Saffron and Simone have been out and about again ensuring that the voice of young people is heard. They were recently invited to be on the panel at a special screening of I, Daniel Blake, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and CELCIS.
Here’s Simone’s review of the event:
“The evening went down a storm, the room was full of social workers, social work students and various other professionals from the sector.
I, Daniel Blake was an eye-opening film about how the welfare system needs to change. So sad and scandalous that this film is a true reflection of our ‘civilised’, developed western society. This is the grim reality that so many care-experienced young people face.
We looked at why the Welfare State came about to help people not fall into absolute poverty, and how it has all changed, with sanctions making people worse off than they were before. Margaret Thatcher said she would turn the country round, and she did: backwards.
One of the most memorable quotes of the evening came from Kate Rocks, Social Work Scotland and East Renfrewshire Council: “Social worker students – don’t lose your humanity, as that is what makes you good and successful social workers.”
Since then, Simone has been working with students at University of Stirling on poverty and the use of food banks.