Lemn Sissay joins Community Care in celebrating World Social Work Day

Lemm Sissay (credit: Slater King)

Renowned poet Lemn Sissay OBE will join Community Care Inform for an exclusive live webinar this month, to mark World Social Work Day 2022.

The event – ​​organized by Community Care Inform in partnership with the North East Senior Social Worker Network – will focus on transitions to and from care, and this year’s World Social Work Day theme “don’t leave no one behind”.

Trustee of the Foundling Museum and the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics, Lemn Sissay is an award-winning writer, performer and broadcaster. He grew up in care and has since become a care advocate for children, youth and experienced adults.

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Sissay will read excerpts from his powerful 2019 memoir, my name is why, before answering questions from the audience. The memoir is a reflection on identity and childhood, which chronicles her experiences growing up in foster care and children’s homes, as well as the first 18 years of her life.

In 2015, Sissay took legal action against the UK government over critical errors in the social care he received as a child. The government settled the case out of court in 2018.

Sissay received an MBE in 2014 and an OBE in 2021, for his services to literature and charity.

The webinar will take place on World Social Work Day, March 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. It is available to all Community Care Inform subscribers and can be replayed until the end of the year.

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