SWAN London has been taking stock over the summer months of how to grow as a regional group and to make the most of its resources. The group will continue its seminar series with an unique ability to create a radical London forum for practitioners, service users and students - the next event is due for Jan/Feb 2012 on social care and privatisation - we just have to find more than the present £40 in the bank to make it happen!
SWAN London has joined forces with other campaigns and events over the summer. SWAN London representatives spoke at the protest over Elaine McDonald's treatment by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a woman whose night time care was cut, which left her wearing pads overnight, despite being fully continent). You can see more here: http://tinyurl.com/645rluq. SWAN London will have a stall at the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) conference on 29th October 2011 - see flyer below.
SWAN London also lent its name to a joint letter to put pressure on BMJ/RCN recruitment fairs to ban Atos Origin, the private company responsible for discriminatory assessments of benefit claimants on Employment and Support Allowance: http://tinyurl.com/5w32x4p
A. SWAN London representative also spoke on social work and campaigning at a national student conference organised by BASW in June and addressed the new student cohort at London South Bank University.
If you want to contact the London group you can do so here. The group has also launched a blog at: http://swanlondon.wordpress.com/
From Newsletter #2 Autumn 2010
Dan Morton reports on developing links between SWAN and the Autistic Rights Movement
Paul Ellis, social worker and Unison Shop Steward discusses a recent London SWAN meetingI attended this event organised by the London SWAN with a colleague from Camden to discuss personalisation and our response to racism. This was a half-day seminar to critically explore and discuss these two highly topical issues for social work today: the former in the context of the general election and talks over how to fund and deliver social care, and the latter with the rise of the BNP and Islamophobia in Britain.
Rich Moth from London SWAN draws lessons from a successful campaign to save local hospital services at the Whittington Hospital in North London
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