Aiming high to be there for our members

Sixty-nine branches have donated to our COVID response fund so far – is yours on that list?

This is real solidarity in action – helping our members who are really struggling. Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary

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?

Cymru/Wales

Aneurin Bevan Health
Neath and Port Talbot County
Cangen Torfaen

East Midlands

East Midlands Ambulance Service
North Derbyshire Healthcare
Northampton Hospitals
Nottingham University
UNISON Power

Eastern

Anglian Water
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Community Health
Norfolk County UNISON
West Suffolk

Greater London

Barts & The London
Birkbeck College
Greenwich (Local Government & Grant Aid) Branch
Haringey UNISON Local Government
Hillingdon Local Government
King’s College London
Kingston University
London Ambulance Service (twice!)
London Electricity
NHS Hospitals
NHS Professional Organisations
Senate House (University of London)
South London and Maudsley
South West London Community Healthcare
Thames Water
Westminster Branch

North West

Burnley
Lancashire UNISON
NHSBSA North West
Salford Health
Wigan and Leigh Health (twice!)

Northern

NHSBSA Newcastle
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Health

Northern Ireland

Derry Education
Green Park Health
Mater Hospital Trust

Scotland

Dundee City UNISON
Gas Branch Scotland
Housing and Care Scotland
Napier University UNISON Branch
Scottish Health Care

South East

Brighton and Hove Unitary
Ridgeway South Oxfordshire
South East Coast Ambulance
Southern Counties Water
University of Sussex

South West

Bath Health
Bristol
Somerset Health
Wiltshire and Avon Health

West Midlands

Avon & Somerset Police
Environment Agency Midland
Four Seasons Huntercombe
Warwickshire CC (twice!)
Worcestershire

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
North Lincolnshire
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 p.haylock@unison.co.uk when you have made your donation.

Our union is there for our members when they need it most. They really need us now.