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New Town Culture Podcast 4

Radical Hospitality (Making it Easier to Engage)

First broadcast November 2021

Hospitality is not a word we often associate with social care practice but here we explore why being thoughtful about how we build relationships might have huge benefits to our work. We explore what a radical hospitality might involve. Creative practitioners working with groups of people are often good at engaging reluctant and even hostile participants. The same is true for staff working in social care. How do their approaches overlap?

Social worker Meghan Drennan and artists Aislinn Evans and Belinda Zhawi discuss why this way of working could be risky in mainstream social care but could also carry huge benefits.

New Town Culture is a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The podcast was created by artist Hannah Kemp-Welch.

Photograph of the Becontree Estate in East London.