Conference Bursary Programme

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Conference Bursary Programme

The European Social Network is once again offering a bursary programme to cover the conference participation costs for a limited number of people using social services or with experience of care or social services.

Interested? Please read the information below and submit an expression of interest form.
Applications will be decided on a rolling basis, so apply early. The deadline for expressions of interest will close on 1 May 2023.

About the Conference Bursary Programme

The European Social Network (ESN) supports the active involvement of people using social services in its activities and with it, in the development of social welfare policy and practice.

The service user movement has brought important developments in social welfare planning and delivery and represents a shift in the way social service provision is shaped.

Person-centred services and co-production of services are important changes which place the people using social services at the forefront of service planning and delivery rather than merely being considered a ‘beneficiary’. It is therefore important that this shift is reflected in how we work as a network for social services in Europe by actively involving people using social services in ESN’s activities.

The European Social Services Conference 2023 bursary programme supports the participation of people using social services by giving them an opportunity to actively take part in high-level debates and discussions about social services issues, to learn from practices in other countries and to represent people using social services’ voices.

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST

  • The bursary programme is available for a limited number of candidates.
  • Candidates will be selected based on the strength and merits of their expression of interest form.
  • Candidates should have ‘lived experiences’– preferably in a professional or voluntary capacity – in areas such as service user advocacy, research, rights, best practice, service planning, social enterprise, etc. are eligible for the grant.

The bursary programme covers travel costs to Malmö (up to €300 per candidate), accommodation (2 nights per candidate) and the delegate fee only. It does not cover any care costs or extra travel/transfer costs.

The conference is fully accessible and run in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian and German).

The bursary programme is financed by the European Social Network and the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

INTERESTED IN APPLYING?

Complete the expression of interest form and return it to conference@esn-eu.org by 1 May 2023.

“Attending the conference has given me the opportunities to network amongst delegates and be part of an event that sets agendas that are close to my heart. For my own work in the UK, the opportunity to contribute to agendas was very valuable.  Thanks for asking me to be at the closing debate, which was something I hope my perspective added a dimension to.” Rich Amos, Trustee (Specialist Education and Social Care) / Physical Inclusion Network Gloucestershire (PING), UK


“It’s been great having the chance to listen to all the imaginative and innovative ways to improve services.” Rita Long, Service User & Researcher, Lancaster University, UK

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