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.