Community Care journalist Rachel Shraer travelled with the convoy, organised by both Swan and Stand Up To Racism, to Calais on the 17th October 2015. Here you can read her report, highlighting the complexities of organising aid across borders, with no state assistance, and the desire amongst the social work profession to promote social justice. Alongside the donations, Swan and SUTR organised a rally that was held alongside refugees, to demonstrate our solidarity with those trapped in the Jungle, and have produced an International Swan petition alongside other social work agencies that demands social policy change.
Events early November in Calais have taken an unpleasant turn, with police firing rubber bullets, masses of tear gas and pacifying grenades directly at refugees. The need to send messages of support and find ways to demonstrate solidarity is not going to disappear, and Swan remains committed to the cause of refugees and asylum seekers experiencing serious social injustice.
SWAN's Steering Committee prepared the statement and call for action which follows and facilitated for it to be accepted as a joint one by all UK social work organisations (APSW, BASW, JUC SWEC and SWAN).
Social Workers Across Europe demand - #OpenEUborders for refugees and asylum seekers (read on for the Greek, French, Spanish, German, Croatian and Hungarian versions)
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North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community are organising this community-led housing conference for November 21st. This conference is being organised in conjunction with the Irish Housing Network. Members of SWAN are involved in this conference and we encourage all SWAN supporters to make the effort to attend.