Partnerships can provide a way through bureaucracy to a place where people can really be visionary. They can provide a laboratory for new ideas, a place where risk taking is acceptable and where alternative ways of working can be explored…’ (Bracey, 2007, p31)
It is recognised that the fostering of positive partnerships is integral to ensuring effective youth work and community practice. In this respect, the Youth and Community Team at York St John University work closely with a wide range of partners in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. This is an integral aspect of maximising opportunities for students in being able to offer a variety of work placements as well as supporting ongoing sector development through the hosting of regular ‘Community of Practice’ partnership events.
We continue to generate partnerships that contribute to academic, cultural and economic development in York and beyond whereby partners value the connection with the University as well as recognising the considerable contribution that our students can make to their organisations. Students contribute not only through the work they undertake, but value is also created through the interaction between theory and research that partnerships facilitate, offering greater opportunities for innovation and creativity.