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Zimbabweans in UK form Social Workers Association

07/08/2017 00:00:00
by Chris Mahove
Association founder Hilda Chehore

ZIMBABWEANS in the United Kingdom have formed a social workers association after realising that there was a gap in information between social services and members of the black, minority and ethnic (BME) community.

The Zimbabwe UK Social Workers Association, the brainchild of Founder and CEO, Hilda Chehore, seeks to raise awareness among Zimbabweans on the role of social workers in UK.

The association will hold its first outreach community event in Birmingham City on August 12 where they will discuss issues affecting the Zimbabwean community in the UK and also take the opportunity to meet experts in different areas like child protection, mental health, gang crime, parenting and how parents should engage social workers.

“Social workers from Zimbabwe strongly felt that their representation in social services and experiences gained so far can be a major contribution to their community when it comes to safeguarding both vulnerable children and families.

“There have been numerous incidents reported in UK press of domestic violence that led to loss of lives,” said Chehore.

She called upon the Zimbabwean Community in UK to come out in large numbers and support the event to prevent the escalation of situations that led to loss of lives.

Experts that include immigration solicitors, health professionals, mental health professionals, police and charity organizations were expected to speak on issues affecting the Zimbabwean community.

“Confidential opportunities will be given to those who want confidential support. There will be free HIV testing from Terence Higgins. Remember it starts with you,” said Chehore.

“Fostering companies like Five Rivers will be there to encourage Zimbabwean community to take step further and learn the importance of fostering children.”

She said student social workers and those pursuing ASYE will receive one to one support by senior practitioners attending the community event, adding that various voluntary organizations working to end domestic violence, HIV and AIDS (stigma and the spread) and mental health will display stalls to disseminate information.

Zimbabweans in UK play a key role in local services, contributing to efforts by the government to safeguard vulnerable children through their knowledge, skills and experiences.


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