Category: What Unity members say…

Malky Kane reflects on his invovlement with Unity

The P.R. group from Caledonia Clubhouse was invited in to Stirling University approximately ten years ago to speak directly to the students. Would it work? Could it work? Sara Hitchin had no doubt at all. She thought that speaking to the students face to face was the way ahead.

Back then, we had a team mostly made up of Caledonia Clubhouse members. Over the years other people came into the group and we were becoming stronger as they joined us.Malky

We built up a bond with the students, and they explained that our presentations have helped them through their time at the university. Each year we have new students coming through the system, so we always have someone new to speak to.

We have Unity members who go out to other meetings. If we are invited, our members will go almost anywhere to speak to interested parties about our various mental illnesses.

We have come a long way in the last ten years and continue getting stronger. However, we had to say goodbye to Sara last month, she will be sorely missed by our group. The good news is that Sian Lucas will be taking over those reigns.

 We welcome Sian and look forward continuing to grow together.

 

What makes Unity work?

Unity has been established for 10 years!we are 10 brick

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 In this time, Unity members have worked hard to make the group a success & to make service user and carer involvement an integral part of the social work degree programmes at the University of Stirling.

Click on the link below to find a poster, designed by Unity members, which identifies what makes Unity work.

What makes Unity work?

“Unity is a Special Group”

Ronnie

Unity gives me a sense of belonging; it gives me strength and determination to get up in the morning, to move forward in my day to day activities.

Unity is a caring, loving environment, where service users and carers can give something back, sharing our life experiences and knowledge to work closely with social work students and educators to help in their studies to educate and empower students to see it from a service user and carers’ perspective.

Talking to students gives me confidence which builds up my self-esteem to know that the students are learning.  The social work academics, Sara and Siân do a brilliant job with the students and group to provide good outcomes for the students; they are a breath of fresh air.

Unity meets up every six weeks working to contribute to the students’ social work modules and events in the wider university, which include personal stories, role plays and workshops.  Our meeting is friendly but with a serious point.  We meet for two hours of discussion then an hour for lunch to socialise; me time.

I am also involved with the inter-university group working with other universities in Scotland to share ideas and knowledge and to organise events for the benefits of social work students across Scotland.

I have had the opportunity to deliver a workshop with Unity at the 10th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work at Strathclyde University.  The workshop we delivered was called ‘The Ideal Social Worker’; it was a privilege to be involved.

Unity is a special group that treats its members with dignity and respect.

 – Ronnie, Unity Member.

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