We Welcome Swan Lancaster!

Here is an update from their very first meeting!

“Due to a mix of students with different responsibilities we have decided to run daytime and evenings sessions.
So our first meeting of the week happened on Monday 13th March, we were joined by John Garman who came to give us a talk about the A21 Campaign http://www.a21.org/index.php?site=true. Really thought provoking and inspiring, some of the stories he shared from survivors were harrowing but truly inspiring. We had a good discussion about how we can support his work here at the university, raising awareness around the issue of Human Trafficking. Greater awareness and action is needed regarding the significance this threat poses to the unaccompanied refugee minors currently being denied access into the UK due to the DUBs Amendment being scrapped! We also talked about some of the implications for our future practice. We will be meeting again to discuss how we can work together in the future.
This was followed by an evening meeting on Tuesday 14th March where we screened ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and had a post screening discussion around welfare issues, and the many problems surrounding the ‘outsourcing’ of PIP and ESA assessments. The evening was attended by representatives from the BA and MA programmes as well as lecturers from the department. 
Our next planned event is attending the SWAN Conference on 8th-9th April!! We are really looking forward to meeting with fellow like-minded individuals, finding out how we can get involved with future and current campaigns working together for a fairer, safer future for everyone.
We also now have a facebook group – Social Work Action Network Lancaster University and a twitter account @LancasterSwan.
Look forward to seeing you at the conference! Not long now…..”

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