We live in volatile times in which dramatically reduced investment has left public and social services weakened by years of austerity.
We live in a state where those engaged in research, teaching and learning about what it is to be a good public servant are increasingly undervalued.
The JUC was formed a hundred years ago during another time of national and international crisis.
Its purpose was to shape public services so that they could meet the needs of a post-war Britain.
Led by pioneering social reformers, it sought to set standards for the training and education of welfare professionals and to influence key public policies.
Now, as we face very different crises, whether we think of Brexit or of the weakening of public services, the questions the JUC set out to address are urgent once again.
This event is an opportunity for us to come together to discuss those challenges and what should be our responses, as individuals and as a society.
In that spirit, we are hosting an event in which everyone who wants to have a *voice can and we are committed to making it the place from where the future JUC begins.