Social Work Action Network and Home Sweet Home

Hi all,

As you all must be aware, Home Sweet Home launched a superb action to highlight the serious inadequacy of the government response to the now out of control homelessness issue here in Ireland. Since it began it’s action, Home Sweet Home (HSH), which includes membership from Irish Housing Network (IHN), the Artists and Trade Unionists, and a huge number of volunteers, has provided a range of vital supports and services to residents of Apollo House, and through it’s partnership with the PeterMcVerryTrust also. HSH has also been providing support through it’s outreach service, to those who are forced to sleep rough in Dublin city, due to the continued lack of suitable and affordable housing options.

SWAN Ireland is a member of the IHN and some of our members have been busy volunteering with this action, or helping behind the scenes. If you have been involved with Apollo House in any way, we’d love to hear from you! Please email us at, or PM us on facebook as we’d love to hear about your experiences and try and liaise with you about Home Sweet Home and about any other future actions. We want to build the SWAN Ireland movement, so that we can ensure that the values of  partnership, empowerment and social justice are to the forefront of all care work.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Support for Appollo House!

Please see this post from the Irish Housing Network who are seeking support services for Appollo House. If you are able to help out in anyway please email Tonight someone with first aid training, CPR and/or someone who works in homeless or community services.

******** Call Out For Volunteers *************

We are contacting you to asking for support for direct action being taken in Dublin to tackle the homeless crisis.

Last night the Irish Housing Network supported Home Sweet Home in an action to intervene in the housing crisis and save lives. Apollo House, a building that has been left vacant for 6 years was opened to people who were otherwise sleeping rough on the streets.
The action was taken as a response to the deaths on our streets. The action was taken to ensure dignity for people left vulnerable and unsupported by government. The Irish Housing Network believes that this crisis is not about resources but about lack of political will to put the needs of the people above private interest.

There are 3 ways you can help

1) You can directly volunteer for this action, just fill out the form at the link here…/1FAIpQLSeTc-i82G8c_JCyQ…/viewform…

2) You can join any of the teams that will be there to support this action, these are admin, maintenance, security, support (physical and emotional), donation/supplies inside and media, artist group, finance, legal and outreach outside.. Please reply indicating the team you want to be in.

3) Finally If you can’t, for whatever reason, do any of these we would ask you/your group to publically support the action, by directly publically stating your support for direct action or using the action to raise any of the issues with the housing, homeless and accommodation crisis.

Please leave your, Name, number, email and which of 1,2,3 you can do.


Issue 3 Frontline hot off the net!

The latest edition of SWAN Ireland’s Frontline bulletin is now available to download from the following link  frontline-dec-2016-issue . In this exciting new edition we have excellent contributions from a number of other Networks and contributors from Ireland and abroad who champion issues of social justice! The bulletin deliberates over the continuing and embedded ‘care-less’ approach institutionalised within many of Ireland’s state systems and hears from those who are championing radical and critical responses to these injustices. We hear the views of the Care Leavers Ireland Network on what they see as essential to ensuring radical change to Ireland’s care system. The Irish Housing Network  suggest a collaborative approach in responding to the housing crisis and increasing homelessness, with a role for SWAN members in challenging housing injustice. We hear about the ongoing battles for recognition ( material) and respect from SPARK, as lone parent families continue to experience increased rates of poverty and injustice. We also hear about why it is essential that we keep on remembering those who tragically died in the CarrickMines fire, in the battle to ensure the rights of travellers are recognised in Ireland. And… much more.. go on, have a look and please, do get back to us with your views on any of the issues discussed within. We’d love to hear from you!

Rabble wants to hear from you about your experiences of labour activation programmes!!

Following the release of the emotionally charged  film I Daniel Blake, that offers a chilling insight into the devastating human impact of labour activation programmes in the UK, Rabble are interested to hear from anyone about their personal experiences of labour activation programmes in Ireland, such as Gateway or Tús. 

 If you have personal experience of these schemes, or if you are working with someone who has been attending such a programme, Rabble would really like to hear from you  (see link below) .

 These schemes are of huge concern as they represent another change to the relationship between the state and it’s citizen’s in terms of providing welfare, and for citizen well-being. In a recent article in the Village magazine ( Mary Murphy, from NUIM, outlined key concerns about the way these schemes are being operated by private companies, as has been happening in the UK, where they have had devastating consequences for the most vulnerable in society. What is more worrying is that the privisation of welfare services through these schemes is happening silently and without debate. This is why it is of great importance to have your voice heard. Please see the link below.

Thanks from SWAN Steering Committee



Link for Rabble:


A Guide to Radical Social Work

A Guide to Radical Social Work
by Vasilios Ioakimidis, Senior lecturer in social work, Durham University

“Inequality and poverty have a devastating effect on service users. Radical social work acknowledges this, and acts to achieve social change”.

Link to full article in the Guardian:

JUST PUBLISHED: “Frontline” – the Social Work Action Network Ireland Bulletin

The Social Work Action Network Ireland bulletin, “Frontline” has just been published. Issue 2, June 2016, is attached. Please read it and share far and wide. We would also love to hear from you about the articles you read and would also love to receive any of your articles for future editions! Our email is:

Thanks, from the Frontline Editorial Collective (FEC)

Frontline Issue 2 June 2016




Broken Bones are easier to fix than a Broken Heart

Last Quango in Halifax

The 5 Principles of the MCA are well applied by social workers because they chime with our professional values. The Principles instruct us to be anti-discriminatory, to enable self-determination and to respect non-conformity. And that’s just the first three Principles! Social workers everywhere apply them to gain consent before every bit of intervention.

That the Act has not been fully understood and implemented across health and social care was one of the findings of the Select Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny in 2014. It is now getting on for ten years since the Act came into force yet we are still talking about some professionals not understanding the Act or not being aware of it. This is not acceptable. We are talking about a person’s legal rights being ignored by public servants.

Sometimes it is not that a professional is unaware of MCA but that they want to achieve a particular outcome…

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