Here at One Stop Social, we work to provide the best information and opportunities to all social workers and care professionals in the UK that we possibly can. This includes shining a spotlight on services we think people should be paying attention to, such as Bedspace. The support and accommodation providers have been operating since 1999 and have been going from strength to strength; expanding into new regions and developing relationships with the Home Office, Refugee Action, County and City Councils and Leaving Care and Supported Living organisations to name but a few. What is admirable though, is that despite their growth, they have remained true to their mission statement throughout the whole process. They work to “support our service users in moving towards sustainable independent living” and that focus on the individuals who need them is what has helped them be able to support 12000 vulnerable people since 1999. Social care requires rules, regulations and guidelines but these should never become more important than the people we all look to support. Bedspace recognise this, and match people to accommodation services in a customised way so that everyone is placed somewhere that suits them.
Bedspace’s services have not gone unnoticed either, and recently they were proud to be named the Best Vulnerable Support and Accommodation Provider (Northern England). As if that wasn’t recognition enough, they also won the GHP Excellence Award for Sustainable Independent Living (Northern England). Awards are by no means the main indicator of quality or success, but it’s undeniable that these acknowledgements indicate Bedspace are doing something right!
Bedspace and One Stop Social both believe in the value of collaboration in our sector, and have been working together for a while now, but we want to convert our extended One Stop Social community to the Bedspace fandom too. With this in mind, we had a chat with Chris Wareing and Nick Thornhill about the valuable work they do and to see the impact of these awards.
At its core, what does Bedspace hope to achieve in the social care sector?
“Bedspace hopes to become the leading leaving care provider in the country but also be flexible to provide quality support and accommodation to other vulnerable groups from all age groups”
How do you work to support vulnerable people in the most appropriate way?
“The most appropriate way to support vulnerable people is to be totally person centred one package does not suit all and each support package needs to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual.”
What does it mean to you both to be named the Best Vulnerable Support and Accommodation Provider for Northern England?
“This means a lot to us, it demonstrates that our teams deliver the best quality support and accommodation and we deliver exactly what we promise too.”
What are you most excited about for Bedspace over the next few months?
“We are extremely excited about our new Hull group living project opening and our expansion into the West Midlands.”
Is there a particular achievement or recognition you’re particularly proud of?
“We are not looking for recognition our success is measured by the number of young people we move on into long term sustainable accommodation who can contribute to the community in which they live, that’s what makes us proud.”
We’ve always been big fans of Bedspace and the brilliant way they support vulnerable people when they really need it, however their recent wave of growth and attention shows us that this is only just beginning. We look forward to seeing what great things Bedspace have in store for the social care sector, and we hope you all join us in supporting them.