Gearing up for World Social Work Day!

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To sum us up in 1 sentence is simple: we’re passionate about our social work community. We want to be there for practitioners and professionals across the UK, listen to your concerns and ambitions, and help advocate for the change that you need. Continuing in this mission, we’re travelling the country next week in honour of World Social Work Day (19th March!) to hear from as many of our social workers as we can manage in just a few days! While we prepare internally for a road trip celebrating good practice and getting to know front-line practitioners passionate about social work all around the UK, we wanted to let you know where we’ll be. Make sure to keep an eye out for us if we’ll be in your area and don’t hesitate to come by and ask any questions you may have about who we are and what we do!

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The whole sector will be discussing good practice, overall values and the future of social work next week, as World Social Work Day gives us a good push to reflect on where we’re at. As a result, it’s an excellent time for us to hear from our practitioners and see how you all feel about current social work policies.

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Our travels begin on Tuesday in Preston, when we return to our founder Matt Hughes’ “alma-mater”, University of Central Lancashire, for their Social Work Fair. It’s set to be a great day of sharing ideas about what developments are needed in social work and hearing from the future of front-line service in Lancashire. We love getting the chance to meet with the UCLan team and hearing how they’re working to create an outstanding next generation of practitioners. Plus, we might be able to get Matt to show us some of his old university haunts while we’re there…!

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On Wednesday though, we then divide and conquer. While some of us head off to the University of Hull for their event “Proud to be a Social Worker”, Matt Hughes sets up camp in Telford as part of our consultancy there. We’re working to support the development of good practice in the region with our Practice Education service, advising the team there and guiding students and NQSWs. Matt is a fountain of knowledge, so if you’re in Telford on Wednesday and have any nerves or questions about furthering your practice, he’d be happy to have a chat! Meanwhile, the rest of us will be finding what makes Hull practitioners proud to be in social work. We’ll have our now infamous banner with us, encouraging you all to write down “What does social work mean to me”! Start thinking of your answers now…

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The last on our “World Social Work Day”-Week Roadtrip is up to Geordie-country. We’ll be attending the North East Social Work Alliance’s Practice Education Conference on Friday 22nd March in Gateshead. We’re really excited for this stop in the One Stop Social tour next week because it gives us a chance to really connect with members of our community in the North East. This event is themed around “Innovation, creativity and partnership: exploring regional developments in Practice Education” so we can’t wait to see what the NESWA and their excellent guest speakers have in store for us!

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With all this to-ing and fro-ing, we’ll definitely be relying on endless tea and coffee next week, but our passion for social work and social workers will never waver. If you’re at any of the events we’re attending next week, please stop by and say hello! We want to hear from you about what social work means to you, why you chose this profession and what you want social work to look like! Plus you may be able to steal one of our lovely bright orange OSS bags!

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We believe in giving something back to the social work community. To this end we are working with a number of like-minded organisations to provide you with the tools to develop good practice across the UK. Most importantly, we believe that everyone’s voice matters. We want to build our social work collective on your ideas, and champion the causes that matter to you.

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