Inspire! Awards Nominations 2018 - Ian Swan11-May-2018
Following a career in the Army, Ian suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ended up being homeless for a period of time. After a period of counselling, and being able to secure accommodation, he decided to try to secure some work and eventually found a job as a refuse collector with Cardiff Council.
Once Ian had settled into his role, he noticed that there were a lot of issues in the workplace and with his newly found determination decided to get involved and became a shop steward. He then participated in numerous courses and became the Workplace rep, Health and Safety rep, Union Learning rep and Equalities officer.
Despite tragedy hitting when Ian then lost both is parents in a short space of time, he continued to work, develop himself and push forward. And the work paid off. Ian was noticed by Unite the Union Wales as a potential employee.
Glyn Connelly at Unite commented that in the learning group ‘Ian’s positive attitude was the glue that held the group together’. When the opportunity arose for a Regional Learning Organiser on Unite's Wales Union Learning Fund project, he was encouraged to apply for the role and was successful.
Ian commented on his learning ‘I stayed on to do 15 courses altogether run by Adult Learning Wales and this, I strongly believe, had prepared me and set me into the strong confident person I am today'.
Ian’s tutor commented ‘I, along with others, have experienced Ian’s commitment and drive by encouraging members and non-trade union members to experience the joy and benefits of the learning journey. I often meet Ian’s colleagues from Cardiff Council who are all attending Trade Union courses and the respect and love they have for their friend is remarkable’.