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Work safely at home – a free webinar

WITH MOST offices not expected to be able to reopen until 21 June at the earliest, many of us will have no option but to work from home for many months to come.

So LFB is hosting a webinar on Working Safely Through the Pandemic, put together by NUJ Professional Training in collaboration with the union's health and safety committee. It's on Monday 22 March from 6pm-7.30pm. At the time of writing there are still places on it. (This is the webinar postponed from February.)

Developed by Caroline Holmes, coordinator of the NUJ's trade union training programme, the webinar lasts about 90 minutes, uses Zoom and should let participants learn how to:

  • Understand why it's important to look after your health and wellbeing at this time.
  • Identify some of the challenges you face in working safely, whether from home, back in the workplace or a blend of the two.
  • Be clear about what support you can expect from your employer, or would have a reasonable chance of negotiating from your client.
  • Identify support available from the NUJ.

Each session will include a short presentation followed by a chance for questions and a short open discussion.

Mark Fisher, Secretary of Edinburgh Freelance Branch, said of the Working Safely Through the Pandemic webinar:

"I strongly recommend the Caroline Holmes webinar - it's packed with provocations and good advice. Anyone with a body, especially a body that sits in front of a screen all day, will pick up loads from it. Members of Edinburgh Freelance Branch responded enthusiastically to her session earlier this week and shared lots of ideas and testimonies in the chat box during the presentation as well joining in the interesting discussion that followed. At a time when so many of our working practices have changed, it's important members get to hear her words of encouragement and warning."

The webinar's Q&A element will allow participants to raise aspects of freelancing in a pandemic.

And it's free to NUJ members. At the time of writing there were still spaces available. To register, email They'll need your NUJ membership number (it's on your Press Card if you have one).

See here for links to the NUJ's Health and Safety Committee's guidance documents on Home working – good practice, Working from home and Home, remote, "agile" working. These have much advice of relevance to freelances.

See here for other upcoming training courses from LFB, NUJ professional training, NUJ Training Scotland, NUJ Training Cymru Wales and FEU Training.