“Looked after” Children’s Christmas appeal and Foodbank Appeal


Hi everyone,

As you know for the last 4/ 5 years? Coventry City Council staff have collected at Christmas for both the Foodbank, and for Christmas presents for our “looked after children”.

Every year we’ve been overwhelmed with the sheer volume and generosity of all you kind souls out there. See last years haul in the pic above.

This year things are obviously very different, even father Christmas is socially distancing, and has gone ”Virtual” in the grottos; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54816579

So instead of buying gifts for our looked after children and care leavers, we can now donate to the “Just Giving Page” that has been set up here:


Its super easy to use, literally takes seconds, and any donation great or small would be hugely appreciated.

They’re aiming to raise £3k by the deadline of 30th November

You can follow them on social media too – @VoicesOfCareCov and @CovVoices

Secondly as ever the Foodbanks are always looking for donations and this time of year is always the hardest financially. You can still donate to supermarket collection points (a complete list is on this website) and you can also donate cash really easily too.









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Please help get the message for donations out there!

Let’s make this a bumper year for both Childrens services and Coventry Foodbank, and thank you all so very much.

PRESS RELEASE – Sickness absence at Coventry City Council – ‘Mental Health Matters’


UNISON welcomes the opportunity to respond to the comments made in the Coventry Evening Telegraph by Councillor Mutton, Cabinet Member for Resources, about sickness absence at Coventry City Council.

We too are very concerned at the upward trend in sickness absence in the organisation. Just a few weeks ago UNISON highlighted the issue of mental health in the workplace and held open meetings on Mental Health in the Workplace, which were well received. The aim of these meetings is to record the issues that affect our members’ mental health and well-being and to begin to address them with our employer.

We have raised questions about this matter with the employer over a number of years, not least as they apply to the Equality Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act. The employer has a duty of care to ensure employees are kept safe at work in all aspects, including health and well-being.

They also have a duty to ensure that those employees are properly supported in order that they can carry out their roles. We have also raised issues about bullying, harassment and cultural issues of discrimination many times with the City Council.

We know that the vast majority of absence is genuine. We also know that austerity and cuts to Council budgets have had a devastating impact on the workplace as employees are asked to take on more work with less staff which simply cannot continue.

Public Service should be respected and embraced. Our members often go above and beyond the call of duty.  That needs to be recognised. For too long our members have been undermined by austerity. To excel, we need to become an employer of choice. Therefore it is important that our members are valued employees regardless of whom they are. The Council could embrace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We are at our best when everyone feels valued.

Message ends.

Please phone 02476 550829 or email sarah.feeney@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or richard.harty@unisoncoventry.co.uk with any enquiries.

Christmas Welfare Assistance for UNISON members


Please contact the Branch Welfare Officer if you know of any members, serving or retired, who are likely to suffer hardship or emotional stress over the Christmas period.

Mark any mail as ‘confidential’ and contact us by Tuesday November 28th.

We are currently considering which cases we can put forward to the regional Christmas welfare fund.


Chris Burrow

Education Convenor, Pensions Champ, Branch Welfare Officer


Coventry City Branch


tel. 02476 550829

Direct line: 02476 521126

Mobile: 07535 526034



UNISON: There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017


If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You. To be considered, you must either be:
In receipt of Housing Benefit; or

Your net annual income is £18,000 or below [Note: We ignore the following income Child benefit, any childcare element included as part of your working tax credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment].

Also, you will need to have paid a minimum 4 weeks membership subscriptions before 22nd May 2017
To take advantage of this grant please complete the forms via https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ and return to us with all the supporting documentation requested. We’ve also included a Q&A setting out the full conditions and eligibility criteria which should answer any questions that you have.
Please note the closing date is 21st July.



Lots of support is available to help #UNISON members who are struggling with finances and other issues.

Please find the latest edition of the ‘There for You’ Newsletter via the link below and see if we can assist you.

UNISON – Helping you as your friend at work.





UNISON support for members who are EU Citizens


Hi All

For info, please find links available for you to get support and advice from your trade union. Do contact UNISON Coventry City branch if you have any queries.

There is currently:

a Right to Remain campaign and legal advice document produced jointly with JCWI https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2016/09/24055.pdf

a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNISONEUMembers/

a page on UNISON’s website on tackling prejudice and xenophobia (including leaflets which can be ordered)https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/knowledge/discrimination/tackling-prejudice-and-xenophobia/

UNISON are also organising regional and other local meetings on issue.  To find out more information on this please contact k.widlak@unison.co.uk

We hope this is a useful start and we will organise an update for you in the new year, as work progresses.

Coventry City UNISON




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What are UNISON School Uniform Grants?

In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulties many members on low income face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasingschool uniforms.

How much are the Grants?

They are one-off grants of £40.00 per school age child, up to a total of £120.00

Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be:

A member who has paid 4 weeks subscriptions before the launch date of this programme (23/5/16)

Have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. [Note:By household income we mean net earnings after tax, national insurance, pension deductions of you, your partner and any other adults living in the property]. The following is not included as income for the purpose of this specific grants programme:- Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Child Benefit and the childcare cost element only of Working Tax Credit.  Responsible for meeting household bills and struggling to pay them. Financially responsible for the child/children. Not eligible for funding for uniform costs from your Local Authority.

Is there anything else that may affect my entitlement to apply?

Members and their partners must not have combined savings or, a rolling bank balance of more than £800.00. Savings of any other adults in the household do not apply.  You must not have received financial assistance from UNISON There for You during the previous six months. Applications are limited to one per household  Ensure you send all requested paperwork with the form or the application cannot be accepted

How do I apply?

To apply for a School Uniform Grant simply: Print out and complete the short 2-page application form that is attached to this post Download from our website www.unison.org/thereforyou

Contact Unison Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be posted to you. Provide us with evidence of your entire household income by sending copies of You and your partner (if applicable) last month’s payslip(s), Last full month’s bank statements for all bank accounts held by you and your partner (if applicable)

Submit the form along with the completed short survey by 15 July 2016. Post your application including all supporting paperwork to: UNISON Welfare, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY.

Where can I go for further help or advice?

There is a limited amount of funding in the school uniform grants programme and once it has been exhausted no further awards for the year can be made. However if you are facing unforeseen hardship it may be possible for you to apply to our general grants programme.

We will let you know if this applies to you. For further information, please see our web pages at www.unison.org/thereforyou,


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