SWU Conference 2024: Trade Unionism & Activism – Links with Social Work

Social Workers Union (SWU) Conference 2024: Trade Unionism & Activism - Links with Social Work | 27th April 2024, Manchester | A FREE Training & Development Day for Social Workers and Social Work Students

A FREE Training & Development Day for Social Workers and Social Work Students

Saturday 27th April 2024
9.30am to 4.30pm
at the historic
Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

The Social Workers Union (SWU) is thrilled to invite you to our one-day conference at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on April 27th. Whether you are a social work student or qualified social worker, whether you are a member of SWU or not – all from the world of social work are welcome alike!

This free event includes CPD Certificate, lunch and refreshments for all attendees.

Conference highlights will include

  • Launch of the Austerity Action Group‘s updated 2024 Campaign Action Pack which is an activism toolkit for social workers.
  • Inspiring speakers from the arenas of professional social work, hands-on campaigning, and grassroots activism.
  • Informative and uplifting discussion with like-minded social workers, students, and trade unionists.
  • Meet the SWU team and chat with our Union Contacts. Discover different ways to get involved and hear about the collective benefits of union membership.
  • A live performance by the amazing and rousing Banner Theatre Group who have a wonderful musical history focusing on activism and collectivism. 

Meet our keynote speakers

Sarah Wooley – Sarah is a British trade union leader and the first ever woman to lead the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU). Sarah is a prominent activist and grass-roots campaigner. As well as being General Secretary of BFAWU, she is also the 2023-25 President of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU).

Dr Neil Thompson – Neil is an independent writer and producer of online learning materials and a visiting professor at the Open University. He is also a SWU ambassador. His Academy website, with his acclaimed Manifesto for Making a Difference, is at www.NeilThompson.info.

Simon Francis – Simon has worked in communications for over 20 years, is a Campaign Collective founding member, and has led high profile integrated campaigns for a range of NGO and public sector organisations.

Book your free place here:

(but hurry … places are likely to go quickly!)

Important booking notice:

  • SWU and BASW members must be logged into their account on the BASW website in order to avoid the £4.80 booking fee.
  • Non-members can access this event for free by using the discount code provided after completing the BASW & SWU Communication Sign-up form, which will waive the £4.80 booking fee.