The OSS Store is now live – Discounted social work and care books and resources

We’re delighted to announce the launch our brand new One Stop Social Store, which will be the only discounted books and resources store for the social work and care community. With up to 30% discount on essential educational books and key resources, we’re providing the greatest range of industry recognised literature at the cheapest price. 

This is the first stage of lots of new things to come at One Stop Social and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Add your front-line service to our Social Care Directory for free!

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We are continuing to expand our social care directory database on a National level and we’re inviting all front-line social care service providers to join us. Whether 3rd sector, charity, voluntary, private or local council services, our social care directory is completely FREE to register and list.

All you need to do is register for a free ‘advertiser’ account via our sign-in/register page. Once your email has been validated, you’ll be able to list any service you offer under the ‘social care directory’ listing package. It takes five minutes and it’s a great cost effective way to help promote the fantastic services you offer.

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One Stop Social was created by Matt Hughes when he was managing a local Children’s Team. What he found was that front-line services and social care practitioners needed a better way to help improve referrals and communications, so that the right services could be found to help those in need of them. He understood that time is precious due to work pressures. As such, One Stop Social’s aims isto be a single point of access or ‘one stop shop’ where practitioners can search, find and refer to local social care services.

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For 3 years, we’ve been supporting the lives of thousands of UK social workers by assisting with interview skills, practice education, CPD sessions, legal training, access to relevant jobs and resources to build good practice. Our Work and Care Together events unite our community for innovative discussions and valuable training, continuing our mission to advocate good practice nationwide.

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Gearing up for World Social Work Day!

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To sum us up in 1 sentence is simple: we’re passionate about our social work community. We want to be there for practitioners and professionals across the UK, listen to your concerns and ambitions, and help advocate for the change that you need. Continuing in this mission, we’re travelling the country next week in honour of World Social Work Day (19th March!) to hear from as many of our social workers as we can manage in just a few days! While we prepare internally for a road trip celebrating good practice and getting to know front-line practitioners passionate about social work all around the UK, we wanted to let you know where we’ll be. Make sure to keep an eye out for us if we’ll be in your area and don’t hesitate to come by and ask any questions you may have about who we are and what we do!

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The whole sector will be discussing good practice, overall values and the future of social work next week, as World Social Work Day gives us a good push to reflect on where we’re at. As a result, it’s an excellent time for us to hear from our practitioners and see how you all feel about current social work policies.

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Our travels begin on Tuesday in Preston, when we return to our founder Matt Hughes’ “alma-mater”, University of Central Lancashire, for their Social Work Fair. It’s set to be a great day of sharing ideas about what developments are needed in social work and hearing from the future of front-line service in Lancashire. We love getting the chance to meet with the UCLan team and hearing how they’re working to create an outstanding next generation of practitioners. Plus, we might be able to get Matt to show us some of his old university haunts while we’re there…!

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On Wednesday though, we then divide and conquer. While some of us head off to the University of Hull for their event “Proud to be a Social Worker”, Matt Hughes sets up camp in Telford as part of our consultancy there. We’re working to support the development of good practice in the region with our Practice Education service, advising the team there and guiding students and NQSWs. Matt is a fountain of knowledge, so if you’re in Telford on Wednesday and have any nerves or questions about furthering your practice, he’d be happy to have a chat! Meanwhile, the rest of us will be finding what makes Hull practitioners proud to be in social work. We’ll have our now infamous banner with us, encouraging you all to write down “What does social work mean to me”! Start thinking of your answers now…

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The last on our “World Social Work Day”-Week Roadtrip is up to Geordie-country. We’ll be attending the North East Social Work Alliance’s Practice Education Conference on Friday 22nd March in Gateshead. We’re really excited for this stop in the One Stop Social tour next week because it gives us a chance to really connect with members of our community in the North East. This event is themed around “Innovation, creativity and partnership: exploring regional developments in Practice Education” so we can’t wait to see what the NESWA and their excellent guest speakers have in store for us!

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With all this to-ing and fro-ing, we’ll definitely be relying on endless tea and coffee next week, but our passion for social work and social workers will never waver. If you’re at any of the events we’re attending next week, please stop by and say hello! We want to hear from you about what social work means to you, why you chose this profession and what you want social work to look like! Plus you may be able to steal one of our lovely bright orange OSS bags!

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We believe in giving something back to the social work community. To this end we are working with a number of like-minded organisations to provide you with the tools to develop good practice across the UK. Most importantly, we believe that everyone’s voice matters. We want to build our social work collective on your ideas, and champion the causes that matter to you.

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We did it: One Stop Social takes on London!

After many months of effort, on Thursday 24th January we finally opened the doors for our first social work and care convention in London. With over 20 CPD workshops running throughout the day and the chance to network with some fantastic front-line services in our sector, this event had been a labour of love for our team and we were so excited to bring together everyone for a great day. And what a day it was!

From our very first attendee arriving just after 09:00 to fighting for the last slice of pizza at the ‘afterparty’, the London edition of Work and Care Together was an immense success. With 600 people through the door and around 100 or so representing different services in our exhibition, the convention was able to unite a substantial portion of the extended One Stop Social community for a great day of development and networking. Our workshops were absolutely packed with attendees who were engaging with the different topics enthusiastically and really making the most of the training available. It was very rewarding to see our practitioners discussing innovative ideas about how to move forward as a collective and ensure social work and care modernises with the times!

Social Worker & OSS Director Matt Hughes with Chief Social Worker (Adults) Lyn Romeo

Even just in the few days since the event took place, our team have had brilliant feedback from both partners and ticket-holders on the value they found and how they enjoyed the workshops we coordinated. The Twitter-verse was ablaze with #WorkCareTogether on the day and we’re continuing to receive positive messages about the benefits felt of being able to access such high-quality training and networking for free.

We’d like to take this moment to extend a massive thank you to all the services who came together and made this event possible. Every single exhibitor and presenter is a valued member of our social work community, and we were proud to have them involved. Having West Sussex County Council on board as our Main Partners gave our attendees the chance to hear about how they’re raising the bar for how local authorities support their practitioners with their #stepthisway programme. Our 3 Sponsors also each brought intellectual insight and creativity to the event, to inspire our attendees. Care Sourcer kept us in steady supply of donuts throughout the day, as well as providing a new perspective on saving social workers time when arranging care. Hays Social Care were able to give a realistic look at the recruitment and employment process for practitioners; and their debate on ‘Working Effectively in Times of Austerity’ was definitely thought provoking. Last, and definitely not least, the team from Elder Live in Care showcased how they’re able to match carers to people in need of at-home care in a person-centred way. They also had some of the most in-demand branded sweets of the day!

On a personal level, we were really pleased to have the opportunity to actively discuss our new social work membership with front-line practitioners and get feedback on the genuine usefulness of the rewards and discounts we offer. We’ve developed OSS Membership for you, our community, and so to be able to hear how pleased you are about the resource providers we’ve partnered with or the enthusiasm for the personal discounts available in our rewards platform… it makes all the effort worthwhile!

One Stop Social Membership

Bringing our Work and Care Together conventions to our social work community in the capital city was an incredibly important step for us. We’ve always worked to support practitioners nationally, and so being able to be present in London and connect with so many professionals in person reaffirmed our drive to help develop our “one stop shop” for the sector and we’re really proud of the discussions that were able to take place on Thursday. This will definitely not be the last Work and Care Together event, and while our next may take us back above the North-South divide again, we know we’ll be back in London in no time!  

If you were at Work and Care Together in London last week, then we want to hear from you! Let us know what you thought of the convention and where you think we could have done better. After all, these events are for you, so we want to make sure we’re providing the best platform for our community that we can.

Matt had this to say:

Well, what a fantastic day we had at our first Work & Care Convention in London! It was great to see, in all, over 700 practitioners in attendance. As most of you who’ve been following One Stop Social for a while know, I’ve been on a mission to promote the positive and excellent work social workers and care professionals do every single day. For me, this day epitomised the dedication our community has to supporting vulnerable people and developing good practice. I loved the chance to celebrate social work and care with everyone in London and look forward to seeing you all at our next Work and Care Together event!

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.

Our Work and Care Together Partners for London!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As the Christmas break edges closer it could be assumed that we’re all consumed with thoughts of mince pies, eggnog and presents; but in the case of the One Stop Social team, you’d be mistaken. The end of December for us doesn’t mean Christmas (well it does obviously, we’re not totally immune to festivity) but in actual fact, means we’re that one step closer to our first convention in London. On Thursday 24th January 2019 we’re going to be setting up shop at the Park Plaza Riverbank in central London for a day of networking, training and creative thinking. The second installation of our Work and Care Together events (and our first in the capital city) is centred around the theme of “Educate. Collaborate. Innovate.”, highlighting our drive to support our community with the latest ideas within social work and care.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3689″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]What’s making us even more excited in the countdown to this event, besides the insightful (free) CPD training workshops and presentations delivered by experts in their field, are the incredible partners who we’re working with for the exhibition at Work and Care Together. We’re committed to making the networking element of this event as equally engaging as the training sessions – and so with that in mind, we’ve got a great line-up for you. Forget Glastonbury or the World Cup Final: this will be the place to be if you’re as passionate about social work and care as we are.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]First up, we’ve got out Main Partners: West Sussex County Council. After examining the issues of recruitment and retention within the sector throughout our first Work and Care Together event in Manchester, we’re really excited to be working with West Sussex this time, as they’re showing an active drive to work on these problems with their new #StepThisWay programme. We’re sure they’ll have some great insight in London for our delegates, not just about the employability process, but how we can collectively develop social work processes positively as we move forward. Make sure you stop by their stand on 24th January 2019 and chat to their great team![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3649″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve also got a great team of sponsors for our second installation in our Work and Care Together series, as our team are keen to collaborate with different services o create a fun and interesting event for you, our community. Hays Social Care, the internationally recognised recruitment agency, are emphasising the “Educate” angle of the events theme by highlighting the importance of working on your skills throughout your career. They’ll also be delivering a presentation on “Working Effectively in Social Work”, which we’re sure will help guide practitioners through their career development. The “Innovate” aspect is handled by Care Sourcer, a start-up from Edinburgh who are working to revolutionise social care with their new care-matching service. Thanks to our recent investigative research with them on the delayed discharge rates within London, we’ve learnt about their determination to integrate technology within the sector, so you’ll not want to miss hearing from them! Our sponsor Elder embody the “Collaborate” theme for Work and Care Together, as leading care providers of live-in care, they recognise the importance of human connections and how the right partnerships can make a real difference in social care. They have service users at the heart of their work, a value we respect and empathise with. They’ll be hosting a breakfast workshop with complimentary coffee and pastries, which will no doubt be a great kick-off for the event![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our other exhibitors are equally exciting and we’re sure will bring some really interesting perspectives to our first London event. There’ll be a great mix of front-line services to shed light on various different aspects of social work and care, so make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to chat with the great teams working to support our social work and care community in the best way. These include:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

University of Kent Child Protection Centre 

Skills for Care

Research in Practice

Sugarman Education – Children’s Services Division

Potton Kare Services

Centre for Adult Social Care: Advice, Information & Dispute Resolution (CASCAIDr)

National Careers Service 

Edge Training

West Midlands Children’s Services

SPACE

Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation (PACE)

Every Child Leaving Care Matters (ECLCM)

Kirwin Maclean Associates 

Hays Social Care 

DoLSpro

Care Sourcer 

Creative Sparkworks 

Elder Live-In Care 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This is shaping out to be a really great day for practitioners, if we do say so ourselves, so book your free ticket today! This ticket will let you access the event as a whole, and then you can register your interest for any of the training or sessions you like with a member of the One Stop Social Team on the day![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Remember though that all OSS Members can pre-register for their chosen workshops, so if you’ve signed up to One Stop Social Membership, you get first dibs! Otherwise, it’s first come first served – so we’d suggest getting there early so that you don’t miss out on your favourite session![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Book Your Free Ticket Here” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.co.uk%2Fe%2Fwork-care-together-london-tickets-50065492235||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”One Stop Social Membership ” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”One Stop Social Membership ” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ossmembership.co.uk%2F||target:%20_blank|”]Do you want first access to our training workshops at Work and Care Together and other One Stop Social events; as well as a whole range of other benefits? Then join One Stops Social Membership for just £6.49/month!

By becoming a member of One Stop Social, you’ll get vastly discounted bespoke social work insurance packages, promo codes for social work books and e-books, and access to popular e-journals. We also recognise you’re more than just your practice, so part of the membership is a rewards platform where you can find special deals that can be cashed in at high-street retailers and restaurants, when booking holidays and even on your regular utilities.

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OSS Members October Lottery Winners Announced

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It’s been a month since we launch One Stop Social Membership, which means that the first lottery draw has now taken place! Each month, One Stop Social will select 2 members at random for cash prizes:

First prize = £200 

Second prize = £100

Any registered member could win, and there are absolutely no strings attached. If you are chosen as one of the winners, you get money. Simple as that!

October’s draw took place last week and the winners have now been contacted by email. If you’re one of the lucky winners, then why not share it on social media! Make sure to tag One Stop Social to help spread the word to our social work community about the rewards you receive with One Stop Social Membership!

Best of luck for November’s draw! — One Stop Social Team.

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One Stop Social Membership

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”“Supporting the Social Work Community“”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our ethos has always been to support the social work community. One Stop Social is a social worker-owned service, so we have social worker values and experiences to our core. We understand the sector and the people who make it great. With that in mind, we’ve been quietly working on a new service that we hope will show our gratitude to social workers across the UK: One Stop Social Membership.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We recognise that while the jobs social workers do are incredibly important, you are more than your practice. Therefore, we’ve put together a whole range of benefits and discounts to reward you as both a practitioner and as a person. As a One Stop Social Member you can enjoy up to 25% off social work books, access to e-journals, discounted social work insurance AND our rewards platform where you can find discounts for holidays, restaurants, retail, utilities and more![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One Stop Social Membership is available for just £6.49 a month and you can register today! All you need to do is fill in our registration form (found here) and we’ll authorise your account! It’s pretty simple really, so what’s holding you back? To help convince you, check out more details on One Stop Social Membership below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Books & E-Books

Books are a key part of a social workers career, whether throughout your education or during working life, our profession lends itself naturally to research and learning from others. So, we knew that any service that hoped to support the social work community had to allow easier access to books. We’re incredibly pleased to offer up to 25% off books and e-books from publishers Critical Publishing and Kirwin Maclean Associates; with author Neil Thompson offering Members 10% off all his books through various publishers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]E-Journals

As a part of the continuous learning process that defines social work, more and more our sector is turning to e-journals as a source of information. To aid with this personal development of the members of our community, we’ve secured access to a wide range of journals from SocINDEX with full text that you can access to learn about cases, theories and more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Social Work Insurance

Insurance is important. It’s an essential part of working as a social worker, but we believe it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg just to protect your practise. Therefore, we’ve teamed up with Caunce O’Hara to get Members 90% off bespoke social work insurance packages, tailored specifically to you and your job. This is set to save you hundreds of pounds a year and thankfully Caunce O’Hara de-jargon insurance, which makes the whole process a lot easier.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rewards & Discounts

Our rewards platform is just an extra way for us to say thank you to social workers for their hard work. We wanted to make sure that we were looking after social workers as a whole, and part of that bigger picture includes your personal lives. Social workers are human beings, who go to restaurants, shopping and on holiday; and One Stop Social Membership pays attention to that. The rewards platform offers discounts for holidays, travel, retail, utilities and more which on average could save you £1000 a year. Some of the current favourites in the office are the concierge service and the cashback offers – though we’re also all in love with up to 50% off holiday packages with Booking.com![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]These are the four main pillars of One Stop Social Membership, but becoming a Member offers you a whole range of additional benefits, including a free copy of our upcoming print magazine (“The OSS”), inclusion in a monthly lottery draw for cash prizes and access to a benevolent fund. All the details can be found at our brand-new website ( www.ossmembership.co.uk ) but feel free to get in touch and ask our team if you have any questions about One Stop Social Membership.  We’re here to support you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”” txt_align=”center” color=”grey” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Contact Us! ” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:mailto%3Acentral%40onestopsocial.co.uk|||”]We’re really proud of One Stop Social Membership and all we feel it offers to our social work community, but our work does not stop here! We’re constantly working to find new ways to show our gratitude to social workers for their hard work, and that expands into the membership. If you have any suggestions on areas where we could do more, then get in touch and let us know![/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Work and Care Together – London

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Work and Care Together is back!

After the success of our first convention in Manchester on 11th June 2018, we’re now coming to London! On Thursday 24th January 2019, One Stop Social will be hosting our first major event in the capital city to give social work and care professionals the chance to network and attend engaging training workshops. Based at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel (SE1 7TJ), the second edition of Work and Care Together will be themed around education, collaboration and innovation with 25 training sessions and 20 exhibitors reflecting these values. This convention will be an opportunity to bring together social workers, care professionals and anyone in our sector for a day of informed reflection on social work and care. In the heart of London – just down the Thames from Westminster – this convention will be a fun, engaging day of innovative thinking and professional development.

The exhibition at Work and Care Together (London) will bring together front-line services from across the country, with whom attendees can discuss potential recruitment opportunities, training courses or extended support for your practice. Our Manchester convention included recruitment agencies, universities, training providers, accommodation & support providers, a trade union and publishers to name but a few; so we hope to provide the same variety of exhibitors in London. If you’ve got a particular service or company you’d like to see represented at our second Work and Care Together convention, then get in touch with us and let us know! We want to make sure these events are as beneficial as possible for practitioners, so give us any advice/tips/guidance you have![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]We’re proud to announce that our Main Partner for this convention will be West Sussex County Council! We know this collaboration will help bring you a brilliant day of networking, professional development and innovation for the sector that we all care about so much! Make sure to get your ticket, so that you don’t miss out the chance to chat to West Sussex Council in January![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3422″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_hoverbox image=”3243″ primary_title=”” hover_title=”Register for a ticket! ” el_width=”60″]All tickets are completely free! Book yours on our eventbrite page, which you can find here.[/vc_hoverbox][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_hoverbox image=”3244″ primary_title=”” hover_title=”Book your stand!” el_width=”60″]If you’re interested in a stand at Work and Care Together in London, get in touch with One Stop Social today at: central@onestopsocial.co.uk[/vc_hoverbox][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tickets are 100% free and you can register for yours now! All you need to do is go to our eventbrite page and register for a “General Admission” ticket which will let you access the convention. If you want to attend any of the training workshops, you’ll need to come by the One Stop Social stand at the convention and book on there and then! It’s a first come first served basis to keep it as fair as possible, but places will fill up fast so make sure to get to the convention early if you’re extra keen on a particular session!

The workshops will be on a number of topics including the Mental Health Act and Signs of Safety; plus we’re going to have one room dedicated to employability skills to give guidance on CV Writing and Interview Skills. We’ll release a full schedule closer to the date, but these are definitely not to be missed!![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Announced Exhibitors:

  • West Sussex Council
  • Elder Live-In Care 
  • Richmond & Wandsworth Councils
  • Hays Social Care
  • Kent University
  • Skills for Care
  • Care Sourcer 
  • Kirwin Maclean Associates
  • Research in Practice
  • West Midlands Children’s Services 
  • Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
  • Independent Social Work Partnership
  • Edge Training
  • DoLSpro
  • Centre for Adult Social Care: Advice, Information & Dispute Resolution (CASCAIDr)
  • SPACE
  • Every Child Leaving Care Matters (ECLCM)
  • Potton Kare Services
  • National Careers Services 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Training Workshops include:

  • “Missing Vulnerable Adults & Children” by MP Ann Coffey
  • “Priorities For Model Social Work Practice” By Chief Social Worker Lyn Romeo
  • “Breathing, Playing, Laughing & Other Mindful ways to reduce stress” by Here and Now Training
  • “Working Effectively in Times of Austerity” by Hays Social Care
  • “Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines & Cuckooing and Post-18 issues” by SPACE.
  • “Working with the Mental Health Act” by Tristan Johnson, One Stop Social & DoLSPro
  • “Social Work & Social Media: We look at how the profession is responding to the challenges and opportunities due to social media.” by The Open University
  • “Health coaching for behaviour change” by Dr Penny Newman, NHS Innovation Fellow
  • ‘From Transmission to Transformation: how using coaching enabled children’s social workers to enhance their practice & fulfil their vocational aspirations during a time of organisational crisis & rupture.’ by Suzanne Triggs, Doctoral Researcher & Social Work Lecturer.
  • “Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Lifelong effect- recognising FASD” by Red Balloon
  • “Supporting mothers along the ‘four steps’ to sexual abuse prevention: key messages for social workers from a community approach to sexual abuse prevention” by NSPCC
  • “Storytelling – helping children and adults with additional communication needs to cope with change (covering introductions, routines, wishes and feelings).” by CT Solutions
  • “Talking about culture & diversity: increasing confidence in direct work” by Louise Jones PSW for Wandsworth
  • “Parents as Partners: Tackling Child Exploitation” by Parents Against Children Sexual Exploitation (PACE).
  • “Giving Evidence in the Court for Social Worker.” by The Open University
  • “Improve ‘Service User’ outcomes & well-being: Building your Social Work ‘Resilience’ in Practice.” by Turn Over A New Leaf
  • “NLP and Interview Skills: Offering tools & techniques to improve your chances or ‘winning’ at interview” by Turn Over A New Leaf
  • “Social Work England: An introduction to the new regulator for social work” by Social Work England
  • Employability Skills – application, cv writing and interview skills by Matt Hughes, One Stop Social.
  • “Coersive Control” by Research in Practice
  • “SHARE – New Model for Social Work” by Jo Finch
  • “Legal Developments Under the Care Act: Be empowered to do better at difficult conversations” by CASCAIDr
  • “Uber, Zoopla, Deliveroo: how lessons from tech giants can help social workers find adult care” by Danae Shell, CMO at Care Sourcer
  • “The Forces that will Keep more Patients are Home” by Elder Live-In Care

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We love promoting the collaborative nature of our industry so we’re offering you the chance to advertise your services in our event brochure!

Get in touch with the team today to find out more, either at central@onestopsocial.co.uk or on social media (@One_Stop_Social on Twitter or @onestopsocialcare on Facebook).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3242″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About One Stop Social

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You use us to find a job, you “react” to the resources we share on Facebook and maybe you even came to our first convention in Manchester a few weeks ago. Bit by bit you’re hearing more about One Stop Social – but how much do you really know about us and what we do?

A few years ago, social worker Matt Hughes thought the name “One Stop Social” had potential; and slowly the wheels started turning and ideas started forming. In July 2016, he started to work on One Stop Social full-time and develop his dream for a central hub of information within the social work and care community. His students and colleagues were facing a fragmented sector, making it difficult to find recruitment opportunities, learn about training days or contact front-line services. The company began as a pipe-dream, a “wouldn’t it be helpful if…” idea and then started snowballing when practitioners realised the value in a ‘one stop shop’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]So, what is it we actually do at One Stop Social? We aim to support social work and care professionals across every stage of their studies and work with the following tools at our disposal:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Jobs Board

We have listings from recruiters across the country, advertising vacancies at various levels of the social work or care career ladder. All our job ads are sector-specific and monitored carefully to make sure they’ve active. This makes sure they are relevant for all our registered candidates, who make up our CV Library Database.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Social Care Directory

It’s the place where you can find social work and care front-line services across the country. Simple as that. You can search for specific topics within the sector, such as addiction recovery services or charities to support parents. There’s a brief description, a link to the website and key contact details for practitioners to use.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Resources

We add more books, worksheets and guides all the time, to facilitate the studies or work of those in our sector. These are resources created by third-parties or by our own team, which we host on our website and share across our social media pages.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Training & Events

If you’re looking for information about upcoming training workshops or courses around the country, then head to One Stop Social! On our website you can book onto events and learn about the training that is provided by other companies in the sector.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Communications Consultancies

We believe that social work and care should be recognised as a sector that embraces the modern way of business. This means utilising all the communication tools to the best of their ability, so we offer bespoke communication consultancies to help support organisations in our sector. This has led to us being the communications lead for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy, read more here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Care Home Subscriptions

We want to support care homes in every way we can, so we’re created a subscription model which includes jobs listings, inclusion on our Social Care Directory, access to the CV Database and 25% off selected training courses, among other benefits.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our ethos is to be for social workers, by social workers. Our core leadership team is formed of professionals from the social work and care sector who have decades of experience. We know what it’s like to work against the constraints of the sector as we’ve experienced it first-hand, so we know what the major restrictions are. We work to tailor One Stop Social around what social workers and care professionals actually need. We’re always open to new suggestions, so if you have any ideas about how we could be doing better, then get in touch![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]