Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

Practice Development Bursary Scheme

GAPS sets aside a sum of £5,000 annually to support the practice development of our members.  Members may apply for bursaries to fund, for example, conference attendance, setting up a work discussion group, running a workshop, or other practice development opportunities. Applications are subject to the approval of the trustees, who will consider proposals supporting practice development consistent with therapeutic, systemic and/or relationship-based approaches.

NEWS – Extending this programme more widely in 2020 and beyond

Recognising that the current Covid-19 threat and restrictions has meant that there may be considerably fewer opportunities for practice development, in particular training events and conferences, GAPS will extend the scope of its bursary scheme.
In addition to supporting practice development, during 2020/21 GAPS would like to also encourage applications for funding (or part funding) for activities which inform social work practice generally. This might include activities which engage with service users or build community if a significant aim of the work is to inform practice.

What might you do?

Perhaps you have read about some examples of good practice in SCIE or BASW but  would need some funds to get it going locally?  Perhaps you have heard about some technology or spaces in another locality that could help reduce isolation in the communities you work with, but have no start up funds? Perhaps you are part of a group of volunteers who want to reach a community, but need funds to purchase PPE? You might be a group of social workers who need a facilitator or consultant to help you get a project off the ground.  Perhaps you want to run an event for social worker or specific communities, but need to buy in some admin & development time?  Perhaps you know a group who want to set up an advice line, but need support with broadband costs?

Get in touch

Whatever your ideas, if it is about social workers building relationships, and its consistent with our aims and values, we’d love to hear from you.  You can apply for a bursary using the form below.  Please get in contact if you would like to talk through any questions or concerns.

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