Category Archives: In the Community

Community Led Resilience workshop by British Red Cross......

The workshops are running locally to ensure that local people and organisations are meeting to help strengthen community resilience in the area. 

The workshop aims to:

  • Create a risk register by exploring local risks and concerns about emergencies
  • Create emergency plans by discussing what we would do in an emergency
  • Create an asset map by documenting local assets and resources that can be used in an emergency

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“COVID Transmission and Killer Workplaces”......

Major new film from Reel News and the Hazards Campaign

As the UK enters a second national lockdown, a major new film from Reel News with the Hazards Campaign is released today. It explains what is being ignored – that the main source of COVID transmission is via workplaces, through airborne transmission. It also shows what we can do about it, with inspiring stories of workplace organisation and collective action …  Click here to read more.

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NHS merger could allow private companies a say on spending......

Private companies will be able to have a say in how NHS money is spent across north east London after a huge merger planned for next year.  Click here to read more.

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Half of Walthamstow children live in poverty, researchers say......

Around half of Walthamstow families live on less than £18,000 a year, according to research by Loughborough University.  Click here to read more.

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Ask the BBC and the Government to save free TV Licences for Over-75s......

We can still save free TV Licences for over 75s

On Saturday 1 August 2020, about 4 million older people will be forced to start paying for their TV Licence.

This is another kick in the teeth for older people during a terrible year when so many have been battling loneliness, bereavement and the fear created by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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Racist structures must fall – graffiti on canal side Hackney......

copyright Mick Holder

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Coronavirus: Racism ‘could play a part in BAME Covid deaths’......

Factors such as racism and social inequality may have contributed to increased risks of black, Asian and minority communities catching and dying from Covid-19, a leaked report says.

Historic racism may mean that people are less likely to seek care or to demand better personal protective equipment, it says.  Click here to read more.

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WF Branch solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter......

Waltham Forest UNISON is clear that Black Lives Matter. For us, this is more than a written statement. We are committed to campaigning against all forms of discrimination, racism and inequality experienced by our Black members in the workplace.  This includes the hidden,  implicit and institutionalised forms of racism that many non-white people experience. To do this, we support our members and ensure we have Black representation on our committee. In addition we are committed to showing solidarity with campaigns to change the society we live in so it is a fairer and safer place for non-white people.

To make a meaningful contribution to the campaign we have chosen two political organisations to support. One is based in the US and one in our borough, Waltham Forest. As a committee we will be making a £200 donation to each of these organisations. We invite all members to donate £10 or what they can to also show their support. Continue reading

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Waltham Forest Council aims to suspend all roadworks to protect staff......

Waltham Forest aims to shut down all roadworks today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents had previously criticised the council for continuing to allow construction workers to work on road improvement schemes, including the “Mini-Holland”.  Click here to read more.

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Opinion: Official line needed now on site closures......

In times of crisis you need leadership.

The construction industry is getting none.

The government needs to act now and rule what sites and companies are key to the economy and should still be working.

Instead one of the country’s biggest industries has been left in limbo by politicians making-up policy on the hoof.  Click here to read more.

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