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Traffic Lights

The first snow of the season arrived as the last of the year’s leaves still clung to the nearly naked trees. Their golden yellow autumn hue finally giving way to brown. The blue skies of late September and early October were now hidden behind a thick covering of dark, murky grey.  As Jay, the social […]

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Why Social Work?

I have faced the question “why Social work?” from friends and family many times, because I had gotten up to a managerial level whilst working in a different field and they always believe that to be a sign of excellence and growth. Especially, because, studying again as a mature student can be very stressful and […]

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Strengths Approach means never having to ask someone what they’re good at

A blog by Tanya Moore @tanya_tavi Strengths practitioners focus on what people can do. This doesn’t mean we skirt over difficulties or risk. It doesn’t mean we ignore sorrows, challenges or pain. Strengths practitioners see the full picture and work with the reality and messiness of life. Strengths isn’t a naïve approach to practice, it’s […]

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Grief and the Healing Power of Music

I find myself in the rather weird position of having listened to three Genesis albums in the last week. I am not complaining, however they are not normally a band I would listen to. As a grown man and consenting adult it would appear I gave myself permission to exercise this rather ‘unwise’ choice. Autonomy […]

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I’m gonna get the vote

Alice Cooper’s ‘Elected’ is just great. Turn it up LOUD. Join in with the joy of a perfect rock anthem. It was released in 1972 in the run up to the US presidential election that saw Nixon become President. Ringo Star was present at the studio when it was recorded. It’s living history. The establishment […]

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Social Work and the Ambiguity of Hope

a blog in parts Love and Hope Part 1 – by @briantheroomie Just what makes that little old antThink he’ll move that rubber tree plantAnyone knows an ant, can’tMove a rubber tree plantBut he’s got high hopesHe’s got high hopesHe’s got high apple pieIn the sky hopes(Van Heusen, Khan 1959) When Sinatra sang these lines […]

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You can have it all – my Empire of Dirt

A guest blog by social worker @AdamPagett3 A friend of mine took his own life at the weekend, no one knew why, he went to bed the same as any other day seemingly happy and content with his lot. He woke in the morning and decided that was the day that he would end his […]

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Choose to Challenge

A guest blog from social worker @babs_fitz I came across an online article by Jenny Proudfoot (in Marie Claire magazine) which, I think, essentially captures the strength, influence, drive and determination of some of the influential and inspirational women over the last 100 years. Proudfoot rolls through the decades from the 1920’s to the 2020’s […]

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Who decides what’s ‘normal’

A blog by a student social worker @RShirtliffe Grab yourself a drink before getting into this, it’s not that long but the drink has a purpose… 2020 has been nothing short of a complete and utter write off for a lot of people, across the world not just here in Britain. However, there is a […]

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Falling in love with You

I saw her at lunchtime in the kitchen. She was working in the there as part of the new cookery course I think. There’s a few of them. They work in the kitchen some days and the rest of their time they are in the day centre in classes. She had a blue hairnet thing […]