In light of recent events in the United States, and the worldwide response led by the Black Lives Matter movement, NAWRA wishes to affirm our hatred of racism and our commitment to ensuring that NAWRA is a fully inclusive organisation.
As a membership-led body, we are strongly committed to ensuring we represent all of our members. We strongly value the diversity of our membership and we make a commitment not to tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination.
However, we recognise that we cannot be complacent about racism within our own organisation and the wider inequalities within society. The NAWRA committee is looking at ways that we can improve. We are committed to ensuring that NAWRA is an inclusive organisation where members are free from discrimination, but we know we can do more.
We know that learning more about the inequalities faced by the Black community and reflecting on them, is crucial. We welcome all our members’ thoughts and ideas for where we can take positive action that helps us make a stand against racism more broadly and to challenge structural and institutional racism that perpetuates these injustices.
Full details are now available for our online conference next week. This takes place from 1pm on Thursday 11th June and concludes at 3pm on Friday 12th June. There are a range of sessions you can attend, including ‘formal’ conference sessions, a social evening and an online Yoga class! Something for everyone!
The event is only open to members – non-members can join NAWRA at www.nawra.org.uk/join
Members will receive a link to book tickets via Eventbrite.
Agenda for Stoke-on-Line.
With thanks to our sponsor, Advice Pro
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to our first online event on 15th May 2020. As promised, we are in the process of uploading the sessions to our YouTube channel and all sessions are now available!
The first session starts with a welcome from our Chair followed by a fantastic workshop on ‘Catching up with COVID-19 benefit changes‘ led by Tom Messere (Big Book of Benefits, NAWRA Committee). There is also a Q&A session included.
Part Two focuses on a workshop by Gareth Morgan (Ferret, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru, NAWRA committee) who takes us through examples of how the new rules and rates work after the April and COVID-19 changes, including how Universal Credit and legacy benefits compare and more detail on how the benefit cap can negate many of the increases.
Part Three features the lively information exchange, wonderfully handled by our Vice-Chair, Daphne Hall and featuring contributions from a range of members and committee representatives. the session ends with a live feedback session!
Slides and notes available in the members area.
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.