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PowerUs is an international network of teachers and researchers from schools of social work and representatives from different service user organizations. PowerUs develops methods of mutual learning in order to change social work practice to be more effective in supporting the empowerment of marginalized and discriminated groups in society. Acknowledging direct experience as a valuable source of knowledge and involving service-users in education & research, provides social work-students with an understanding of the social issues that goes beyond the purely theoretical. It also empowers the service users too see that their experience-based knowledge is valued. PowerUs consists of partners from Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, Poland, Austria and Switzerland.

Recent Events

PowerUs were present at the SWSD 2018 in Dublin

& Canada, contributed to the conference

PowerUs-delegates from Holland, Sweden, the UK

More than 2000 social workers & educators attended the

SWSD 2018 - Many of them stopped by our table!

Academics & experts by experience held lectures &

seminars about service-user participation

in education and research

Expert by experience Catrin & Kerry of the SWSD 2018

organising committee led a seminar, resulting in a joint

statement which was presented at the closing ceremony

Jeffrey & Dave, take first price in the

We where proud to see our Dutch experts by experience,

SWSD 2018 poster competition!

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