Date: 
23 October 2011 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: 
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

3 Oct 14

Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn MP • national chair of Stop the War Coalition • Bruce Kent CND • Frances Beckett author • Lisa Jardine historian • Pat Devine radical economist • Hilary Tyrrell Oxfam • Pavel Seifter former Czech Ambassador to Britain • Danny Braverman actor


Message from Hetty Bower's daughters, Celia Bower and Margie Dolan, and her f

4 Oct 14
Come and discuss how we can both tackle climate change and improve our quality
of life. Part of the event will involve tours of cutting-edge eco-homes and
community-scale renewable energy technologies.

Main speakers:

- The case for urgent and radical carbon emission reductions
Dr Maria Sharmina, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of
Manchester

- How can we live well within natural limits?
4 Oct 14

Parliament has voted for the third Iraq War. The last two have brought almost unimaginable suffering to the people of Iraq and have helped to create the current chaos, driving the country to the brink of break up.

They claim this is a humanitarian operation to defeat Isis. In fact, Isis is backed by various middle east powers and a new aerial bombardment will not defeat it. It will however, kill innocents, further fragment the country and inflame violence.

8 Oct 14

oin us for a fantastic two day conference to debate some of the biggest issues of the day facing our food and farming systems. Chaired by Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith the conference will cover the politics of pollinators; a good life for our farmed animals; our broken food system and what politicians intend to do about it in the run up to the election; the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on the worldwide antibiotics crisis; and excitingly the first chance to hear and quiz Professor Carlo Leifert on the recent organic nutritional research.

9 Oct 14

Join us for a fantastic two day conference to debate some of the biggest issues of the day facing our food and farming systems. Chaired by Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith the conference will cover the politics of pollinators; a good life for our farmed animals; our broken food system and what politicians intend to do about it in the run up to the election; the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on the worldwide antibiotics crisis; and excitingly the first chance to hear and quiz Professor Carlo Leifert on the recent organic nutritional research.