Through my involvement with the UNISON Bridges To Learning Project I became aware of the scope of work that the WEA are involved in as they are partners to this UNISON project. I have always had a love of learning, but this has significantly increased since leaving school and I have found that UNISON has helped me to develop those skills, so as well as being a Shop Steward I am also an active Union Learning Rep within my UNISON Branch. In addition to these branch roles, I am also Branch Education Officer for Newcastle City Branch and Chair of the Education Committee for UNISON Northern Region. I now spend my time arranging courses for members and encouraging those who would like to into or back into learning as well as training future Union Learning Reps and supporting the Bridges to Learning Project.