SWAN Ireland in a new national SWAN venture established in 2012.

I read this article and the experiences of the people within it with a familiar feeling. While the examples in this article are UK specific, the general experiences that people highlighted bear similarities to those of people I meet through my daily work here in Ireland. As social workers we are more often than not the one's who support people in accessing their basic rights to food, shelter, income and education, to name a few. I wonder if any of you have any (anonymised) examples of the bureaucratic nightmares people here have to go through here in Ireland in order to secure basic income, basic services, food, clothing etc? I have plenty I could share. Maybe some service users would like to share their experiences themselves? If so, feel free to send any and all stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It would be great to gather a snapshot of people's experiences of trying to access their basic rights here in Ireland and what social workers are doing to support people in this. The article here should give you some idea of what you could contribute.


Link to article: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/05/even-the-sight-of-a-cv-would-give-me-an-anxiety-attack-guardian-readers-on-benefit-sanctions

This Saturday 26th July in Dublin there will be another march in solidarity with Palestine. Members of SWAN Ireland will be joining this march which is being organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


(Poster from IPSC)



The people putting themselves forward for the next round of the CORU registration board have been put up on CORU's website. CHECK THIS OUT ASAP. Voting will be by post and will close on July 29th. Whether you love CORU (or hate it) it is vitally important that YOU, the people on the ground, have a voice in this process. See if you know any of the candidates. If so, contact them and ask them what their objectives are, if voted in. Critique them, tell others what they say and make sure to post it on the SWAN facebook page and/or Twitter account. We will send out as much info about the candidates as we can to make sure you are all as informed as possible. Don't let the next four years of CORU be as bad as the first few years. CORU should HELP us do our jobs, not HINDER us.


Link: http://www.coru.ie/en/news/details/update_social_worker_registration_board_election_2014

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