Two events in the next 48 hours.

Tonight – the 19th of April 2018
Sanctions, Support, & Service Leavers: First wave findings event
University of Salford, Media City, 5pm-8.30pm.

The campaigning Dr Lisa Scullion is lead member of this research project.

sign in for tonight’s event via eventbrite

Website for more info:
http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk

Tomorrow – the 20th of April 2018 at 18:00pm
Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice:

An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP, and Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward, and Joe Mensah-Dankwah.

Tickets can be obtained via Eventbrite but please note that there is a charge for this event, which takes place at the University of Law, just off Piccadilly Gardens: 2 New York St, Manchester M1 4HJ.

Everyone welcome: lawyers, campaigners, students, and everyone else interested in access to justice.

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The Equality Exhibition in Stockport.

This is an informative and inspiring exhibition organised by the UK Equality Council and hosted by Centric Community Projects is taking place at St James House on Wellington Road in Stockport.

There is a focus on how disability has been reflected in popular culture across the years, how disabilities can be mental as well as physical, and how science has advanced throughout the years to improve the lives of many affected by disabilities. There is also a great amount of content on race relations in the 21st century, and on how depictions of race in the media have changed over the past few decades. This exhibition also celebrates influential women such as political leaders, scientists and amazing women who have changed our world. There is also a great amount of content on race relations in the 21st century, and on how depictions of race in the media have changed over the past few decades.

The exhibition is free but tickets can be booked via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-equality-exhibition-tickets-42321134653. It opens on Monday the 29th of January 2018 and runs until Friday the 9th of February 2018, Monday to Friday between 12:00pm and 5:00pm.  

Quiz for a cause

It’s a little known fact, but in the unwritten history of quizzing in the North West, the GMWRAG quiz team looms like a quizzing colossus. The history of North Wales Football League teams? Check. The novels of Patrick JG Hill? Check. Anarcho-punk bands of the early ’80s? Yes please.

Perhaps you will have the chance to see these and more quizzing skills in action, at a fundraising event for Greater Manchester Law Centre and the Cheetham Hill Advice Centre.

It’s on Thursday the 27th of April 2017 from 6.30 pm at the Pie and Ale Beer Hall on Lever Street, in the heart of the Northern Quarter.

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite soon priced at £5 for those on a low income and £15 for everyone else – or you can just come along on the night and pay at the door. Your ticket price includes entry to the quiz (bring your own team or join a team on the night), some mezze-style snacks and some great entertainment including a raffle (tickets available on the night).

As an added bonus, it’s Happy Hour until 8pm, whatever that means.

Now, what were the two capital cities named after American presidents?

A new workshop: “Putting the security back into social security”.

This is one of eight workshops being held in different parts of the country, supported by the UK Social Policy Association.

The workshop is free but places are limited so registration is essential and can be done by following this EventBrite link. Turning up without a ticket is not an option. If you don’t have an EventBrite account it’s easy enough to create one and download the app to your phone or tablet. This will save you carrying paper round on the day and give you an electronic ticket. If that fries your brain then alternatively, print off the attachment to your EventBrite confirmation planet and pretend it didn’t contain one of those trite warning about thinking before you printed it off!

The workshop: takes place on Monday the 5th of  December 2016 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays M50 2HE.

Details: What practical, concrete steps can be taken to put the security back into social security – in the short to medium term (and if this includes additional costs, how can it be funded)? is the question this workshop will tackle. It is for anyone interested in answers to the workshop question: front-line advisers, anti-poverty campaigners, practitioners, people with expertise by experience, policy-makers and academics.
 
Background: The issue of social security is fundamental to social policy. The recasting of social security as problematic, and now toxic, ‘welfare’ – which fails to prevent hunger, never mind ensure security – is well documented. A recent report “Secure and Free: 5+ steps to make the desirable feasible.” found that on issues such as housing and early childhood education and care, there are many ideas available within civil society and much consensus. However, on the core issue of social security in relation to income, the same is not the case.
  
The aim of this workshop is to:

·         identify immediately available answers to the workshop question;
·         create a community of interest around this issue; and
·         plan next steps.

The workshop will be based on participatory approaches including small group work, consensus building activities and so on. It will be introduced by Michael Orton, author of Secure & Free, with co-hosts Lisa Scullion (University of Salford) and Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies).

This is an exciting opportunity to generate, and build consensus around, practical and positive ideas. As noted above, the workshop is free but places are limited and registration is essential by following this link.

If you can’t find the information on EventBrite (although you should be able to) please consider contacting michael.orton@warwick.ac.uk, directly. Michael is author of “Secure and Free: 5+ steps to make the desirable feasible.”

For more information about the Social Policy Association, its work and how to become a member, visit www.social-policy.org.uk.

All capital ‘W’ letters from the word “Workshop” have been removed this post because GMWRAG found it really annoying. This has involved great diligence from GMWRAG and we apologise if anyone thinks we should put them all back, but… NO! 🙂