Walter Hall Seminar 2024: Bringing together leading voices

02 February 2024

by Chris Kirby, Campaigns Manager, MHA


On Tuesday 6 February we’ll be holding our annual Walter Hall Seminar. The seminar series is named after MHA’s founder, the Revd Walter Hall, whose passion and determination led to the creation of MHA. 

The seminar is an opportunity to bring together leading voices, to reflect on where we’re at as a sector. This year the seminar will explore how social care is viewed by politicians and the general public as the UK enters a general election year.  

The keynote will be provided by Keiran Pedley, research director at Ipsos. Keiran is an expert on elections, political polling and public opinion, regularly contributing to major media outlets. He will provide insight into current public perceptions of the care system and how this compares to their opinions on other issues facing the country. 

Keiran will also join a panel discussion with Julia Mwaluke, vice president of UNISON and Abi Williams, home manager at MHA Hall Grange, to discuss their experience of care work and the challenges and opportunities that exist within the sector. 

This is a crucial time for the social care sector and our aim for the even is that it will: 

  • Provoke rich debate about the need to put care on the agenda at the General Election. 

  • Help the wider social care sector gain a greater understanding of public perceptions of care. 

  • Bring together sector experts and colleague voices. 

  • Share ideas and solutions for some of the big challenges facing the sector. 

The seminar will be the first key moment in a year where we’re determined to put social care on the political agenda and ensure the issues our residents, members and colleagues care about don’t get forgotten.  

As a national charity we speak up for older people and advocate for the incredible people who work around the clock to support them. We seek to influence policy and practice at a local, regional and national level on issues that impact people in later life such as loneliness, wellbeing, finance, housing, health & social care and workforce issues. 

As we approach the general election this year, we are acutely aware that social care isn’t featuring at the forefront of the political agenda. As part of our campaigning work, we want to use this event to understand some of the ways we could encourage that debate and increase awareness of the social care sector.  

Anyone interested in joining the seminar online is invited to register here for a free ticket. MHA also welcomes questions for the panel in advance of the event. Questions can be submitted here. 

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