Sharing Our Stories: Making Visible Social Work’s Contribution to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Dear members of IASSW and friends of social work,
We hope you are all well, even if you are dealing with the unprecedented demands of COVID-19 on our families, friends, communities and service users. The corona virus has now penetrated virtually every country in the world and is making many new demands on our profession. Although physical international exchanges have been halted for the moment, IASSW will support everyone wishing to share their valuable experiences and unique social work practices from all corners of the world through its website. Social work educators, researchers, students, and practitioners are often the unsung heroes in any disaster. IASSW knows that many in our profession have worked tirelessly, often at great risk to themselves given the lack of protective clothing, to safeguard human well-being, children and older people in this corona virus pandemic. There are lessons to be shared from every country that has been affected, and IASSW can facilitate the collection of these stories so that we can share them and learn from each other. To this end, IASSW is inviting all those who would like to share their stories of the work they have done to support others survive COVID-19, and hopefully, ultimately to thrive to submit them for sharing through the IASSW website – you can write in your own language and provide an English translation to widen readership.
Please respond soon so that everyone can appreciate the valuable work you are doing. Through sharing we can support and encourage one another in mutual understanding as we come together to overcome the isolation and hardship imposed on humanity by the corona virus.
Stay safe and stay well!
Best wishes from IASSW