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Zimbabwe UK Social Workers Association/UK Social Workers Association CIC (ZUKSWA/UKSWA.CIC) was started in October 2015 due to personal experience of the founder. We were originally an organisation for social workers and Student social workers from Zimbabwe based in the UK. Due to success and public demand we opened our services to BME social workers and student social workers.

Zimbabwe UK Social Workers Association/UK Social Workers Association CIC (ZUKSWA/UKSWA CIC) is the UK’s professional membership organisation for BME social workers. We are growing daily through word of mouth due to satisfaction from services provided to members. We aim to be an independent voice of BME social workers and students and, in future, we would like to launch our own trade union. Research states BME social workers struggle to climb up the ladder and at workplaces. The same applies for BME students, some of them take longer to finish their course than their counterparts. We champion social work and help our members achieve the highest professional standards.

For BME students to have better placements and to work in partnership with other organisations and universities

Currently our subscription price is £2.50 per month (currently under review)

We are having a two day conference called 'I can Conference 2020' and our themes are 'Valuing Diversity' and 'Celebrating Difference'.

- Day 1 is to empower all professionals so that they will be culturally competent. There will be Food Tasting, and an African/Asian clothing showcase along with some very powerful speakers and some diverse music.

- Day 2 is for Social Workers and Student Social Workers, but it is open for anyone who wants to attend and learn more about the challenges and struggles that BME Social Workers and Student Social Workers are faced with.

We will have a variety of speakers covering many topics such as Inequality and Racial Bullying, The power of music, How a foreign accent can unfairly destroy your credibility, how to be an independent social worker and many more.



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