BASW England London Branch is seeking a new Branch Chair
Current Chair shares some of the great work the London Branch have achieved so far
Hi London Social Workers,
I wanted to write and let you know some of the exciting things BASW London Branch have been up to and to welcome you to join the Branch – we would love to see you!
In September 2018, BASW London held a very well attended AGM and launch event with Ian Lawrence, author of the Samurai Social Worker. Ian gave an incredibly moving (and multimedia) keynote speech on his experiences with mental health services and how this experience impacts and shapes his work as a social worker and a manager of a social work team. This event was the springboard to the branch holding some very successful and well-attended events.
On 21 March 2019 the branch co-hosted an event with Medact: ‘The Impact of the Prevent Policy on Children and Families’. This event was scheduled just 6 days after a fascist gunman entered a Mosque in New Zealand and massacred worshippers – a horrendous act that highlights the need to focus on a policy that contributes to increasing levels of Islamophobia. One of the organisations represented on the panel said that it was the first time they have participated in an event for practitioners to come together to encounter and share a range of experiences with this issue, including critical and often frightening experiences. A sad indictment that communities that are disproportionately impacted by policy are not often able to share the impact of those policies. BASW London are extremely proud to have co-hosted an event that provides a platform for marginalised voices and presents practitioners with alternative narratives to enable them to critically reflect on their own practice within Prevent.
BASW London Branch ran an information raising stand at the activist fayre at the Beyond Borders Festival. The purpose of the stand was to share information about social work with migrants and organisations that support migrants working with children’s services. Organisations represented included BASW, Project 17, CFAB and Social Workers Without Borders, and this was very well received by participants.
Prior to ‘lockdown’ we held regular #BASWPizzaMind events – a space for social workers to come together, eat pizza (with gluten free and vegan options!) and seek ‘peace of mind’ by chatting, reflecting, sharing, challenging and planning things together. We have some exciting plans for future events where we can share food and ideas – even if this means virtually!
The focus for the branch now turns to increasing membership and focusing on future events. London is an amazing city – people’s stories reflecting different cultures, religions, political views, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and abilities/disabilities, and branch members are united by a shared passion and commitment to anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice. It is the aim of the branch to be able to hold space for marginalised voices, particularly of people who experience social work, but also for social workers who experience and have experienced oppression and their allies. There’s plenty of scope to get involved and assist in running the branch too – the position of Chair and a place on the committee will soon be available and I know that as a Branch we would like to ensure that we are truly representative of Social Workers and Social Work Students in London.
I would like to personally extend a welcome to anyone who would like to join the BASW London Branch and I do hope that you will consider joining one of our planned events and spreading the word amongst colleagues, friends and peers.
We have a Branch meeting scheduled for Wednesday 9th December from 19:00 – 20:00 and this will be a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams – I look forward to seeing you then!
- Alex Greenchester
- Current Chair of the BASW London Branch
BASW England would like to thank Alex for their fantastic contributions to the London Branch during their time as Chair.
Want to apply for the chair position?
If you would like to find out more about the chair position or let us know that you are interested, the please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the role of chair is open to members only however new members are more than welcome to apply.