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Be A Book At University's Living Library

The University of Sheffield is holding another in its series of ‘Living Library’ events for its social work students and is looking for people with learning disabilities and/or autism with either particular life experiences or experiences of social work services to ‘become a book’ for the afternoon and share their story with a small group of about 5 or 6 social work students. The University holds several Living Libraries with different themes throughout the year and their social work students and people with experience of services who take part in them really enjoy them. If you’d like to volunteer to be a book read more about what it involves here .

Ali Hayward,Development Lead for People with Experience of Services at the Department of Sociological Studies says “ We’d love you to join us if you’re interested in sharing some of YOUR story about experiences of services. It doesn’t matter if it’s negative, positive or maybe a bit of both. We’re not looking for perfect stories, we’re looking for REAL stories. Good and bad experiences all help our student social workers learn about how to approach their work once they’ve qualified and how the way they work impacts on the lives of REAL people.”

The next Living Library is on the afternoon of of Wednesday 5th June 2019 from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. If you have autism or a learning disability and you’d like to volunteer for the Living Library please text or ring Ali on 07414 566 115 or email


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