Student Helene chosen as national social work ambassador

New College Durham student Helene Brown.
New College Durham student Helene Brown.
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A student at New College Durham has been chosen to be one of only five ambassadors to represent the social work industry nationally.

Helene Brown, a third year student at New College Durham, studying BA (Hons) Social Work, has been awarded the role of BASW (British Association of Social Workers) England Ambassador by the largest professional association for social work in the UK.

As well as being one of only five ambassadors throughout England, Helene is the only student to have been awarded this accolade.

Helene, 39, said: “I am very proud of this achievement. I am extremely committed to social work and service users and I feel this role will enable me to have a platform to further my knowledge, insight and commitment to the profession.

“As for New College Durham, I feel this reflects not only positively on the course as a whole, and its delivery, but it also evidences students are achieving a high standard.

“My insight, knowledge and perspective of social work has developed due to the staff at New College Durham who have been able to nurture and encourage my passion and learning.

“My newly-appointed role is down to my dedication but also the commitment of the college towards my development and journey to becoming a competent, confident student and subsequently, newly qualified social worker.”

The aim of the role is to champion, represent, assist and advocate on behalf of BASW England members.

Helene will serve in official duties, promote the social work profession and act as spokesperson in media inquiries and public arenas, promoting positive images of social work. Ambassadors hold the position for two years.

Vicky McLeod, curriculum manager for health and social care at New College Durham, said: “We are very proud of Helene’s accomplishment in becoming a BASW Ambassador. It reflects her dedication and commitment both as a student and as a soon-to-be qualified social worker to the profession.

“Helene is the only student who has been selected for the role as the others are all experienced and have been involved in BASW activities for a long period of time.”

Allan Orrick, BASW England Manager, said: “When BASW representatives met Helene at a conference she indicated that she clearly supported BASW and they also wanted to support her.”