Experts in evidence-based change
Matt and Shirley Bukowski established Social Care Strategies in 2005. Since then the company has supported dozens of councils, health commissioners and housing and support providers to achieve sustainable change. We help businesses to grow and services to develop.
Our focus is always on better personal outcomes for people who need support and better financial outcomes for the commissioners of that support. We always ensure that our programmes and projects are underpinned by hard evidence of what works. We bring together local authorities, specialist property developers, and housing and support providers to make change happen.
Specialised housing and support
Social Care Strategies is proud to work collaboratively with trusted partners who share our vision, values and objectives. Our partnership with HBV Supported Living enables us to offer councils the opportunity to develop housing and support as a genuine alternative to residential care. HBV is a specialist housing developer which brings all the expertise and financial resources required to deliver bespoke housing with no requirement for capital investment from the local authority.
Business case for change
The evidence in support of the financial and non-financial benefits of extra care housing is compelling. This evidence is summarised in our research paper Independent Lives. Click here to find out more. We always begin by talking to social care commissioners about the need for extra care housing in their area. We then create the business case for investment and development. In collaboration with our associates Rose Regeneration and Valuing Care Financial Management we have taken a unique approach to collating the evidence and information in support of a specific development. The business case gives commissioner, developer, operator and funder the confidence to commit to the development. Examples of our business cases can be found in the resources section below.
Business Development Consultant
Matt holds Masters degrees from Cambridge and Sheffield Universities. He studied English and Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Social Administration as a post-graduate at Sheffield. He qualified as a social worker before a long career in local government – firstly with Cambridgeshire County Council as practitioner and manager and then with Lincolnshire County Council where he served as Director of Social Services for ten years. Matt and Shirley Bukowski founded their company in 2005.
Matt’s CV can be downloaded here.
Co-founder and Director
Shirley is co-founder and joint director of Social Care Strategies. She is originally from Cheshire where she began her career in dentistry. Shirley moved into the sphere of social care in the 1980s. She is a highly experienced researcher, communicator and negotiator and brings all of these qualities to the day-to-day business of the company.