Thursday, 28 May 2015

Welfare Action Gathering - 30 May.

We are publishing below a recent briefing from Boycott Workfare:
Saturday 30th May, 10.30am-5.30pm (arrive from 10.15am for a cup of tea), London Welsh Centre (10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station)
"We’ve just added a couple more workshops – and now there’s a timetable as well!
We're really looking forward to seeing you at the Welfare Action Gathering this Saturday.  Here's a little more information about what's happening when on the day.  
And if you're free on Saturday but not sure whether you're coming or not, have a look at the programme, and maybe our website too, for longer descriptions of the workshops. 
p.s. If you're coming, it would be great if you could make sure you're at the Welsh Centre before 10.30!
Here's the programme:
10.00Tea / coffee / welcome 
10.30Opening session 

What will cuts and reforms to welfare and housing mean? How can we fight against them? We’ll hear from everyone about what the biggest challenges facing us at the moment are.  We’ll find out what all the different groups and individuals want to get out of the day.
To get a snapshot of who’s come along, each group will have 2 minutes to say who they are and what they do.  Hopefully this way, everyone will be able to make links with the people they especially want to speak to throughout the day. We’ll hear about successes that we might like to explore in more depth later. Everyone will be able to share the priorities and interests that bring them to the gathering, and say what they’d like to work together on and what issues they’d like to discuss.  
We’ll start using the materials around the room to record what people would like to discuss in the open space, to signpost others to useful resources, and to advertise upcoming dates for actions/events/workshops. 
We want this to be a day for making concrete links between groups and between people. We want there to be more effective collaboration by the end of it – not just another committee or a manifesto. And we hope these discussions can get going from the start.  
11.40Tea / coffee / snacks 
12.00Workshop session 1
Organising against workfare in your town or cityChallenging sanctions and mandationStaying strong: Supporting each other through the emotional impact of punitive welfare reformsKnowing your right to Access to Work support, before going on Work Placements (DPAC) 
1.20Lunch (provided, vegetarian and vegan friendly) 
2.20Workshop session 2
Universal Credit: time for welfare and housing campaigners to come togetherTaking on workfareTactics to resist and navigate the Work ProgrammeKeeping Volunteering Voluntary: workfare stops when there’s nowhere to send people (KVV)Title TBC (WinVisible)
3.40Tea / coffee / snacks 
4.00Open space session to make stuff happen!Workshop
This session is for organising and information sharing.  People can plan how the ideas for action from the workshops will happen; or spend time exploring important questions we’ve all brought to the day. People can move between discussions, and between discussion and the workshop. 
We’d like each discussion group to be able to feed back with information about: who to contact; what is going to happen; how can people get involved. 
Dealing with energy companies and energy debt (FPA)
5.00After today?
We’ll hear about the plans from the open space, who is taking them forward and how we can stay in touch beyond the day. We’ll maybe arrange dates or targets for UK-wide action and ways we can build capacity and share resources to support each other. 
5.30Finish and pub!
Join the Facebook event and invite others to come too!
Organised by Boycott Workfare with Haringey Solidarity Group, with workshops and contributions from other groups. 
Please let us know if you’d like to come, if you haven't already:
We can help with travel costs. If you are in a local group where people support each other and take action on welfare or housing (or plan to start one), we should be able to help with your travel costs. Please help by booking travel early and accessing other sources of funding if you can. Get in touchas soon as you can to sort travel costs out.
If you’d like access info please get in touch and let us know if there are ways we can help make the event accessible. We’ll make sure the venue is wheelchair accessible on the day, but unfortunately one workshop room is not.  If you’re a wheelchair user and would like to contact us in advance to let us know what workshops you’d like to attend, we’ll make sure they’re scheduled on the ground floor.  But either way, room allocations are flexible and will be decided on the day."

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