UNISON Northern Ireland


Addiction - Understanding Alcohol

Monday 3 June 2019

Dungannon (open to all)

This short evening course will provide a more in-depth understanding of alcohol and its effects. It will provide participants with an understanding of how alcohol affects users and other around them. It will provide information on relevant guidance for addressing alcohol misuse, and how to signpost clients to supports.  It is relevant to anyone who works/volunteers with those with addiction issues, with young people and also may be of interest to parents.  It will be delivered by Ascert.

Further sessions of this workshop will be run on 


Dementia – Understanding Pain

Tuesday 4 June 2019

UNISON Belfast

Campaigning for Equality

Tuesday 4 June 2019

UNISON Belfast

After last year’s successful event, we are once again profiling organisations and branches who have run visible campaigns to share strategies and winning techniques.  It include information of development of social media strategies, engaging the public, political lobbying and building alliances.   The workshop will include campaigns from those advocating for welfare reform, access to food banks, period poverty and the Irish language.  This is targeted at all branch committee members but open to any steward. 

What Character Do You Play?

Wednesday 5 June 2019


What sort of a character are you – are you organised in your home/work life and are you the life and soul of the party or the quiet observer??  We all act, communicate, think, feel and run our lives so differently.  This one day workshop will be engaging, interactive and fun and will explore what type of characters you play and why people act/behave differently. The techniques which we will explore will help you to understand how you could reduce stress and conflict at home and in the workplace. It will be delivered by Mary Harrigan, Personal Development Coach.

Parkinson's Awareness & Management

Thursday 6 June 2019

Canal Court Hotel Newry  (rescheduled from May 16)

Addiction - Understanding Prescription/Over The Counter Drugs Misuse

Thursday 6 June 2019

Enniskillen (open to all)

This course will give participants with an understanding of how prescription and over the counter medicines are misused. It will provide an overview of the types of medicines as well as information on the prevalence, effects, risks to the user, harm reduction methods and services available.   It is relevant to anyone who works/volunteers with those with addiction issues, with young people and also may be of interest to parents.  It will be delivered by Ascert.

Further sessions of this workshop will be run on 


Organising Steward (day 4)

Friday 7 June 2019

UNISON Belfast

UNISON stewards are the most important link between members in the workplace, their employer and the wider union.  This six day course is for new stewards to give you the knowledge and skills to support members locally and take on issues in your workplace.   New stewards get paid time to attend (where a facility agreement exists with the employer).  The course is accredited by SERC and will be delivered by a SERC tutor.

Future sessions for this course will take place 

Stress - Supporting Yourself

Monday 10 June 2019


This one day workshop helps participants identify the triggers for stress and what you can do to recognise and address them.  It looks at stress as a health and safety issue in the workplace and how you can have conversations with managers or colleagues about your feelings. 

It explores effective strategies for minimising the effect of stress and some relaxation techniques.

It will be delivered by Deirdre Gunn.

Further sessions of this workshop will be run on 

Mon. 23 Sept. UNISON Derry 

Mon. 9 Dec UNISON Belfast

Medications for Home Care, Day Care & Support Workers

Tuesday 11 June 2019

UNISON Belfast

Medicines management training for support staff is a half day training which will focus on supporting people to take oral and topical medicines in their own homes. The course will cover; legislation and guidance, the safe administration process, storage and disposal, side effects, incident reporting and how to assist a service user with a cognitive impairment. There will be an opportunity for hands on experiential learning.   It will be delivered by Elizabeth Smyth, Medicines Management Specialist Nurse

Epilepsy Awareness & Management

Tuesday 11 June 2019


This workshop will introduce provide an oversight into epilepsy, its presentation and management.   It will explore what it is, incidence in the UK, causes, how to respond particularly to older people, children and those with a learning disability, seizures and their management, trigger factors, treatment, status epileptius, SUDEP, care plans and the role of a carer or health/education professional.   It will be delivered by Sarah McCann, Epilepsy Nurse Specialist.

The workshop will be run twice - please select which slot you wish to attend