Are you a social work student, social worker or acting in a similar role?
What is our role as social workers in the context of systems, institutions and political bodies contributing to harms experienced by communities and environment? Do you feel that your workplace, NGO’s and welfare sector accreditation bodies are making urgent challenges and transformations to the status quo? Are you wanting to use your perspective, energy, and skills to do more in the way of collective change?
If you are interested in these questions, then you are warmly invited to the first (of many) meetings of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) as we start a chapter in Narrm (‘Melbourne’).
Together, we’re looking to explore guiding principles and areas of action, organisation, and collaboration as we work to grow this community.
Check out other SWAN chapters to get a sense of their shape and context, and what SWAN Narrm could potentially become (https://www.socialworkfuture.org/). We are encouraging everyone to contribute their wisdom and critical perspectives in shaping this community, even if it means our structure and name becomes something different to SWAN – which we are entirely open to.
Please come with:
– a gold coin donation for venue (if you can–if not, organisers are able to cover);
– ideas for areas of action, passion and concerns, and what you would like to see grow in the social work community in Narrm/Melbourne;
– willingness to challenge the privilege and power inherent in social work as a profession, and utilise the power you individually hold and that we collectively have.
In this first meeting we will focus on collective goals, vision, and what we’re hoping to build. People are welcome to attend just to listen and observe if more comfortable, and we welcome your input in any form, verbal or otherwise.
If you have ideas, questions, concerns, or agenda items, please post and we’ll address them with you beforehand or on the night collectively.
RSVP to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ if you can attend or are interested in attending future meetings.
This meeting will take place upon land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, who, as with all First Nations’ peoples in ‘Australia’ never ceded their sovereignty and have yet to have treaties negotiated to reflect this. Colonisation is an ongoing process which we are perpetrators and beneficiaries of, and we would like to pay particular attention to the ongoing role Australian Social Work individuals and bodies have in removing Aboriginal children from their culture, language, family, land, and community.
Venue is accessible.