The Way Forward for Tyne and Wear Learning Mentors
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2001On 22nd May at the Station Hotel in Newcastle, Bob Allen, National Officer from the CYWU (Community and Youth Workers Union) addressed a meeting of Learning Mentors from across the Tyne and Wear area.
The meeting had been called to allow workers to share concerns about the development of our new profession and to find out whether the CYWU might be able to offer us support and guidance in addressing issues of pay, conditions, job descriptions, career prospects and management.
Everyone at the meeting shared a feeling of excitement and optimism about this new area of work with young people; however many felt that concerns were difficult to address at school level and that it would be more constructive and positive to try and address these concerns as a group, linking up across the region. There was also a need for the kind of specialist advice that a trade union could offer.
Bob spoke about the history and profile of CYWU, stressing its close links with the NUT and it’s expertise in the education field. He also said that the union had already become involved in recruiting and supporting Learning Mentors in some of the phase 1 projects in London.
At the end of the meeting it was decided by those present that the best way forward was to form our own branch of the CYWU! Tyne and Wear Learning Mentors Branch sounds pretty good don’t you think? A number of people have joined on the spot and others took the forms away.
If you believe that collective action is the best way to lay strong foundations for this exciting new profession (or if you just think you should belong to a union and didn’t know which one was the best bet) don’t delay, join today!
Contact Cathy Boyd on 07714 083 286 or write to:
55 Church Rd. Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5RE for an application form.
Another meeting will be arranged before the end of term and anyone willing to help should contact Cathy. Ideally we need at least one contact person in each Authority to circulate information and organise local members.