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The area has a population of around 91,000.

Much of the southern part of the county borough around the Cwmbran new town conurbation is now urbanised. The north of the county borough is greener and retains extensive areas of countryside, especially on the route to Blaenavon.

The administrative centre is Pontypool in the centre of the county borough. Most of the administration of Torfaen County Borough Council is conducted from the Civic Centre here.

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February 2021

date 8th February date 14th February

HEART UNISON 2021

Heart UNISON is part of Heart Unions Week, the TUC’s annual event to celebrate unions, to make sure everyone knows why we’re vital at work, and to encourage everyone to join one. Read more ...

Heart week

February 2021

date 4th February

BE SAFE IN THE WORKPLACE

The COVID19 pandemic has exposed health and safety in the workplace. It's always been important but now it's more important than ever before.

Wherever you work in Wales, whatever you do, become a safety rep today to ensure you and your colleagues are on the safe side.

Health and safety taster session Thursday 4th February 12:30 – 1pm Register form here ....
Find out more here Read more...

#BeOnTheSafeSide #UNISON

keep safe in the workplace

February 2021

date 3rd February

PAY FAIR FOR CARE

On Wednesday 3 February at 12:30pm, UNISON is hosting a carers' rally as part of the Pay Fair for Care national day of action.

Join the event to hear from care workers, celebrities and politicians. Wednesday, 3 February 2021 from 12:30-14:00 UTC, online with Facebook Live.

Pay fair for care

January 2021

date 20th January

SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING

Following our very successful and well-attended meeting for schools' members last week, we are repeating the meeting this Wednesday 20th January at 5pm for those who were unable to attend or could not join the previous meeting as it was full - apologies to all of you for any inconvenience.

So that we can accommodate everybody who'd like to attend, you will need to register to attend the meeting using this link - Register here

This meeting is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.


January 2021

date 14th January

SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING

Dear Member

We would like to invite you to a meeting of school members Thursday 14th Jan. This is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.

Please see the joining details below.

Schools members meeting
Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/229348309
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom (Toll Free): 0 800 031 4727
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011
Access Code: 229-348-309


January 2021

SCHOOLS HELP AND SUPPORT

Schools will now initially be closed until 29th January, with a review to be conducted on that date.

If any of our members are experiencing any issues, questions or heath and safety concerns. We ask that you please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here for you! We are all in this together!


December 2020

COVID SUPPORT

It’s going to be a hard and difficult winter. UNISON’s members’ charity #ThereForYou may be able to support you with a grant to help pay your bills. Check if you're eligible and apply online by clicking on the image.

Full Facebook video information here. Visit Facebook pages ....


December 2020

ANEURIN BEVAN UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD

The day has finally arrived as Gwent starts on its road to recovery. Wales was the first country in the world to receive supplies of the vaccine last week, and...
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Aneurin Bevan University Hospital

December 2020

THANK YOU WORKERS

This year it's been more important than ever to celebrate our amazing members who work in schools. Be proud of what you achieve everyday

Thank You Workers

December 2020

STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2020 UPDATE

Support Staff at St David’s Primary were treated to a lovely handmade card and a certificate from their Headteacher made by the children. And a goodie bag! A massive thank you to their Rep Katrina.

#StarsinourSchools

Torfaen Stars In Your Schools

November 2020

date 27th November 2020

STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2020

If any schools in Torfaen would like to get involved with Stars in our Schools this year, we would be more than happy to help.

This year it's going to be different as we know but if you have an idea that will work for your individual school, send an email over to our Branch Chair Jack on Jack.Johnson@torfaen.gov.uk as soon as possible and we will be in contact with how we can help.

UNISON in Schools
It's been a year unlike any other and next Friday 27 November UNISON is celebrating the unsung heroes of education – the support staff who are 'Stars in our Schools'.

Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond, and you'll enter into a prize draw to win a £25 voucher for them and for yourself, in time for Christmas.

Read more ......

Stars In Our Schools 2020


November 2020

BECOME A REP

Any union member can do it.

If you're interested in hearing more about the role of a safety rep click here.
#BeOnTheSafeSide #HealthAndSafety #UNISON

Be a rep
Be a rep
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Be a rep

October - November 2020

WALES LOCKDOWN OCTOBER 23RD - NOVEMBER 9th

Wales Lockdown


October 2020

MENOPAUSE QUIZ

How menopause supportive is your workplace?
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Menopause

October 2020

THANK YOU!

We are constantly blown away by school staff across Wales. Thank you for your dedication and willingness to go above and beyond.

Because of you, pupils can continue to attend school.

#KeepWalesLearning

Diolch School Staff

October 2020

KEEP TORFAEN SAFE

Keep Torfaen Safe

September 2020

date 23rd September

CALLING ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

Torfaen Unison School Forum online meeting is an opportunity to discuss coronavirus, your rights at work and making schools safe for all to give you an update from the Welsh Government. If you would like to attend please contact:

Email: jack.johnson@torfaen.gov.uk

Call: 01495 766356

School Forum

September 2020

date 14th September

KEEP WALES SAFE

Keep Wales Safe

September 2020

COVID-19 ADVICE FOR SCHOOL AND EARLY YEARS STAFF

Latest news read more .... Please get in touch with your local UNISON branch if your school’s response concerns you.


June - July 2020

MEMBERS SUPPORT LINKS


June - July 2020

MEMBERS SUPPORT LINKS


May 2020

date 12 April

TORFAEN UNISON COVID-19 HARDSHIP FUND

Torfaen UNISON Branch have set up a fund to help members and their families who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to Covid 19. The grant is a one off payment of up to £100.

To be eligible you must be a fee paying member of Torfaen branch of UNISON for at least 4 weeks, and have savings of less than £800.

If you are eligible and wish to apply please contact our Welfare Officer Sue Pritchard on sue.pritchardunison@gmail.com, or ring on 07889564124, to complete a simple application form.

Keep safe
Diane Morley
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary


April 2020

date 14 April

MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM TORFAEN UNISON BRANCH

Torfaen UNISON represents cleaners, care workers, school staff, housing workers, social workers and many others working in the Public and voluntary Sector.

So many of our members alongside those who work in the NHS are at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus in our community.

As a UNISON branch we, along with the wider union are deeply concerned about the shocking lack of personal protective equipment for staff in the frontline.

Staff who need this to keep themselves and us safe, not only are the NHS suffering from the lack of PPE, but so too are our members in care homes, schools and other frontline services.

It is essential that the Government urgently increase the supply of PPE in hospitals, social care and wherever assessments consider members could be at risk, we also need testing to be rolled out now to frontline staff to enable them to keep themselves and others safe.

If you are concerned about the lack of PPE at work, please let us know, we are here for you.

Either raise it with us directly by calling the branch on: 01495 766356

Or message us at torfaenunison@torfaenunison.co.uk

Alternatively, click on the links for the UNISON online PPE alert reporting tool and the Wales TUC online whistleblowing hotline.

Whatever concerns you have as we move further into this unprecedented territory, please contact us if there is anything we can do to support you.

Keep safe, and thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe

Diane Morley
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary


April 2020

date 7 April

FREE ONLINE COURSES

UNISON Cymru Wales to deliver free online Covid-19 training across Wales Read more .....


March 2020

date 23rd March 2020

NJC Circ Coronavirus and Critical Workers Update
NJC Circ Coronavirus and Critical Workers Update

School FAQ guidance coronvirus download file
School FAQ guidance coronvirus download

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FAQs for school staff

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 UPDATE

Statement by Kirsty Williams Minister for Education

I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.

The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.

Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.

This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions.


March 2020

date 24th March

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

Hi All,

Just to let you know that the Torfaen UNISON office is now closed, however just to reassure you, we can still be contacted via email, click here Torfaen Email or you can call on 01495 766356.

We are here for you, take care and keep safe.
Diane Morley Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary

Coronavirus


February 2020

date 5th Februarydate 12th Februarydate 19th FebruaryAGM 2020

AGGREGATE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

The Torfaen Unison Branch Committee invite you to attend the forthcoming AGM. We urge you to attend and support your branch, and look forward to seeing you there.

Please click on the document link to the left to view a poster with all three dates.


Closes 14th February

date 14th FebruaryWinter Fuel Grant for Members

WINTER FUEL GRANT FOR MEMBERS

There for You has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members. If your net income is £18,000 or less you may be eligible to receive a grant of £40.


January 2020

GETTING HELP AS A MEMBER OF UNISON

Many people are struggling to make ends meet while the cost of living spirals. Even a small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s well-being. Whatever the amount, debt can feel stressful, overwhelming and all-consuming. Read more ....


Closing Date December

date 21st December

CALLING ALL PUPILS

'What Is Climate Change?' and 'How Does It Affect The World?' competition for primary and comprehensive schools with prizes.

Climate Change Poster


Help And Support

TORFAEN HELP AND SUPPORT

Please ring us on 01495 766356 if you want to chat about the benefits of joining UNISON.


Help And Support

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Summer 2019

GO FOR GROWTH

Summers coming ..... hopefully. Please check out these offers as a little thank you for being part of Torfaen Unison. Go For Growth


Closing date Friday 19th July 2019

School Uniform Grant Help

GET HELP WITH SCHOOL UNIFORM COSTS THIS SUMMER

Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school costs? Help is on hand.

We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.

To apply, download the application form from:
unison.org.uk/get-help or contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 19 July 2019.


May / June 2019

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD

Calling all school support staff - please find below a survey for you to complete from Show Racism the Red Card on tackling racism in schools.

Show Racism the Red Card Survey (English version)

Show Racism the Red Card Survey (Welsh version)

Red-Card

May 2019

TORFAEN TOGETHER

Unison members at Torfaen Council - you can have your say on a new behaviour framework that's being drawn up following last year's staff survey.


April, May, June 2019

FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF 2019

Working in partnership with Unison, The Open University in Wales are offering the following free workshops to support staff and teaching assistants in Wales.
Full details and dates click here

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Contact Torfaen Branch

UNISON Office
Civic Centre
Pontypool
NP4 6YB
Telephone: 01495 766356