On 19 April 2017, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there – and they are looking for people to get involved.
Drawing inspiration from the Jarrow marchers of 1936, and more recently the People’s March for the NHS in 2014 and a group of psychologists who Walked the Talk in 2015, the aim of the walkers will be to highlight the devastating impact of nine years of austerity. The walkers will be calling for an end to these policies of cuts and welfare reform, which are causing misery and hardship for so many, to be replaced by the investment that’s needed for a more socially just and caring society.
Others will be invited to join the group along the way: people who use and need social care and social work services, as well as social workers, other professionals and concerned citizens – to walk side by side. The group will visit food banks and social care provision under threat, and to hear accounts of how austerity has impacted on people’s lives. Also, the walkers will celebrate good practice in the face of austerity along the way.
Day 1: Birmingham to Wolverhampton
Day 2: Wolverhampton to Stafford
Day 3: Stafford to Stoke
Day 4: Stoke to Sandbach
Day 5: Sandbach to Northwich
Day 6: Northwich to Widnes
Day 7: Widnes to Liverpool
If you are on the route, and want the group to meet you, get in touch. Literally a social movement, the walkers will be passing through places with a proud industrial heritage, in the Midlands and North West of England, and will be calling for a future that this past deserves.
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