Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Postive Impact of ULRs in the Workplace

The TUC has published an analysis of a survey of ULRs and their managers, highlighting the benefits to organisations of embracing the Union Learning Rep movement in support of the skills of the people working in there organisations.

You can download it here 

We will be using this material to help employers understand what ULRs can bring to the workplace. Our 1st ULR recruited through Connecting Learners (N&M) has now completed her training and is making waves within Cartrefi Cymru. As Rhys Trimble said at our launch in Machynlleth, "Upskill me Llinos"!!!

Enjoy a long weekend in the sunshine, and remember that Mayday is for the workers.  

Connecting Learners & Cartrefi Cymru

Unison Magazine now available on Issuu

check it out...

Connecting Learners Adult Learners Week Raodshow - Cartrefi Cymru

For more information about the roadshow, please call us on 01248 363 175/176 or email We're really looking forward to a fantastic week.

Monday, 18 April 2011

The new Social Care Passport North Wales produced by The Care Council for Wales/SCiP North Wales

Ever wanted to know what training you need to get ahead in social care? Do you want more information about how to progress your career? It's all in this lovely new booklet produced by SCiP North Wales, who've kindly agreed to let Connecting Learners disseminate it far and wide on the interwebby.

The Engish version is at the front, y Fersiwn Gymraeg yn y cefn

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A good idea for meetings and planning

Something that we might use in future with either partners or learners is Prezi Meeting

I think it looks great!!


Thursday, 14 April 2011

New information leaflets aimed at umbrella organisations in Wales

Here's an information sheet aimed at promoting the Project through the umbrella organisations in Wales. It'll be tweeted now and emailed directly when we have "y fersiwn Gymraeg" ready. It's all full of lovely hyperlinks and everything!!!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Brilliant way to run and promote the 6 Book Challenge

Here's how the Connecting Learners South Wales Project is running the 6 Book Challenge in their learners' workplaces. We'll be launching the same at our Adult Learners Week events. More to follow on those!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Our new Essential Skills Awareness Presentation

Here is my new creation - or adaptation - of the Awareness Raising Session we deliver to 3rd sector organisations. Free free to copy and adapt as required, though a passing credit with a hyperlink to this post on our blog would be much appreciated. Next step is to screencapture it with commentary and publish it as a video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Three Key Ways Brands Can Manage Risk in Social Media | Social Media Today

Three Key Ways Brands Can Manage Risk in Social Media | Social Media Today

Why Your Employees Should Be on Social Media Sites | Social Media Today

Why Your Employees Should Be on Social Media Sites | Social Media Today

We like this - Unison's tutor notes for the Moving On Course presented in lovely Issuu style

The First ULR/Learning Champions Taster session 24/3/11

We decided to experiment with Animoto to share the photos of our first ULR Taster session, delivered by Mike Schoonjans of the Making the Learning Connections Unison WULF Project and attended by members of staff from Cartrefi Cymru in Bangor

Create your own video slideshow at

Connecting Learners in South Wales Project Launch

Here's the video highlights from the Connecting Learners (South) Project launch, featuring the wonderful Karen Fisher. Enjoy...

Project Launch - Rhys' poem about the day

Here's Rhys Trimble performing his poem about the launch that he created on the day in response to all the things he'd seen and heard at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Inspiring stuff. I feel a Poetry course coming on...

Monday, 4 April 2011

WULF and the Web - a Work in Progress

Here's my first shot at creating a presentation/toolkit for WULF Project teams and others in the lifelong learning sector around how we can use social media to develop our projects and help create an environment fit for the 21st century learners we work with. I'd really appreciate any criticism (of the constructive kind), you comments, hints, "there's too much of..." and "there's not enough of" please.

Friday, 1 April 2011

The Story of Knowing Me, Knowing You

Here's our brand new video about our exciting and inspiring communication skills course Knowing Me, Knowing You. It was premiered at our Project Launch on 31st March 2011. We really hope you like it.

Connecting Learners Project Launch - 31/3/11 in Machynlleth

Wow - we had such an amazing day yesterday at CAT. All of the speakers were inspiring and it all went unbelievably smoothly.

Here is my presentation that I gave on the day. I hope you enjoy it.