It has come to my attention that although we are a large branch, a very small proportion of our members are eligible as young members (under 27 years of age)
One of my goals as the young member’s officer is to not only build on our young membership but to also build on young member participation and activism within UNISON. Be this at a workplace, branch, regional or national level.
I understand that recruitment is a difficult job, but there is a huge range of things UNISON do to support its members and young members are no different to this.
In the South West Young members are currently running campaigns around affordable housing and the living wage; we have a number of resources for these along with recruitment packs specifically designed for Young people.
Young activists are the future of our organisation, because of this it is essential we try to get as many young people involved as we possibly can.
I’d love to hear from you about the ways you’ve engaged young people, and am more than happy to discuss with you ways we can work towards increasing young membership and involvement in your workplace.
Please drop me an email if you’d like to know more about what I can do to support you, would like some recruitment materials for young people or would like to know more about the work UNISONS young members are doing.
I will be holding a few meetings around our affordable housing and living wage campaign, if you feel this is something that would be valued in your workplace or would like more information on the format/ content of the session, please let me know and we can discuss this and the practicalities of hosting one where you work.
Kathleen Pittman – Bristol Unison Young Members Officer