Thursday 30th July 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon (via Zoom).
- What have you learnt from the ‘lockdown’ about different ways of working? What has been positive, what has been less successful, and what have you done to help overcome problems and barriers?
- Has your workload changed? Has it increased or reduced? Have the types of enquiries changed?
- Has your funding been affected or is likely to be affected in the future? Have you taken on more staff, or lost colleagues?
- What do you need to happen so that you feel safe returning to work? What about venues you don’t directly control (e.g. outreach services)?
- Are there new ways of working that you will take forward, even when it is ‘safe’ to return to office working?
- How will you hold team meetings, training and similar events in future?
On 30th July, you can join colleagues from across the UK to discuss these, and other issues, as part of our latest NAWRA online event.
The session will open with a brief outline of the key issues from our Chair, Alan Markey, and from NAWRA committee member Corin Hammersley. Alan will look at these issues from the perspective of his own charity, Coventry Independent Advice Service, and Corin will look at things from a local authority welfare rights perspective.
We will then break into small groups to discuss these topics and share experiences, coming back together at the end for a feedback session. We are sure that everyone present will take away something from the event that will be useful in their own workplace.
We are keen for members to volunteer to lead the group discussions and feedback to the main session from their group. If you would like to volunteer for this in advance, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking for the event will be via an Eventbrite link that will be shared in the next few days. Please put the session in your diaries now!
As always, NAWRA events are open to members only. Find out about joining.
Our quarterly meetings are held around the country and include keynote speakers, workshops and a range of networking and professional development opportunities.
Our meeting in Stoke on Trent planned for 12 June 2020 will no longer take place at Staffordshire University. However, we are pleased to announce two online events.
- Friday 15 May 2020 a special COVID-19 NAWRA event online with two interactive workshops focusing on the current benefit changes, homeworking issues and dealing with new ways of working. Read the agenda.
- Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June 2020 ‘Stoke-on-Line’ – a virtual version of our planned conference with guest speakers, workshops, information exchange, pub quiz and yoga. Split over two days. More details here.
NAWRA meetings are only open to members. Find out more about joining NAWRA.
Housing Systems have put together an e-learning module on coronavirus and benefits.
This is freely available to everyone.
The team at Housing Systems hope you find it useful and would encourage you to share it with colleagues in other roles, such as housing workers or social workers, who might find it helpful too.
Our next conference will take place from 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am) on Friday 6 March 2020 at Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.
Our guest speakers will be Fran Bennett of Oxford University on recent research about universal credit and couples followed by Lisa Reese, a tribunal judge, on the role of representatives.
There will be participatory workshops on universal credit and mixed-age couples, conditionality and public law remedies, support for disabled people under universal credit, Oxfam’s sustainable lives approach and PIP for people with mental health conditions.
The conference will also serve as our AGM.
Read the full agenda.
NAWRA conferences are open to members only. Find out about joining.
The committee directs the policy and general management of the affairs of NAWRA. It consists of representatives from each of the English regions plus two from Wales, one from Scotland, one from Northern Ireland and one nominated by CPAG. This gives a total of 14 representatives. The committee meets at least three times a year, either in person a day before a main NAWRA conference or by conference call.
The representatives of the English regions and Wales must be elected every two years at our AGM. Our meeting in Swansea on 6 March 2020 acts as our AGM this year.
The regions are as follows:
- South East England
- North West England
- East of England
- West Midlands
- South West England
- Yorkshire and the Humber
- East Midlands
- North East England
- North Wales
- South Wales
If you work in one of these regions and would like to stand for election to the committee then please complete the nomination form and return it to email@example.com by midday on Monday 10 February 2020.
Do get in touch if you have any questions.