About One Stop Social

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Our Team

Matt Hughes

Social Worker & Director

The Founder & Managing Director of One Stop Social is Matt Hughes. Matt has extensive experience working as a front-line Support Worker, Social Worker and Manager for Children’s Social Care and Youth Offending Teams, which dates back to over a decade. In that time, he has managed police officers, probation officers, social workers and support workers. Matt has assisted a number Local Authorities during and post Ofsted inspection to manage, ‘trouble-shoot’ and support social workers in their retention and development. Matt has led in specific areas of service delivery development – such as front-line working, criminal youth justice, court work and implementing safeguarding procedures. Specialisms include:

  • Development of best practice policies, guidance and procedures.

  • Development and implementation of safeguarding plans.

  • Development of best practice guidance for social workers and managers.

  • Managing difficult and complex cases.

  • Managing and supporting staff with performance related issues.

  • Specialist in social work interviews and recruitment.

  • ‘Trouble-shooting’ work related issues – whether procedural or individually related.

  • Managing business development.

  • Support Local Authorities in social worker recruitment, retention and development.

Matt is also a Huffington Post Contributor. He has also been interviewed by the national press, which includes The Telegraph, BuzzFeed and HuffPost on social work related matters and issues.

Neil Byers

Adult Social Care Lead

Neil Byers joined the One Stop Social team in January 2017. Neil previously worked with LWDP, which sadly closed after many years of supporting the Adult Social Care Sector to improve the quality of care delivered by staff to their clients.

The good news is that we have offered Neil the opportunity to join our team so that he can continue to help improve the care delivered across Lancashire in the way he did during 14 years with LWDP.

Matt had this to say about Neil:

“I am very excited and pleased that Neil has decided to join our team. I have worked with him in his previous role and know how highly regarded he is within the Adult Social Care Sector.

He shares the same passion for improving standards within the Social Care and Social Work Sector as we do here at One Stop Social. He has extensive experience in helping Care Providers with recruiting and in the retention of the right staff (which is a major issue for managers in this Sector). He will continue his work as a Relationships Manager and I am already seeing his input into developing the practices and services offered by One Stop Social.”

If you want Neil to come out and meet with you to discuss how you can access One Stop Social’s services, feel free to email him at neil.byers@onestopsocial.co.uk or alternatively you can contact him on 07377 712002, and we can arrange a visit.

Social Work & Care Professional Associates

We also have a number of social work and care professionals who are associates based across the UK. They range from specialist practitioners, practice educators and quality social care training providers.

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Elena Jones

Marketing, Communications and Event Executive

About us

I had the pleasure of being One Stop Social’s first ever intern, and have now joined the team on a full-time basis leading the Marketing & Communications Department and coordinating any events we organise. My work involves developing the One Stop Social brand across social media, our website, our e-news bulletins and then our first convention “Work and Care Together: Recruitment, Development & Innovation”. I try to make sure social workers and care professionals know about the service we offer and take on the feedback to make sure we’re providing the best information, service listings and development opportunities we can. 

In the office you will always find me with music blaring through my earphones as I enthusiastically type away blog posts, staring down social media statistics and organise our Communications Consultancy projects. As the Event Lead for Work and Care Together I’m the go-to person for stand information, ticket details or training & presentation schedules. 

I’m currently finishing my MSc in International Events Management at the University of Salford, and have a background in Marketing and Engagement (specifically Gamification). After an undergraduate degree in Management at Lancaster University I moved to Manchester; however, I am originally from much warmer climates! I am part Spanish and spent my childhood in the capital city of Madrid, with my parents, older sister and dog, Leo. I identify as Spanish at heart, cheering on their national team in every football World Cup and explaining to anyone who will listen just how captivating Madrid is as a city. And yes, it is better than Barcelona.

I’m a passionate list maker and my desk is usually covered in post-it notes, driven by my ambition to produce the best possible work I can and make sure I’ve covered every base in a project. As Marketing, Communications and Events Executive I hope to help One Stop Social become the ‘one stop shop’ for social work and care professionals across every stage of their career (studying, qualifying, furthering their skills, finding jobs and more). 

Panagiota Iosifidou

Financial Intern

My name is Panagiota and I am honored to be a part of One Stop Social team as a Financial Intern. I’m glad to have joined this family and start my career in a fast-developing company as I am currently studying toward an MSc degree in Banking and Finance at the University of Salford. Since graduating with a degree in Business Administration, I decided that Finance is my big love and Manchester was the city to chase my dreams. For me, it’s the place to live as it offers great job opportunities in all sectors while the cost of living remains quite low. I have to admit that I even enjoy the weather although I come from a Mediterranean background! I was born and raised in Greece and however  much I like it here, there are two things that are irreplaceable in my heart: Greek food and coffee! I’m obsessed with organising and getting things done. There is no way I won’t finish a task that I’ve started, and I’m always determined to bring the best possible result. Numbers are my language and I’m pleased that this internship gives me the opportunity to built upon my skills. Analysing finances and trying to determine ways of improvement for a growing and innovative company like One Stop Social is quite a challenge that will boost my career. I’m so excited to be a part of the team !

Shaira Abdullah

Information Systems and Project Management Intern

My name is Shaira and I’m delighted by the opportunity to be working for One Stop Social! I’m currently studying for my Masters in Information Systems at the University of Salford where I completed my BSc in Business and Management. Creating goals for myself and working toward them keeps me on my toes and makes my life muchmore interesting. When I am passionate about something, I go to extreme efforts to meet my passion. I love exploring the natural beauty of a new place which is why in my free time, I travel the world with my loved ones and explore various destinations. I’m passionate about Digital Innovation and look forward to the potential of what emerging technologies can offer in the upcoming future. With my background in Health and Social Care and Information Systems, I am excited to identify and implement digital growth for One Stop Social. A challenge I have always loved is problem solving, from completing puzzles at home through to managing more complex problems for projects at University – making this role perfect for me. Being a tea-drinker you’ll find me in the office drinking endless cups of tea to keep me going. I’m super impressed by the current growth of the business and can’t wait to work with the team to see what’s in store for the future!

Debora Barbosa

Digital Marketing Intern

Born in Brazil, I have been living in England since 2013 and just started with another great marketing adventure this time at One Stop Social. Also known as the new marketing intern my job is to make sure the company is looking great and that its social media accounts are constantly taken care of. I am also in charge of creating digital content to help spread awareness of One Stop Social’s mission, as far as we can! A final year Business student at Salford University, I truly enjoy working with marketing as it offers me the opportunity to always get creative! With my international background I feel like I add the final touch to the company and I look forward to learn a bunch of new things as I take on this internship. Hard working and outgoing, I love trying on new experiences and working with new people. By constantly working part time throughout my studies, I have learned to take on bit chunks of responsibility and work independently while at the same time developing team work skills. At One Stop Social, I have the perfect opportunity to learn more about my own job and about the social care industry. Looking forward for what the next few weeks will bring!

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