Hi my name is Pete Hornsby and I am the Branch Welfare Officer. I have been elected into this post by members for the past 3 years, in that time I have helped many members with financial and other welfare issues.
Unison Welfare support members in a variety of ways mainly through confidential advice and financial assistance in the form of grants. For example we can help with sorting out finances, advise on benefits or put members in touch with another organisation that can help. A grant could be made, for example, to assist with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much-needed break. We can often increase the financial support available by collaborating with other grant making organisations.
Support is offered through a team of experienced casework staff at National Office and network of branch welfare officers. They are there to listen and help, and all information is strictly confidential.
The difficult circumstances confronting members who need our help are rarely the result of a single problem. The grants we give often provide a vital breathing space whilst we work with other parts of UNISON and other agencies to find the varied and longer term solutions required. Please see below the services we offer.
- Debt advice
- Listening and support
- Financial assistance
- Breaks and holidays
- Personal advice
So if you feel Unison Welfare may be able to assist you then feel free to contact me, my details can be found on the contacts page.