or 30 December – £15 Art Cart – National Wool Museum – 1 to 23 December – Free Fireside Stories (National Story Telling Week) St Fagans – 28, 29 January - Free For more information and tickets visit: ___________________________________________________________________

Learn My Way website New course added to Learn My Way Learn My Way has joined forces with TalkTalk to launch a new Internet Safety course - 'Staying Safe in Your Digital World' ‘Staying Safe in Your Digital World' aims to encourage you to feel more confident about using the internet and address any safety concerns you may have. It boosts awareness of potential internet safety issues, the support available to help resolve them and empowers you to take more responsibility for your personal online presence. Why not start using the course? Check it out on Learn My Way today. For further information about how you can stay safe online click here. ___________________________________________________________________

More from unionlearn Unionlearn has published some very useful booklets in the form of mini guides:


The titles for the mini signposting guides are:  Helping carers  Mental Health  Health & Well-being  Financial Planning and Pensions

Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – a guide for trade union activists Sexual harassment can relate to a range of different behaviours. It may be verbal or physical. It may take place in the workplace, online, by telephone or text, or at a work event such as a training course or a party. While the actual nature of the incident may vary, the common factor is that the incident involves unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating working environment. Unions have a crucial role in ensuring that all workers are able to do their jobs free from harassment. The TUC have produced this guide to Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – A Guide for Trade Union Activists to help reps deal with cases of sexual harassment in the workplace. ___________________________________________________________________

Need a new computer or laptop? Don’t forget about Computer Recyclers UK. Many ULRs have used their services to buy desktop computers from £99, laptops from £149 and even the Microsoft Surface from £129. Contact them on 01443 434675 or visit their website at: Click on the words ‘Get Online At Home’.

In case you missed it... Does your union have a WULF project? All of these do. Contact to be put in touch with your project manager. ASLEF, BECTU, BFAWU, COMMUNITY, CWU, FBU, GMB, NAPO, NUJ, NUT, PCS, RCM, UCATT, UNISON, UNITE, URTU and USDAW

Contact Wales TUC Learning Services You can contact us on 029 2034 7010 or via:

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Potential redundancies? Workplace learning advice needed? The Wales TUC development officers in your area have excellent advice, guidance and information that can help – especially if contacted early. Contact them via our website:

Dates for your diary – February Network of Excellence The Network of Excellence Development Days keep you up to date with news, developments and resources that will support learners in the workplace. More details to follow but for now here are the dates of the next Networks for your diary: 

2 Feb 2017 South Wales

8 Feb 2017 North Wales

9 Feb 2017 Mid Wales

14 Feb 2017 South West Wales

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