Association of Community Workers

Scope and Content

Council minutes and papers, 1967-1973; annual general meetings, 1970-1984; annual reports, 1971-1988 (incomplete); publications including 'Talking Point', 1971-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Community Workers (ACW) was formally inaugurated in 1968 with the aim of bringing together people with a common interest in the development of community work as a professional disciple. The ACW Council, which oversaw the running of the Association, included a number of committees such as the Training Committee and the Constitutional Review Sub-committee. By 1971 the Association's membership had grown to more than two hundred and thirty. Among the ACW committees in 1978 were the following: Network Development Group; Publication Group; Editorial Group; Policy Group; Conference Group; Disputes and Employment Group. The Association depended on subscriptions for its income in addition to revenue from sales of publications.

Access Information

With the exception of one file, which has restricted access under the terms of the Data Protection Act for 75 years, this collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Dulcie Groves in April 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the archive of the British Association of Social Workers (MSS.378).