Task 3.

a), b) and c)
Partnership working has many benefits. It allows you to have the opportunities to get different
views/opinions and to look at things from a different angle. Key principles are regular
communication, trust ,shared aims and outcomes, information sharing, shared resources, a stronger
leadership team and a stronger planning team with more ideas to throw around as well or more
organisation. In addition to this it is a huge benefit to join forces with other
companies/organisations to help with the effective running of things with others experience and
knowledge in their field also that you may know very little about but need their services for your
organisation can have a big impact on making a difference to your organisation and its progression.
It is important to any Youth Work organisation to work effectively with other organisations for the
benefit of the young people, for example I recently delivered a session at the Drop In of which some
of the young people were playing the Truth or Dare game but it became a concern when kissing
became a dare and ne young person told some others that they were playing Dirty Truth or Dare.
This I felt was the start of the need to bring in another organisation to be able to deliver a session or
part around sexual health. So after discussions with my colleagues/other workers in previous weeks
as a result of a few other concerns around this we agreed this was definitely a session we needed to
deliver, however none of us are experienced in this field so we are working in partnership with
another organisation for them to be able to deliver it. Having said all this there are key factors that
can deter effective partnership working in a youth work context such as being unclear of the aims
and objectives, being unclear of another organisations role to play a part in the Youth Work setting
and being unclear of their duties required , where and when. A difference in organisational policies
can also hinder.
Pros:- Cons:-
Back up Too many leaders
Support Disagreements
Wider selection/more variety of ideas Not being able to come to a decision
Other funding opportunities More volunteers than young people
Different ways of looking at things Different aims and goals
Connections
Experience in different fields

An example of supportive partnership working is myself, with Lesley who runs the Community
Centre and the Drop In and Pete who Runs the company that I am employed by to deliver Youth
Work at the Drop In. At the end of each session a report is submitted to both Lesley and Pete by
myself of how the session went and what is needed for the next/future sessions so we can plan
together equipment needed and resources. Lesley also informs me of any other parties wanting to
attend the Drop In such as companies like Family Focus, Young Peoples Advocacy and Tone Leisure
to see if they can offer their services or offer advice to the young people that attend the Drop In.
What can deter effective Partnership working is where other organisations can let you down at the
last minute or another organisation or partner has a different idea of where things are heading.
Another example of supportive partnership working is one of our volunteers also works at the school
that most of our young people attend and she already has quite a good raport with some and
therefore we often get a bigger picture of whats going on with some of the young people by finding
out whats happening with them outside the Drop In.