UNISON National Young Members Weekend 2015
Friday 15 May - Sunday 17 May 2015
at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nottingham.
Dear Young Member,
The details of the 2015 UNISON National Young Members Weekend have been confirmed and this year it is to be held in Nottingham.
Who can attend?
Any young member (under the age of 27 on 17 May 2015) who is interested in getting actively involved in organising and campaigning in UNISON.
Each region is strongly encouraged to send its full entitlement of 10 young members, at least 50% of whom must be women. Yorkshire and Humberside will give priority to those who would be attending for the first time or are from an under-represented group.
What is on offer?
The weekend includes plenary sessions, education and training, campaigning exercises, discussions, and social activities. The weekend will take place against a background of attacks on public services and on young people, so one focus will be a practical campaigning activity, including approaching members of the public to get our case across. The weekend brings together more than 100 young members from across the UK to find out more about the union and, more importantly, how they can play a part in our campaigning to defend public services. It’s a great way to network, meet new friends, socialise and find out how to get active.
What does it cost?
£280 per young member payable by the Branch. This rate includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. There are no regionally funded places available.
Can partners attend?
Yes, UNISON has negotiated a rate of an additional £10 per night for the weekend for members who wish to bring a partner (this rate is for bed and breakfast only). To book for dinner as well it is an additional £25.00 per night, and for lunch on the Sataurday or Sunday it is a further £13.95. Payment must be made in advance (full details are on the Application Form)
Members who wish to bring their child(ren)
Children under 14 are given bed and breakfast accommodation free. Lunches are taken in the crèche at no charge. Evening meals for children are charged at £6.95 per meal.
Travel costs and reasonable adjustments (including crèche)
Travel costs are met centrally. Members are expected to use Stewart Corporate Travel to travel to and from this event. This is in order to control costs but also as part of our policy to support public transport and our commitment to the green agenda.
Details about how members can book travel (through Stewart Corporate Travel), and register for reasonable adjustments, including dietary adjustments, and for crèche services will be emailed to members immediately after their registration for the weekend is confirmed, along with the deadline for return.
How is it being promoted?
The weekend is being promoted through EFocus, on the young members webpages, and in various other outlets and at various UNISON events. There is a flyer to promote and I attach a pdf for distribution through your networks. In the meantime, please would you do your best to support and promote this event and please would you encourage any young members you may know to register their interest with me by completing the attached Expression of Interest Form.
How to register an interest in attending?
If you are interested and want to attend please let me know asap by completing the attached Form and return it to me. The deadline for return is 4pm on the 11th March 201. The necessary membership checks will be completed and the Region will then confirm with the individual if they have secured a place during week commencing 16 March 2015.
Thanks for all your support and co-operation.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get back to me.
With thanks and kind regards
Area Organiser (UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside)