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Empowerment has a long history of working with students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Lancaster University. We provide placements to student social workers completing a degree or masters in social work, offering short practice placements of 30 days or longer placements of 80 to 100 days.
We strive to create a valuable learning experience for students who have a placement with us and aim to offer and excellent, safe and supportive environment where there is plenty of opportunity to develop ideas, learn new skills and further your knowledge.
"My placement experience has been very positive. The working environment has been very accommodating for students with a wide range of learning opportunities and a varied service user group. The staff are friendly and supportive and I felt a valued member of the team."
Sian, University of Central Lancashire
What areas could I be working in? • Health and Social Care Advocacy
• Self Advocacy for people with learning disabilities
• The Den (Children's IDVA)
• Blackpool Dementia Support
Students will also have the opportunity to shadow alongside any of our services.
"Volunteering as a student for five months was an incredibly enriching experience - it is hard to believe just how much I have gained. I have consistently been given support, encouragement and professional feedback from colleagues and supervisors over the course of my placement here. It was an easy environment to learn and have fun in as I genuinely commend all of the wonderful work they do."
Bethany, International Student
What will my placement involve?
"I was given the opportunity to work on a one to one basis with a variety of services users and manage my own caseload. The support and supervision from the practice educators is excellent, along with the peer support sessions with fellow students. I have been able to work with a wide variety of service user groups as well as working alongside professionals allowing me to bring to life the theories and concepts I am learning in the classroom."
Chris, Lancaster University
Last updated: June 2014
If you require further information about a placement with us please send an email highlighting your interest in a social work placement along with your name and contact number.