Name: Denise Wilson
Where do you work?: Bonnyrigg Health Centre as part of the Midlothian Enhanced Rapid Response Team, working with people coming out of hospital and people who need help with basic needs.
Role on Committee: Steward
Denise Wilson, steward, Midlothian Enhanced Rapid Response Team
What does that involve?: Representing the needs of members in my area.
How long have you been involved in unions?: I’ve been in the union for 7 and a half years.
Why did you join?: Concerns about change and wanting to protect members and the people we look after as well.
What do you get out of it?: I’m going for training and looking forward to trying to help members.
Name: Jody Lochery
Where do you work?:Stobhill
Role on Committee:Safety rep/ officer
What does that involve?: I assist colleagues with health and safety problems in the workplace.
How long have you been involved in unions?: Three years now.
Why did you join?: One of the main reasons that I became a Safety Rep was to help and assist colleagues with
Jody Lochery, Health and Safety Rep
health and safety problems in the workplace.
What do you get out of it?: I find this can be rewarding and sometimes challenging but I enjoy working in the role.
Why should other people join?: Health and Safety is very important in the workplace and it’s there to protect everyone. Unison Midlothian also promote partnership working in Health and Safety.
Dougie Harvey, lifelong learning rep
Name: Dougie Harvey
Where do you work?: Temporary area operations manager, Hillend and Danderhall
Role on Committee: Lifelong learning representative
What does that involve?: I look at bringing in or putting on courses for our members’ benefit. These might be courses or experiences that will help people get to where they want to go in their work or at home.
How long have you been involved in unions? I became a shop steward about four years ago but I’ve been in the trade union since 1993. My dad was an ex-miner and it was part of our lives.
Why did you join the union? Being able to have a say in your workplace is really important and being part of the union is a way of getting some reassurance about your job and where you work.
What do you get out of it? I like to see people better themselves and upskill themselves just as I did. I got to my current role through lifelong learning and want to be part of helping others do the same. Sometimes the biggest barrier can be people not believing they can learn. I get satisfaction from helping people get past that barrier and showing them there’s lots of resources around to help them learn if they just look up and see the help that’s on offer.
Why should other people get involved? Unions help you get the opportunities you might need to go to places where you might think you could never go.