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NESWA Experts by Experience Conference 2019

Northern Design Centre


Valuing Involvement: Putting People at the Heart of Social Work

About the conference:

Booking is now closed

The conference is for anyone with experience or interest in social work and social work education. Please do come along and join us for the day!

This conference has been funded by the North East Social Work Alliance (NESWA) which has supported the development and work of the Experts by Experience Regional Group. This is a group of people who have experience of social work involvement in their lives and now use that experience to educate the future and current generation of social workers. They do this by sharing their stories, by talking to social workers and to students about what works for them and what doesn’t, by developing case studies, by interviewing prospective students, by helping faculty to develop their programmes and by many, many more activities besides…  At this important event you will have the chance to hear from a broad range of people about their experiences of being involved in social work education (as well as to find out how you can get involved yourself). We will also be discussing important messages for universities about involvement, with a particular focus on payments. The day has been designed to be as interactive and inclusive as possible. Please feel free to message the conference organiser (details below) if you have any queries.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information please email: Dr. Sarah Lonbay (

Conference Programme 

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Arrival and registration
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Welcome Talk: Steve O'Driscoll and Stewart Chappell
  • 10:45 – 11:25 Getting involved in social work education: Steve O’Driscoll
  • 11:25 – 11:35 Break 
  • 11:35 – 12:15 Key messages for educators: Ian Atkinson 
  • 12:15 – 13:15 Lunch 
  • 13:15 – 15:15 World Café Event*
  • 15:15 – 15:45 Mindfulness session: Sue Barrow
  • 15:45 – 16:00 Closing comments: Steve O'Driscoll and Sarah Lonbay

Booking is now closed

*World Café Event details:

An opportunity to hear about the following:

  • Benefits and the benefit system (Davy King)
  • WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plans (Cat Barrett)
  • Grandparents Plus (Ancha Stoodley and Sheila Weatheritt)
  • Five ways to wellbeing (Keith Connelly)
  • Launchpad and mental health (Steve O’Driscoll)
  • Sharing personal stories with students: A journey of depression and recovery (Julie White)

Event Details

Northern Design Centre
Abbotts Hill
Baltic Business Quarter


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