This week NESWA has been running a ‘Get into Social Work’ programme in partnership with Teesside University. The aim is to target potential social work students from under-represented communities including disabled people, people from black & minority ethnic communities and men. We have three sessions running over the next three weeks and have over 30 participants. Each week we have information sessions, inspiration speakers and interactive activity sessions to encourage the potential students to think about social work as a future profession.
Juliette Oko (Senior Lecturer and Associate Teaching Fellow at Teesside University) ran an interactive, creative session to create ‘the ideal social worker’…..with amazing results.
During the session the students talked about the values & principles needed and the qualities required to be a social worker. They included: honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, being a good listener, being able to observe, warmth, being organised, having good communication skills, being vibrant & child-friendly and being happy!
…Having blue and green hair is obviously also essential!
We also heard from Amit Law, a Transitions Social Worker, who talked openly and honestly about his own journey into social work and about his current roles and responsibilities. He provided a thought provoking and humorous presentation and his own reflections on the challenges of the job.
Hopefully we will inspire another generation of fantastic people who see their future in social work.