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Live link to Samos marks World Social Work day

somos truck Thursday 10 March 2016

A live link up with aid workers on the island of Samos is one of the events organised by Liverpool Hope students to mark World Social Work day.

First year Social Work students will host a day of activities and information sharing between 11-2pm at student space Our Place On Wednesday 16th March.  

They will link up via Skype with Professor Chris Jones, an aid worker and former Professor of Social Work at Liverpool University who has set up a support network for refugees in Samos. The day will also raise money for the efforts in Samos.

Last October, Liverpool Hope students and staff collected eight tonnes of supplies for refugees on the island. The live link up will allow students and staff to see what the situation is like in Samos now. 

Other exhibitors on the day include the Whitechapel Centre, The Brink, Love activist, WHISC (Women's Health Information and Support Centre), Every Child Leaving Care Matters, St Brides, PSS Service User Group, MOWLL (Moving on with Life and Learning), Contact the Elderly, and the Department of Social Work, Care and Justice’s Settlement team.

Joe Lavelle, Co-ordinator for OUTreach Liverpool and recipient of the 2015 Jane Roden Navajo Memorial award will also give a talk. Joe's organization is the only dedicated LGBT project within the National Citizens Advice Network. 

Social Work BA student Claire Cox said: “As a group, we wanted our event to be about the promotion of social inclusion, not just on a global scale but at a local level. This is why as well as inviting local organisations to come and talk, we are also promoting international solidarity through our links to Samos and the refugees.”

Department of Social Work, Care and Justice

Picture: Liverpool Hope students fill up a container headed to Samos

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