Why Choose Athena Social Work Services?

Efficient, Economic and Effective Services

Athena Social Work Services provides all social work and related services to the statutory, private and not-for-profit sectors. Athena’s fixed rates and payment by results service means commissioning organisations get guaranteed results at pre-agreed prices.

Our Workforce – Experienced, Competent, Evidence Based

Athena’s team of experienced and qualified practitioners is highly skilled in completing adult social care assessments, reviews and related tasks. Its management team has many years’ experience in both the provision of adult care services and in the completion of social work assessments and reviews. All practitioners promote independence and personalisation and work with individuals to achieve outcomes that improve quality of life and achieve Best Value for local authorities. Our staff have sound social work knowledge and values, integrity and a commitment to achieving outcomes and driving up standards of services being provided.


Athena has a strong ethical base and actively supports social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Athena is a carbon neutral company.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Athena again. You have been so thorough, completing an assessment of circumstances that was holistic and covered every angle of daily living. Staff were respectful and empathetic at all times, even on the occasions that difficult conversations were to be had, these were done with the utmost courtesy and in a way that the individuals concerned could truly comprehend the situation."

"You showed patience and understanding and gave us the confidence to proceed with challenging the local authority.The report was exceptionally detailed and thorough and, in our view, perfectly summed up what we felt about James’s situation"

"The service offered is professional and supportive and easily accessible. The staff are very approachable and knowledgeable which gives their clients confidence and reassurance. I would have no hesitation in using Athena social work services Ltd again."

"It is an absolute pleasure working with you, you have been extremely efficient, reliable and have gone the extra mile for us (particularly in that hectic run up to Christmas). We really appreciate all the effort you make in keeping communication and your work at such a high standard"

Our Team

Gordon Hastie Athena Social Work ServicesGordon Hastie is our director and he holds the BSc in Social Anthropology and Sociology and also holds the Master of Arts in Business and Public Sector Strategy and the Master of Arts in Social Work. Gordon Hastie has worked in the social care profession for the last 30 years.

“I started my career in social care during the 1980s and as a result I learned how to deliver creative low cost care services that met needs and which developed and improved over time. The pinnacle to this was developing a social work team that saved over two and a half million pounds for a local authority over an 18 month period whilst improving outcomes for adults with care and support needs.”

Those same principles underpin Athena SWS Ltd today.

Gordon Hastie has worked at every level within the care sector on both the provider and assessment sides from support worker to Team Manager.

Gordon Hastie has also travelled extensively and been involved in supporting and campaigning for both social and environmental issues. Voluntary work has been a large part of his life for many years and he still works over 10-15 days a year for various voluntary organisations unpaid. This gives Athena SWS Ltd its strong emphasis on social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

We have a number of experienced senior practitioners who hold excellent qualifications and experience in complex case management, and supervision of staff.  Our social workers receive training to ensure they work to the standard we require and that they hold values and knowledge that meets our expectations.  We have links with a number of local universities and we offer work to students studying at both BA and MA levels.  Our administrative support is vital in the smooth running of our projects and is an integral part of our working model.

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