Warwick Uni Workers Mutual Aid Hardship Fund

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We provide support to those who are precariously employed at the University of Warwick who have lost hours and income in the COVID-19 crisis. Check the "About" section for details!

Today's Balance
£615.29
Estimated Annual Budget
£14,642
Goal
£20,000
per year

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120 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Incognito

£1k GBP since Jun 2020

2
Incognito

£500 GBP since May 2020

3
Incognito

£500 GBP since May 2020

4
Incognito

£500 GBP since May 2020

5
Incognito

£500 GBP since May 2020

6
Miles Reid

£300 GBP since Jun 2020

7
Nicola Pratt

£270 GBP since May 2020

8
Incognito

£250 GBP since May 2020

9
Myka Tucker-Abramson

£200 GBP since Apr 2020

10
Robert Talbot

£200 GBP since May 2020

11
James Beckford

£200 GBP since May 2020

12
Guy Clarkson

£200 GBP since May 2020

13
Alastair Smith

£200 GBP since May 2020

14
Anne Gerritsen

£200 GBP since May 2020

15
Incognito

£200 GBP since May 2020

Organizations

1
Warwick UCU

£2k GBP since May 2020

What's new with Warwick Uni Workers Mutual Aid Hardship Fund

Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.

Second Application Round Open

We are grateful for the donations we have received and can now open a second round of applications. To be able to support you as meaningfully as we can, please include any relevant information pertaining to:amount of income losturgencyavail...
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Published on June 27, 2020 by Katja Laug

First Round of Hardship Payments Made!

Following the initial application deadline on June 5th, we are happy to report that we have processed hardship fund payments for 30 people - everyone who applied in this first round! We paid out funds of ~ £8,300, leaving ~ £2000 to help...
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Published on June 5, 2020 by Tara Mulqueen

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

We are pleased to announce that you can now apply through this linked form. We expect the first round...
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Published on May 26, 2020 by Katja Laug

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Applications now open

Published on May 26, 2020 by Katja Laug

Please follow this link to access the application form. We aim to have the first payments authorised by Friday 05 Jun...

Budget

See how money openly circulates through Warwick Uni Workers Mutual Aid Hardship Fund. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Monthly financial contribution to Warwick Uni Workers Mut...

from Pablo Mukherjee10/1/2020

+£10.00GBP
Completed

Monthly financial contribution to Warwick Uni Workers Mut...

from Claire Daffern 10/1/2020

+£25.00GBP
Completed

Monthly financial contribution to Warwick Uni Workers Mut...

from Incognito10/1/2020

+£10.00GBP
Completed

Today’s balance

£615.29 GBP

Estimated annual budget

~ £14,642.33 GBP

Warwick Uni Workers Mutual Aid Hardship Fund is all of us

Our contributors 124

Everyone who has supported Warwick Uni Workers Mutual Aid Hardship Fund. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Myka Tucker-A...
Admin

Total contributions

£200 GBP

Tara Mulqueen
Admin

Total contributions

£100 GBP

Katja Laug
Admin

Precarious worker, UCU Warwick Anti-Casualisation Secretary, social justice multi-tasker

Warwick UCU
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£2,000 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£1,000 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£500 GBP

Miles Reid
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£300 GBP

Nicola Pratt
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£270 GBP

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£250 GBP

About

Find the application form here!

We have set up this mutual aid hardship fund in order to offer support those in our community who are precariously employed and may have lost hours and pay as a result of changes and cuts made in light of COVID-19, including the closure of campus, the cancellation of exams, and the move to online teaching. 

While some staff have been furloughed, others are simply not eligible, while some (e.g. Unitemps workers) are only furloughed with 80% of their pay. Fixed term contracts will end when it is impossible to find alternative employment. Needless to say, the circumstances have created considerable hardship, uncertainty and impossible choices for many of our most precarious colleagues. For many, universal credit is also not an option. 

In creating this fund, we want to be clear that we believe that mutual aid is no substitute for support that should come from institutions, whether the University or the Government, through the guarantee of full pay or significant hardship funds. So far, this support has not been forthcoming, and we cannot stand by and watch our colleagues suffer. 

We initially wanted to do this as Warwick UCU, but trade union laws make it impossible to use our funds in this way. Thus we have opted to do this in a personal capacity and in partnership with Warwick Anti-Casualisation, We hope that this as well as the transparency of the Open Collective platform will help to give confidence that the funds will be managed and distributed with integrity. Please note however that the hardship fund is not restricted to UCU members, though we would encourage everyone to join one of the unions on campus. 
 
Eligibility
This fund will be available to workers at Warwick University, or those who worked for Warwick Uni and lost their job due to the crisis. You may be or may have been: on Unitemps contracts, on STP, on fixed-term contracts, contracted by Warwick through an external agency to provide services to the University.

We will prioritise by circumstances with the aim of supporting as many people as meaningfully as we possibly can.
 
Union membership
You do not have to be a member of UCU, Unite, UNISON, WAC or any other union to apply for this hardship fund. However, we strongly recommend that you join a union and join the struggle for fair and sustainable employment environments.
The Unions recognised by Warwick University are:
·      Unite the Union (Unite)
·      UNISON
 
Application process 
We will require minimal evidence for the application process, such as a narrative and ‘back of envelope maths’ as to what you have lost or what you need to cover the basics. We do not need to see your bank statements, but you could add a payslip or an email from HR, agency, or Head of Department that states that you have lost work/hours. We do need proof to see that you are/were employed by Warwick such as your Warwick ID number, full name, or an email with contract details.

We will make an online form available that you can fill in with application details. We are aiming to open the application process around the May payday (24 May) and will be able to make payments by early June 2020 for the first round. If we have additional funds from the fundraiser, we will run further application rounds.
If you know someone who would be eligible for the Hardship Fund but does not have internet/computer access to fill in the form, please email us at [email protected] and we will work to support without the form.

Our declared aim is to provide support and relief to those most affected by this crisis and will work to approve rather than disprove applications.
 
Universal Credit recipients
Some may receive Universal Credit (UC) but still struggle financially. We need to be cautious because payments from the Hardship Fund may affect your UC eligibility. If you or someone you know is receiving UC and still struggling to make ends meet, we are open to discuss ‘in kind’ payments. Please contact us at [email protected]
 
Payments
We aim to open the first round of applications around the May payday (24 May) and make first payments in early June. We are hoping to be able to give £200 per applicant. However, if we are short of funds we will prioritise based on need.

We want to encourage those who need more to speak to us about their needs, and we encourage those who could make do with less to let us know that as well. We want to meaningfully support as many people as we possibly can and are open to discuss your individual circumstances.
 
Privacy
Being affected by hardship can be a humiliating experience, on top of all the worries this comes with. We promise your data and any information pertaining to your person will not go beyond the administrators of this hardship fund.