We’re not sure we’ve mentioned this over the past few weeks but One Stop Social are organising our first ever convention. There have been one or two (or fifty) tweets about it and the marketing team are having too much fun finding gifs they can link to Work and Care Together.
We're slightly keen, to put it mildly.
With over 35 partner companies involved and at least 1000 people expected to attend, Work and Care Together will be a chance to bring together as much of social work and care to prompt discussions about the current issues we face. Plus we’re being extra nice and the whole event (training sessions, access to the exhibition and innovation presentations) is completely free!
It’ll be on Monday 11th June, with doors opening at 9:30am – for a full breakdown, check out the event card on our website! Before then though, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the companies who we are partnering with to bring you Work and Care Together: Recruitment, Development & Innovation in 2018.
Since its formation in 1999, Bedspace has accommodated and supported over 7000 vulnerable people in a variety of local communities. They offer a wide range of services that set the standard in meeting the needs of a diversity of organisations. Bedspace’s focus is on providing leading-edge care solutions in safe, secure, good quality housing.
Care and Community Ltd’s semi-independent living program offers residential accommodation to 16-18 year olds leaving the care system. During each young persons stay, they are committed to ensuring that each young person has a successful move-on and transition to fully independent living, working closely with leaving care team personal advisors and local authorities. To ensure this, Care and Community Ltd encourage and promote all aspects of life skills throughout their program to assist with this transition.
Critical Publishing are an award winning, independent publisher producing up-to-date resources which help students and practitioners in education and social work survive and thrive. They are determined to uncover the best authors, on key subjects, and working closely with them to develop books that are valued by Critical Publishing customers, particularly in helping to develop and apply critical thinking skills to their work.
As a stand out market leader Eden Brown Synergy brings over 25 years of experience as well as an in-depth understanding of the legislative and social issues that surround the sector – and the challenges and opportunities they present. With a client base that spans social services departments as well as private, non-statutory and voluntary organisations throughout the UK, Eden Brown Synergy has a long track record of placing qualified social workers and care professionals into a range of locum and permanent roles.
Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited was established by Siobhan Maclean in 1995 at which time her name was Siobhan Kirwin, hence the company name. Initially a social care and social work training consultancy, Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited is now one of the leading independent publishers in the social and health care and social work arena. Their materials have an excellent reputation as highly accessible and affordable.
On 10 February 1967 the Royal College of Advanced Technology became the University of Salford when Her Majesty the Queen handed over the Royal Charter. The University College Salford and the University of Salford finally merged into a single institution in 1996 – exactly 100 years after the formation of the original Royal Technical Institute. Today the University has a successful global presence and a turnover of £189m. Their 7 schools, 20,000 students and 2,500 staff have all grown to serve the needs of industry, commerce and education.
The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. They are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research. Their Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is also the largest supplier of healthcare graduates to the NHS in the north-west of England, producing highly-trained and skilled professionals who are increasingly sought-after by employers across the health industry.
DoLSpro Limited is a UK based company that starting in 2016 and offers specialist software solutions for Health and Social Care professionals responsible for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). DoLSpro’s award winning software is designed by professionals for professionals and aims to reduce the administrative burden of DoLS on Supervisory Bodies, Managing Authorities and Assessors, whilst increasing efficiency and reducing the associated risks of outstanding applications. DoLSpro’s core mission is to support Local Authorities overcome the DoLS backlog without ever compromising on person contact.
Excel Social Work and Therapeutic Services are an independent provider of Social Work & Therapeutic Services including cutting edge training, professional assessments and effective therapies for children, adults and families.
Sanctuary Social Care provides qualified social workers to social services and private organisations throughout the UK. Sanctuary’s extensive client list includes over 160 local authorities, key government bodies such as Cafcass, major charities including SSAFA and many private sector employers across the UK. Responsiveness and commitment to best practice has seen the company grow in stature and reputation, resulting in a clutch of industry awards, including the coveted Recruitment Agency of the Year and Best Public Sector Recruitment Agency at the Recruiter Awards for Excellence.
Care Afloat can offer you holistic provision from 4 weeks to 11 Years, from school age to independence. They promise flexibility, tenacity and consistency for all of your young people using our unique blend of facilities and child- centred practice. They have a no nonsense approach that is not afraid to balance appropriate attention with definitive boundaries.
Progress to Excellence Ltd is an Ofsted graded ‘good’ specialist health and social care training provider. They have over 20 years’ experience of delivering quality apprenticeship and commercial training throughout England. In addition to health and social care, they also offer qualifications in the likes of management, business administration and payroll to name just a few! Their suite of qualifications are delivered in numerous ways to suit our learners and employers, either within the workplace, online or via distance learning. There are also various funding routes available.
Harm-ed is a user-led, not-for-profit organisation specialising in offering high-quality, bespoke training courses on the issue of Self-Harm. They also deliver bespoke courses on Suicide and Mental Health Awareness. Whilst being based in the North West of England, they work all over the UK, including Northern Ireland. Their training leaves staff feeling confident and knowledgeable, equipped with up-to-date information, research and models of practice, along with practical strategies and resources that can be developed to meet the needs of any organisation.
Exceptional Care are a children’s home provider based in the Northwest of England. They work with children aged 8 to up to 17 years with complex needs. They believe that children spending time at Exceptional Care should find it an enjoyable experience, where the child can form positive attachments, giving them a sense of inner security, worth and adding to their emotional and physical well-being.
Daisy Bogg Consultancy Ltd (DBC) provides consultancy, training, practice development and review services for social work, social care, drug and alcohol and mental health services throughout England & Wales. The organisation’s central principle is the promotion of social approaches and social work values as a means of maximising the effectiveness of health and social care services.
… and lots more to be announced in the coming weeks…
The Managing Director of MiCarePlan, Shantelle Million will be presenting about their digitalised version of the legal, personal, and care planning documentation used everyday in care homes. Based in Newcastle, this company is already developing international relationships, so we’re sure their incorporation of technology and care is an idea worth hearing about!
Co-founders Christina Colmer McHugh and Jonathan Elvidge will be there to help us understand their new method for helping mental health issues. Moodbeam is a tool that log moods and visualises it, so that over time you, or someone you care about or for, can see how they’ve been feeling when they’re not with you.
CEO Lorena Puica and Communications Manager Mimi Corden-Lloyd will be teaching us all about their smart health assistant Syd and the iamYiam method to help clients select the best natural health experiences tailored precisely to who they are. We’re sure this will change our perspectives on our health completely!
With over 3 million registered online learners, Virtual College have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide for 22 years. Including technology in the way we learn across the whole industry could help social work and care become more accessible professions.
We’ll be hearing from Alexander Kenmure, Head of Business Development at Good Gym, who’ll encourage us all to “get fit, do good”. Good gym are helping those around them by organising runs that benefit the local community or help out older people. You can go on individual or group runs, all of which have a social purpose and give you a sense of fulfilment, beyond the benefits of exercise.