With the current COVID-19 crisis many members are finding themselves struggling to cope. We'd like to remind members of UNISON's welfare charity, There for You, which provides a vital service to members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties.
All members can contact There for You directly, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants. Members who are experiencing financial difficulties can also apply for a Financial Assistance grant, and also receive help and advice with regard to applying for benefits you may be eligible to claim. For a full list of services provided go to the website here:
At this time, branches have also been asked to support the charity with donations, and the Aberdeen Universities branch committee have agreed a donation of £1,000 to UNISON Welfare from branch funds to help support those members most in need.
If you are dealing with an emergency situation – either linked to COVID-19 or other financial pressures – and you have no money at all, call 020 7121 5620 and leave a message. During these unprecedented times, members can apply to There for You directly for an emergency payment.
For other support and application forms for financial assistance see the There for You website linked above. Forms can be submitted electronically.
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We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and that you may have queries or need support.
We have been engaging with both Universities throughout this period and they have created FAQ areas which should answer the majority of queries:
The main item to highlight is that both Universities have committed that staff will suffer no detriment financially during this uncertain time and we will all continued to be paid.
If you have a query that is not answered on the University website and you are not sure who to contact, please contact us and we will engage with the relevant departments to find an answer for you.
Please stay safe everyone and follow the guidelines issued with regard to COVID-19.
It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we'll be repeating our split AGM format across both Universities. The AGM will be held on two days at lunchtimes, with one meeting at RGU and the other at UofA. Please make every effort to come along to one of them.
Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and the AGM meetings will start at 12.30pm.
University of Aberdeen
Monday 2nd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 224 in the Sir Duncan Rice Library
Robert Gordon University
Tuesday 3rd March 2020: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room 213 in Aberdeen Business School
Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings. Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.
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