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Bob Holman, the celebrated social activist, retired academic and community social worker, had a letter published in the Glasgow daily newspaper the Herald on Saturday 18th August 2012, with which SWAN whole-heartedly agree and which we are pleased to share.
A friend of SWAN, Bob appeared at the 2011 Social Work Action Network conference 'Building Alliances, Defending Services' held in Birmingham. He spoke under the title 'Big Society? Big Joke!' as part of the plenary session Challenging Cameron's Big Society and fighting welfare cuts.
On your marks, get set...
...for a week of Paralympic fun and games against Atos!
From Monday 27th to Friday 31st of August, join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games – five days of action against a company that’s sponsoring the Paralympics but wrecking disabled people’s lives.
SWAN condemns the plans by Haringey Council to delete the Haringey Travelling Peoples Team (HTPT) (including the Traveller Liaison Site Management post that sits within the team).
HTPT supply vital support to the Gypsy and Traveller residents in the London borough, who are, in many cases, a highly vulnerable community. Residents rely on this team for a variety of essential services. These include services for Traveller Children and Family Joint Case Work, Vulnerable Adults Case Work, Education Support Work, Community Group Work Youth Work and Welfare Rights Work. On accommodation issues the team play a key role in ensuring the cohesive and culturally appropriate management of the borough’s Traveller sites, engagement with unauthorised encampments and Traveller Housing Support. The team also provides support for Health Issues, Child Poverty Needs Assessments and support for Community Engagement and input into service provision.
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