Maggie Thompson, Principal of Bridge College, meets our visitors from Belarus. Yuri Shestakov and Olga Daminkevich are the deputy director and chief lecturer of the Institute in Minsk which provides training for social workers. They are keen to upgrade the qualifications of social workers in Belarus so they came to Stockport to look at many aspects of social work and the provision of services for people with disabilities. They had a wonderful visit thanks to Stockport Council, the Together Trust, Pure Innovations, Independent Options, Stockport Advocacy and lecturers at both Manchester Met and Manchester University. We will be organising an 80 hour training programme at their Institute this year. We are grateful to Miller Philanthropy who funded this visit.