UNISON Northern Ireland


During the week beginning 11 May 2020, UNISON NI will be celebrating the work that all our health and social care workers (including amongst many others nurses, midwives, nursing assistants, carers, homecare workers, social workers, porters, administrative staff, cleaners, caretakers, laundry and catering staff) are doing to make sure patients, service users and their families get the best treatment, care and support possible.

We’re proud of the very real and vital contribution they all make to the health of us all and we want to celebrate that. As a result, UNISON branches throughout Northern Ireland will be organising events and promoting the vital work our members do. One particular day of celebration will be 12 May which is International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

These are only some of the special activities taking place throughout the week across our branches:

  • Craigavon Branch- The branch will be organising a raffle for members and have also got a banner created to celebrate. A video of nurses and midwives will be created especially for International Nurses Day on Tuesday 12th May.
  • Newry & Mourne Branch - The branch are currently making care packs to give to members on the wards and to be put in the Pod Pause Rooms where members can go and relax.
  • Orchard Branch- The branch will be delivering Cupcakes to supported living sites and also holding a raffle for members.
  • Omagh and Fermanagh Branch – The branch have made up care packs and fruit baskets to be dropped off at wards in the SWAH, Omagh Hospital and T&F Hospital.
  • Belfast City Hospital Branch – The branch will have a Prize draw over 5 days for all members in the branch and a Special draw for nursing staff on Tuesday 12th May for International Nurses Day.
  • Mater Branch – The Mater branch will hold prize draws for all members over 5 days.
  • Greenpark Branch - Prize draws for gift vouchers have been organised by the branch for all members to be held over 5 days.
  • Causeway Branch - An Ice Cream Cart will be visiting sites for all UNISON One Team members at the start of the week. Monday - Dalriada Hospital, Tuesday - Causeway Hospital, Wednesday - Robinsons Hospital. Care hampers will also be delivered to Nursing & Residential Homes and Community workers.
  • Foyle Health Branch – The branch will be delivering Cupcakes to the nursing family  at Altnagelvin Hospital & Gransha Park on Friday & Saturday.
  • UCHT Branch – The branch will be delivering care hampers to nursing homes, producing a video and providing free ice cream from an Ice cream van for members at various locations and times across the week please check the UCHT branch page for more details of locations and times.
  • Down Education Branch - To thank the NHS workers and celebrate our One Team week, the Down Education Branch will host an Interactive Facebook Quiz with prizes on Tuesday 12th May at 8pm.
  • Down Lisburn Branch - The branch will be providing free ice cream for members with an ice cream van parked outside main sites and some private nursing homes. Times and venues will be shared on their Facebook page.
  • RVH & Muckamore Branch - The branch will be organising a prize draw for our nursing family members for an overnight stay at a luxury hotel. They will also have videos on their social media platforms.
  • North & West Belfast Branch – The branch will be delivering goodies to health & wellbeing centres and nursing and residential homes over the week of celebration.
  • South & East Belfast Branch – The branch will be organising prize draws for members throughout the week.


Further activities are currently being planned by additional branches and you can find all the up to date information on their branch Facebook pages. Our branches have been working hard to ensure their activities and celebrations are carried out safely under the guidance set out for the current lockdown and pandemic circumstances. We would like our members to enjoy the week of celebrations but remind you all to please respect the social distancing guidelines when visiting the ice cream vans or any of the events planned. Stay safe and thank you for the vital work you are doing to protect and care for us all.