To celebrate International Refugee Day, The Open University invites you to attend an interactive workshop and discussion around “Mending the Gap”.
Mend the Gap is an exciting approach, developed by PowerUs, that helps people at the receiving end of statutory, voluntary and third sector social care organisations promote deeper understanding of their needs as refugees and asylum seekers.
This workshop will discuss the principles behind the approach and will lead you in discussions as to how it can be applied in your organisation. It will explore new ways of learning that can come from sharing experiences, knowledge and skills within professionals’ education.
PowerUs is an international network of teachers and researchers from schools of social work and representatives from different service user organisations. It develops methods of mutual learning in order to change social work practice to be more effective in supporting the empowerment of marginalized and discriminated groups in society.
The workshop will be delivered by Helen Casey, Staff Tutor for the Department of Social Work at the OU, who will discuss her gap-mending work with refugees and asylum seekers.
Refreshments will be provided.