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Do you work with people in Leeds who are marginalised and excluded because of their homelessness, mental ill-health, destitution, alcohol problems? Or because they are seeking asylum, been in prison, criminalised, or because they are people of colour?

David Oluwale, found dead in the River Aire in 1969, endured all of these troubles for most of his twenty years in Leeds.

Maybe you have had some of those experiences? Or you just want to campaign to make Leeds a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone?

If so, come to the all-day Symposium in the Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University, on Friday 17th April 2015. It’s free, thanks to generous support from the Centre for Applied Social Research at Leeds Beckett University. (Bring your own lunch, or use the cafeteria at the Rose Bowl.)

Registration is via EventBrite, here 

The Symposium will be

  • raising the voices of those who are excluded
  • improving existing partnerships and developing new ones
  • forming the basis for unified campaigning against marginalisation and exclusion in the city of Leeds
  • raising hope and promoting change
  • improving research in these fields and developing effective policy and practice.

The event will be punctuated by pop-up artists – the poets Ian Duhig and Sai Murray have so far booked in.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, will welcome everyone at the start of the day, and Tom Riordan LCC’s CEO all say a few words, but there will be no big speeches. The event will be driven by the interests of the participants. We’ll be facilitated to draw up action plans for further campaigning work.

The organising committee includes Remember Oluwale (DOMA), Centre for Applied Social Research (LBU), St George’s Crypt, Touchstone, Together for Peace and LASSN. Already people from the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and the York Street Health Practice are also involved.

Others are welcome to join. If you’d like further information, please contact the RememberOluwale secretary, Max Farrar maximfarrar@gmail.com

There are only 60 places so register NOW if you ‘d like to participate.

Please register with EventBrite here