They were described as a ‘shining example’ for UNISON branches, particularly for their work bringing together two strands of equality and learning. Examples of this work include their online talks organised for awareness months:
- Black History is My History is your History – Black History Month
- The Love that dare not speak its name: LGBTQ Love poems through the ages – LGBT+ History Month
- Getting to ‘yeh’ without feeling ‘meh’ – International Women’s Day
Irvin Hendrickson (Branch Secretary), Joni Carter-Hendrickson (Treasurer) and Collina Wicks (Life Long Learning Coordinator and Union Learning Rep) attended the awards.
On winning Collina said: "It was a complete surprise but I am very glad our branch has been acknowledged for all the hard work we've put into learning for our members. It's been a difficult few years for everyone but being a part of the UNISON Loughborough team has been amazing."
Irvin added: “As UNISON reps, our sole aim is to improve the quality of life for our members. It’s not just about defending someone during their hour of need, we support them in other ways as well. Our free courses and seminars provide access to knowledge and skills that our members can use both in the work place as well as their personal lives.”
This is the branch’s third award since 2017, an extraordinary achievement for a small branch.