Terry Patterson

We are extremely saddened to announce that our North-West rep, Terry Patterson, passed away just before Christmas.

Terry was one of the driving forces behind NAWRA. He was a friend, a father, a comrade and a bloody good welfare rights worker.

He will be remembered fondly and hugely missed by many members and by all of us on the NAWRA committee. Rest in peace Terry.

On Mon 8 Feb, there will be an online event for all who knew Terry to remember him and celebrate his Welfare Rights work. Since we can’t get together at this time, the event will give us an opportunity to share memories of him and his work . It is free, of course, but you need to book in. To see details and book in go to A Tribute to Terry Patterson.

Greater Manchester Welfare Rights Advisers (GMWRAG) have also offered a heartfelt tribute on their website which you might also like to read.

This was taken in Downing St in 2009, when Gordon Brown held a reception for advice workers and Terry and others from the LGA adviser’s group were invited to attend. (Thanks to Gary Vaux for the photo and accompanying text.)

Terry was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Benefits and Social Justice for many years. His colleagues have written Remembering Terry Patterson for the latest edition.



Notes from our Not-in-Norwich conference 3-4 Dec 2020

Thanks to everyone who came along to our NAWRA conference not-in-Norwich this week.

The slides from the speakers are now available in the members area of our website. Videos of the event are coming soon. Please send us your feedback about the event.

We have four conference dates booked in for 2021 so put them in your diaries now. If you’d like to present at a future meeting then do get in touch.

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NAWRA conference 3 & 4 December 2020

Our next NAWRA conference will take place on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 December 2020. We’re unable to visit Norwich as planned but all members are welcome to join us on Zoom.

The conference will include keynote speakers, presentations and workshops on a range of interesting and useful topics.

NAWRA conferences are an opportunity for you to share some knowledge and get feedback from members working in a diverse variety of advice settings.

Read the agenda. Booking information has been sent to NAWRA members by email.

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