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Unionlearn North West

Our belief is that the life chances of all people can be transformed through access to learning, throughout their working lives. Such learning opportunities must be available to the entire workforce, regardless of their employment status or educational background. Everyone should have fair and equal treatment to develop his or her potential, free from discrimination. We believe learning and skills can best be delivered collectively in partnership with trade unions. Our purpose is to help unions open up a wide range of learning opportunities for their members. This will both promote their personal progression and develop their trade union role, strengthening workplace organisation. We will guarantee that all provision is of a high standard and continuously improves in both its quality and diversity. Our goal is to become the centre of excellence for supporting high quality union-led learning. We also aim to become the authoritative organisation for promoting innovation and research and disseminating best practice in such learning. Our success will be determined by the sustainability of this activity, through unions embedding learning and skills at the heart of their organisation.

20 November 2013
North West
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?


We have contact with well organised organisations that have the capacity and support to introduce dementia awareness to the workplace.

We can facilitate support and raise awareness with our trade union affiliates 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?


Our Challenge will be to convince employers of the value and need to take on the responsibility of ensuring dementia awareness becomes part of working life

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness across trade unions

    We will plan to implement training for union representatives raise awareness through events and seminars.

    Discuss with unions introducing dementia awareness in discussion with employers. 

     Discuss with some of our other partners introducing dementia awareness and exploring the possibility of our partners signing up to the alliance. . 

    We have already introduced a training element into our unionlearn climbing frame as a dementia awareness module.


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    We recently held a NW TUC event on 28/02/2014. With over 100 delegates. 40 of which attended a dementia awareness presentation.

  • Develop volunteers from our representatives

    We will aim to recruit a given number of volunteers to disseminate information in workplaces encourage their workplaces to be more aware of dementia.

  • Work with employers on customer service initiatives

    Encourage employers to include dementia in their customer service initiatives.

  • We are discussing adding a national dimension to what we do subject to agreement

    Build a strong partnership with the NW Dementia Alliance supporting initially Salford Dementia Alliance Group and then scope feasibility for dimentsion.

    Initial Scoping