SWU Union Contacts Training and Development Day – 23 September 2023

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It’s not too late to register for SWU’s Training & Development Day in Manchester on Saturday 23rd September.

This free event is for SWU members who are Union Contacts, who are currently in the process of completing the Union Contact online induction training, or who are considering becoming a SWU Union Contact.

The event details are as follows:

Training and Development Day for SWU Union Contacts

Saturday 23rd September 2023 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
The Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD


This is a free event including lunch and refreshments, and attendees will receive signed copies of How to Survive in Social Work by Neil Thompson & John McGowan, along with full-day CPD certificates. (SWU cannot on this occasion reimburse travel or accommodation expenses.)

Both Piccadilly and Oxford Rd stations are around a 10 minute walk away.
(Please contact the Mechanics Institute direct if you have any specific queries regarding parking or access.)

The event is an informal opportunity to meet SWU staff and each other in the wonderfully historic Mechanics Institute in Manchester. We plan for an interesting and relaxed day and have secured two excellent presenters in Professor Neil Thompson and Simon Francis.

Places are taken quickly so please contact me if you would like to attend: Carol Reid, National Organiser & Union Contact Manager – carol.reid@swu-union.org.uk

Agenda for the Day

Start of event and welcome from John McGowan, SWU General Secretary and Carol Reid, SWU Union Contact Manager & National Organiser.

Presentation from Professor Neil Thompson entitled “How to Survive in Social Work”. As social workers you may already know Neil as his books are upon all our shelves! He is a strong advocate for trade unionism and an Ambassador of the Social Workers Union.

Presentation from Simon Francis, Director of Campaign Collective, entitled “Campaigning and Activism Skills for Social Workers”. Simon works closely in collaboration with SWU and provides advice and support to social workers and students initiating campaigns through our Campaign Fund.

Carol & John will answer any questions about the SWU Union Contact role, the Phase 2 (advanced) role, campaigning, and becoming more involved in SWU generally.

Attendees will receive a full-day CPD Certificate and a newly published copy of the 2nd edition of How to Survive in Social Work by Neil Thompson & John McGowan.