Final programme for the 6th SWAN National Conference, with workshops

Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Conference 2011


Friday 15th April

11.30: Registration open

1.00 Introduction:

Professor Sue White – University of Birmingham (Critic of social work targets)

Michael Lavalette (SWAN National Convenor)

1.15 – 2.30:  Plenary: Challenging Cameron’s Big Society and fighting welfare cuts

Speakers: Bob Holman (community campaigner), Bob Williams-Findlay (Disabled People Against Cuts), and Helen Davies (Barnet  Alliance for Public Services/Unison activist)

2.35: Workshop streams

4.05: Break

4.30: Plenary: Social work and resistance across the globe

Speakers: Linda Smith (South Africa), Vassilis Ioakimides (Greece), and Miriyam Asfar (activist/researcher: Egypt and Arab revolutions)

5.45 – 6.45: Regional SWAN and IDYW network meetings

7.30 – late: Conference social (£5 for food & entertainment –see flyer below for details)


Saturday 16th April

10.00: SWAN AGM

11.00 Break

11.20: Plenary: led by young people (organized together with In Defence of Youth Work)

Speakers: Dami Benbow and Kalbir Shukra (activist/supporter of IDYW)

12.30: Lunch

1.30: Workshop streams

2.30: Break

2.50: Plenary with breakouts: Building Alliances to Defend Services

2.50 – 3.10 Introduction by John McArdle (Black Triangle Campaign), Karen Reissman (Unison/NHS anti-privatisation campaigner), and Education Activist Network speaker

3.15 – 4.10 Breakout sessions

4.15 – 4.40 Reconvene to feed back

4.45: Closing comments: SWAN Convenor

5.00 Conference ends


This programme with a full list of the workshop streams can be downloaded here.

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