UNISON’s COVID-19 response fund was set up to provide a safety net for our members during this crisis. Thanks to the generous donations of the 69 UNISON branches listed below, our dedicated charity, There for You, has been able to give emergency grants to over 900 members.
But that need isn’t going away any time soon.
That’s why we’ve set a target of £250,000 for branch donations to the COVID-19 response fund – and we want to reach it by the end of June.
Sincere thanks to the 69 branches who have very kindly donated from their general funds and/or their industrial action funds. Will your branch join those below and support our members in their hour of need?
Aneurin Bevan Health
Neath and Port Talbot County
East Midlands Ambulance Service
North Derbyshire Healthcare
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Community Health
Norfolk County UNISON
Barts & The London
Greenwich (Local Government & Grant Aid) Branch
Haringey UNISON Local Government
Hillingdon Local Government
King’s College London
London Ambulance Service (twice!)
NHS Professional Organisations
Senate House (University of London)
South London and Maudsley
South West London Community Healthcare
NHSBSA North West
Wigan and Leigh Health (twice!)
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Health
Green Park Health
Mater Hospital Trust
Dundee City UNISON
Gas Branch Scotland
Housing and Care Scotland
Napier University UNISON Branch
Scottish Health Care
Brighton and Hove Unitary
Ridgeway South Oxfordshire
South East Coast Ambulance
Southern Counties Water
University of Sussex
Wiltshire and Avon Health
Avon & Somerset Police
Environment Agency Midland
Four Seasons Huntercombe
Warwickshire CC (twice!)
Yorkshire and Humberside
Barnsley Branch UNISON
Doncaster District and Bassetlaw Health
East Riding of Yorkshire
Hull and East Riding Health
Leeds Local Government
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Sheffield UNISON Metropolitan
South West Yorkshire Partnership Health
South Yorkshire Police
University of York
West Yorkshire Police
York City Branch
Back from the brink of stress and debt
From the NHS domestic missing out on overtime shifts because of childcare, to the teaching assistant whose partner’s earnings have plummeted; from the care worker whose laundry costs are mounting, to the security officer suddenly made redundant, our members are working every job imaginable to keep the country running.
Here’s what a £250 grant meant to just one of them:
We really need every branch in the union to dig deep and make a donation to keep the response fund running for members in crisis.
Industrial action funds
As well as donating from general funds, we also urge every branch to donate up to 5% of its industrial action fund, agreed by either a branch committee or by the chairperson, branch secretary and treasurer.
Usually, a general meeting of members is required, but given lockdown rules, UNISON’s presidential team has made the decision to change this requirement.
So how do we donate?
Your branch can make donations to There for You by direct bank transfer to:
Account name: UNISON Welfare (Charity) There for You
Bank name: Unity Trust Bank
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account number: 20215147
Please also include a reference, consisting of your branch number and the letters ‘COV’ to identify the type of donation. It would be really helpful if you could also email There for You’s Paul Haylock on firstname.lastname@example.org when you have made your donation.
Our union is there for our members when they need it most. They really need us now.