UNISON’s LGBT group celebrated its latest recruitment champions this morning, when vice president Josie Bird presented the winners with their awards at the LGBT conference in Harrogate.

“The presidential team are always astounded at how many weekends our LGBT members are out and about at Pride and other community events,” she said.

“We’ve learnt from those regions that submitted an application for the awards that these regional groups attended 35 Prides events this past summer.

“We also know that not every region submitted an application, so we can only guess that UNISON was proudly out at virtually every Pride event held in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland this year.”

Ms Bird announced that the 2018 winner of the branch LGBT organising award was Cardiff County Branch. Only formed in January this year, since then, it has doubled the number of activists involved and organised and attended many events, both in and out of the work place.

Natalie Forbes Smalley Branch Equalities Officer (pictured along with branch LGBT officer Helen O’Sullivan) said ‘I attended LGBT conference 2018 in Harrogate 16th-18th November as a representative of the LGBT Black Caucas elected onto the National LGBT Committee. The committee side of the Conference is really exciting but lots and lots of hard work. It is fabulous to se all the work we put in over the year coming together.

This year in conference I ran a workshop on recruiting and retaining Young Members that complements a Motion I moved on recruiting Young Members and increasing their activism. This was a massive success and the workshop was even mentioned in a speech by a young member who felt infused to promote positive change through her attendance at the workshop.

I also spoke on behalf of the Black LGBT Caucus in opposition to a Motion that would have caused detrimental effects to the Black Caucus voice and means of representation.
To put the icing on my conference cake Cardiff County LGBT SOG won the National branch LGBT recruiting & organising award. Our SOG only formed in January this year since then we have doubled the number of activists involved and organised and attended many events both in and out of the workplace.

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