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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Independent Social Worker Partnership
Potton Kare Services
Centre for Adult Social Care: Advice, Information & Dispute Resolution (CASCAIDr)
National Careers Service
West Midlands Children’s Services
Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation (PACE)
Every Child Leaving Care Matters (ECLCM)
Kirwin Maclean Associates
Hays Social Care
Elder Live-In Care
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!
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!