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supporting UNISON members when life gets tough

There for you
UNISON Welfare is our own unique registered charity

We are aware of the pressures UNISON members face on a daily basis and can provide support at times of unforeseen financial hardship or personal difficulty such as redundancy, bereavement, illness or relationship breakdown.

UNISON Welfare can offer
  • Support
  • Confidential advice
  • Financial Assistance

UNISON Welfare is exclusively for UNISON members and their dependants at times of special need.

Contact your branch welfare officer or branch secretary. You can also be put in touch with the Scottish Welfare Committee by phoning 0845 355 0845 (or contact the Secretary at the number or email address below).

You are always best to approach your branch first. Some branches have local Welfare Funds set up as charitable organisations as well as giving access to the national fund. Welfare Officers and the Welfare Committee have experience in advocacy for members and putting them in touch with other agencies which may also be able to help.

Newsletter August 2014: (pdf)
Newsletter August 2014

Sponsored Walk for Welfare at New Lanark Fun Day

August 2014: The Scottish Welfare Committee has been invited to join South Lanarkshire branch to hold a sponsored walk and take part in their fun day at New Lanark on Sunday, 31 August 2014.


The participation in the South Lanarkshire day will enable us to raise vital funds for There for You, UNISON Welfare’s charity.

We are asking for help from branches for:

Donations towards the day – not in sponsoring rides, etc. as in previous years, but just direct donations for UNISON Welfare. As you know, demands on Welfare    from our members is greater than ever – many of our members are living in poverty, due to low pay and need to access food banks just to get by.

Please send all cheques to: Diane Anderson, UNISON, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow, G2 6RX, made payable to UNISON Welfare

Members to sign up for the sponsored walk (sponsorship form link below). This will consist of a short walk (around 5k) to the beautiful Falls of Clyde and back to the  centre.
Sponsored Walk sponsorship form New Lanark 2014

We will once again be holding a raffle and donations for raffle prizes would also be  appreciated.

Publicise in your branch and encourage as many members and their families as possible to support the day.  Arrange minibuses if needed to help members to get    there.

School uniform grants

Application form pdf
Pass the info on...

A4 leaflet pdf
A5 leaflet pdf
A6 leaflet pdf

Worried about back to school costs?

Are you struggling to cope with the rising cost of living? Finding that you’re having to economise in every area of expenditure?

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 or find out more about other help that is available visit the UNISON UK website or click here for a form on this site. You can also contact your UNISON branch (see branch contacts here)

Closing date for receipt of applications is 11 July 2014.

PS. If you know of other members who may need our help, please pass this on!

Previous News

Newsletter September 2013: (pdf)
Newsletter September 2013

Winter Fuel
UNISON help to apply for Winter Fuel Grant
Click here for more details and application form

Newsletter September 2013: (pdf)
Newsletter September 2013

Bulletin August 2012: (pdf)
Bulletin August 2012

Newsletter June 2012: (pdf)
Newsletter June 2012

Update 31 May 2010 A good time had by all at UNISON Welfare Fun Day in Dunfermline.
Pictures in our Picasa gallery
Pittencrieff Park DunfermlineWalk the Glen

UNISON Welfare
Centenary Sponsored Walk

Family Fun Day

Pittencrieff Park
Dunfermline Sunday 30 May 2010


Come and join UNISON members, families and friends to enjoy a day of fun and celebration on Sunday 30 May, in beautiful Pittencrieff Park - known as 'The Glen' - near the centre of Dunfermline in Fife. Click here for Google map

We're celebrating the centenary of our unique Welfare Fund, and doing some fundraising too. There's lots to do!

Sponsored walk/fun run 5K
Around Pittencrieff Park. Walk beside the well-kept shrubs and flower beds. The more energetically inclined may break into a jog!

Route will be well laid out and easy to follow – with stops highlighted on the way round.

Family Fun Day – bring all the family
• Bouncy Castle • Face Painting • Balloon Modelling • Children’s Races • Stalls • Raffle
• Refreshments

John Park MSPThe event will be opened by Mid Scotland and Fife MSP John Park (pictured right)
at 12 noon.

Pittencrieff Park links
• FifeDirect site
• Friends of Pittencrieff Park
• Wikipedia

Action for Branches
• Make £50 donation – Cheques payable to
UNISON Welfare • Sponsor Walkers • Sponsor Events/Stalls • Donate Raffle Prizes
(contact Secretary for more information)



UNISON Octopus Lottery
UNISON Octopus Lottery

Octopus is UNISON Welfare's monthly prize draw. You could win great cash prizes and support UNISON Welfare.
Click here for more

Bucket and Spade Appeal

UNISON Bucket and Spade Appeal
The UNISON Welfare Bucket and Spade Appeal raises funds for holidays which give a much needed break to families in difficult circumstances.
Click here for more