‘DEFENDING WELFARE, WELCOMING REFUGEES: ANOTHER SOCIAL WORK IS POSSIBLE’
Teeside holds a particular importance for our conference this year. Teeside has the highest proportion of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, and is amongst one of the most deprived areas. We are honoured to work alongside The Other Perspective, a refugee social enterprise, who will share a meal with us on Saturday evening in the student union, and provide the catering. Given the heavy involvement of Swan in anti-racism campaigning and social work in Calais over the past 18 months, this is a fitting partnership.
The conference will be held at the School of Health and Social Care at Teeside University, and there is parking on site for cars and coaches. There are lots of hotels and B+B options to suit most budgets in the local area (Travel Lodge/Jurys Inn etc.), and the campus is an approx. 11 minute walk from the train station.
The key themes for this year will be refugees and racism; anti-privatisation; welfare reform and international perspectives. Those of you who have been before will understand how powerful, energising and inspiring a Swan conference is. Those of you who have not, you are welcome and will not be disappointed.
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