One Stop Social – Review of The Year 2018

2018 has
been a pivotal year for One Stop Social. We have turned the page from being a
fledgling organization, progressing to grow our core staff by 400%. 2018 has
seen One Stop Social truly become the voice of Social Work and Social Care in
the UK, as our reputation for representing the Social Work profession, as well
as providing excellent resources and training to support practitioners grows.
The following is an overview of our work and development in 2018:

Work & Care Together

In June, we held our first Social Work & Care Convention ‘Work and Care Together’, in Manchester. We had over 500 attendees, who engaged with the different training workshops and we showcased over 25 front-line services. We’re immensely proud of this first success. It went so well that we are doing it all over again, only this time in London! On Thursday 24th January 2019 we’re setting up shop in the Park Plaza Riverbank and bringing our digital hub for social work and care into the vibrant streets of London!

We are unbelievably excited about this and can’t wait for the big day. Hope to see you all there!

OSS Membership

One of our biggest developments from 2018 has got to be One Stop Social’s new membership scheme. In October, we launched our own Social Work & Care Membership, which is growing week by week and we can’t wait to see it grow more in 2019. The Membership is our way of offering support, development and showing our gratitude to social workers across the UK! We offer social workers up to 25% off of social work books, access thousands of e-journals, 90% off social work insurance packages, access to our rewards and discount portal and entry into our monthly lottery draw.

Employer Standards for Social Workers

Matt
Hughes (Director) is now involved in reviewing the employer standards for
social workers across England. This is being facilitated by the Local Government
Association (LGA) and features key partners within Social Work, including both
Chief Social Workers, Department for Education, Department for Health and
Social Care, BASW, Unison and the Open university. To have our directors
involved in such work is very exciting, and he will continue championing social
work and good practice throughout the process.

Internship Development Scheme

Our team
has been growing this year with help from our Internship Development Programme
with the University of Salford, which first began in February. From this we
have had 3 Post-Graduates who achieved 2 Merits and 1 Distinction. Our work has
also been boosted by a further cohort of undergraduate students from Salford
University who are all helping us support our sector to the best of our
abilities. Elena, our first intern, is now fully employed with us and her
energy and passion has added something extra to One Stop Social. We are all
very proud of them and we hope to continue this partnership throughout next
year.

Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA)

In March,
we began working with the GMSWA as the external communications lead, working on
their marketing and presence, so that more social workers could learn about the
great practice being facilitated. Since then, we’ve designed and developed
their website, and discovered a drive to boosting their brand awareness within
the social work community in Greater Manchester. Working with the teaching
partnership has allowed us to further our passion for improving communications
within the sector, an area which we’ve developed further this year by working
with great organisations like Bedspace and Care Sourcer. In 2019 we hope to
develop these existing partnerships and collaborate with more services as
passionate about social work and care as we are.

Social Work Connect

In June we began working in partnership with Siobhan Maclean and Kirwin Maclean Associates in helping them set up, promote and manage social work connect website. This is a subscription only website provides users with all the functionality of the social work theory app along with lots of additional new material such as ‘lunchtime learning’, ‘theory library’, ‘Critical Reflection & Analysis’, ‘SHARE Tools’ and the ‘Envelope Activity’. This has involved working with a number of services and Local Authorities throughout England and Wales. Find out more about the fantastic website here:

Staffordshire Adult’s Social Care Learning Academy

In October,
we started working with Staffordshire County Council (Adult’s Service) in
setting up, designing and creating their Adult’s Social Care Learning Academy. This
work will continue into the new year, though we’ve already helped with their
practice education service and social work apprenticeships. It’s been great to
be working directly with the team at Staffordshire to put the systems in place
for good practice.

Social Work & Care Training

This year
we’ve been keen to make sure we’re not just a digital company and to stay
connected to front-line practice, and so we’ve worked to run high quality
training for a number of partner organisations. We work closely with Hays
Social Care, to run training events for their locum staff on a variety of
specialist areas within social work and care. We also work with established
training providers to help improve the access to training for social workers
and care professionals across the country. We know skills development is a key
part of good practice, so we want to help facilitate this as much as possible.

Social Work & Care Jobs Board & CV Library

A core part
of One Stop Social has always been to aid the recruitment process within social
work and care. We recognise it’s not easy and want to do our part, which takes
the form of a Jobs Board with up to date listings, that are rolling every 30
days. We try to make sure the job adverts on our site are all current, so that
our community of professionals can make informed decisions for their future.

Practice Educator Service

This year we’ve further developed our consortium of practice
educators in England and Wales. We have some fantastic practitioners as part of
our extended One Stop Social team, who help support good practice and train the
future generations of social workers. In 2019 we will further develop this area
of service delivery.

New Offices in Central Manchester

In
December, we moved to our new offices based in Central Manchester. Working from
the heart of Manchester has given our team a real drive and is allowing us to
do more to improve our hub.

New Director

2018 has
brought lots of changes to our team, but we remain a front-line practitioner
led service. We have been joined by new Director, Tristan Johnson, who’s a
qualified Social Worker and AMHP. He is also keen to develop the ‘By Social
Workers, for Social Workers’ ethos of One Stop Social.

“I am very
pleased to join One Stop Social and further develop Matt Hughes vision for a
central hub for social workers and care professionals. The whole team works so
hard to support the social work and social care community, so I’m really
pleased to be able to contribute. With our new membership scheme and our Work
and Care Together events, 2018 has been a year of great change and progress for
us. We want to further develop One Stop Social as ‘the voice’ for Social Work
in the UK and I know 2019 has exciting things in store for our sector.”

We are
extremely looking forward to the New Year and can’t wait to grow even more! We hope
you all had a lovely holiday and wish you a very Happy New Year from the whole
One Stop Social Team.

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