Frequently asked questions


What does FREDA do?

FREDA works to promote race equality, human rights and social justice via a network of people committed to continual learning and collaborative knowledge development in the field of social work and wider health and social care.

Where does FREDA meet, for how long and how frequently?

FREDA meets at a venue at the University of Plymouth and the meetings are usually for two hours. We meet at least every other month during the academic year.

Who can attend and how can I join?

Anyone who is involved with social work, health and social care or practice learning development in the South West of England can join. This includes service users and carers, students, practice educators, academic teaching staff, practice supervisors and other practitioners. FREDA is an open forum/network.

To find out more or to join the FREDA network please contact

What are the core values of FREDA?

The core philosophy of FREDA is to encourage engagement in the learning debate to help us to understand the history of racism and other forms of discrimination, as well as the implications of this history for contemporary social work practice. Please see the Standards for the Promotion of Race Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice.

How does FREDA decide the topics for learning events?

We have discussions about this at the meetings. We try to select a topic that is contemporary and linked to legal/policy changes in the UK for which we are aware there are high levels of discrimination/oppression.

How can I make a donation or contribute to the group?

Please contact us at

How is FREDA funded?

We have no regular funding per se; however, we are supported by our partnership with the University of Plymouth, which provides rooms for us to meet in, conference rooms for events, one-off payments for refreshments at events and travel expenses for representatives from the Service User and Carer Consultative Group to attend FREDA meetings and events. The University of Plymouth also supports and hosts our website.

What does being a member of the FREDA core group entail?

Read FREDA's terms of reference (PDF).