23 October 2011 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1EE

This gathering is open to everyone who wants to take action to defend welfare. We are a claimant-led network – our response to welfare reforms is led by people who feel their effects the most – but the attacks on welfare will affect us all whether we are in work or may need welfare as parents, if we become unemployed, due to sickness or disability, or as pensioners.

We plan to run the day with lots of discussion and chances to share ideas and information in workshops and an open space session where we can set the agenda on the day. If you can offer a workshop or would like to propose something for the agenda, please get in touch.
Please help make the day happen:
  • Let us know you can make it!
  • The network does not have any funding, so if your group or union branch can make a contribution to the costs of the room or participants’ travel, please help raise funds for it. Groups and individuals may want to approach union branches or organise fundraisers to raise funds for your travel.
  • Let us know if you can help with food, childcare or facilitation on the day.
  • Forward this invite to anyone else you know who might be interested, post it on your blog or social media; mention it at meetings, and help spread the word!

Upcoming events

26 Apr 14

Russia is now the largest producer and exporter of Asbestos on the planet. A recent letter to the Russian Ambassador to the UK calling for the cessation of this deadly trade was ignored. Consequently the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK and the GMB Trade Union are calling for a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy to coincide with International Workers Memorial Day.

26 Apr 14

On Saturday 26th April, at 12 midday, we will be holding a protest outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

The protest will be pushing the government to hold a public inquiry into former MP Cyril Smith's sexual abuse of children. So far Nick Clegg has refused to hold any type of inquiry and David Cameron has not even commented.

29 Apr 14

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