SWAN announced before Christmas that the 10th annual Social Work Action Network Conference will be entitled, The Politics of Hope: Fighting for the Future of Social Work. This will be held at the University of the West of Scotland (Paisley Campus), from Friday 10th - Saturday 11th April 2015. You can book online at the following link: https://eventbrite.com/event/2004729199/

We are pleased to announce two of the speakers at the event, Gerry Mooney of the Open University and Amal Azzudin of the Glasgow Girls.

Gerry Mooney will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Gerry is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. He was written widely on issues from class, poverty and social inequalities, social policy in Scotland, Scottish devolution and the independence debate through to issues in criminology, urban studies and industrial relations. Among other publications, he is co-editor and author of Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland (Routledge, 2015 forthcoming); co-editor and author of Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond (CPAG, 2014) and co-editor and author of Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland (Policy Press, 2012).

Details of his other publications can be viewed as his Open University webpage at https://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/staff/people-profile.php?name=Gerry_Mooney.
He has also authored a number of papers for the Open University’s OpenLearn site @ http://www.open.edu/openlearn/profiles/gcm8 and he is on Twitter @gerrymooney60
Gerry is currently researching and writing around territorial stigmatisation in Glasgow and also around social welfare and Scotland’s constitutional futures.

Amal Azzudin will also be speaking at the event. Amal is a community development worker and campaigner for human rights and social justice. Amal has just graduated with a masters degree in human rights and international politics at the university of Glasgow. Amal was one of the Glasgow Girls, a group of seven school girls from Drumchapel High School in Glasgow that got organised and stood up against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. The Glasgow Girls story has since been turned into a BBC documentary, a stage musical and a television musical drama.

Meanwhile, any suggestions for workshops at the conference can be sent to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodation in Glasgow can be found at the following link if you search by date and price: http://www.bedandbreakfasts.co.uk/G1-3SL/  

The cheapest option is the Euro Hostel http://www.eurohostels.co.uk/glasgow this is a good location, minutes from the train station to get the train to Paisley.