This is both an exciting and challenging time for Leicestershire social work. Unfair criticism of our work coupled with cuts to budgets in spite of the growing demands on our public services represents a multi layered attack on our profession. That said, social work leaders are now warming to working in partnership with BASW. We now have a real opportunity to promote better conditions for social workers to ensure that we can deliver an outstanding service for our clients. We therefore urgently need volunteers who are prepared to take a lead role in developing this new branch.