Who we work with
The School of Social Science is committed to contributing to the educational, religious, cultural, social and economic life of Liverpool and the North West.
As part of this commitment, we have developed strong relationships and partnerships with organisations in our region, such as Liverpool Local Authority and Kensington Youth Centre. These partnerships also enhance our education programme and provide you with opportunities for work-based learning, placements and talks from guest lecturers. It also gives you unrivalled access to some of the best cultural experiences in the North West.
Currently, the School has a very strong partnership with Person Shaped Support (PSS), one of the largest and oldest voluntary sector organisations in Merseyside. PSS provide placements for social work students and volunteering and placement opportunities for students on our other degree programmes. PSS practitioners regularly come in to classes to talk to students about their projects and how they address a range of social, health and welfare issues in the field.
The School also has close links with the Social Work Action Network (SWAN). Professor Lavalette is the national coordinator and several other members of staff are involved. Each year, students are given the opportunity to attend the SWAN national conference where academics, practitioners, students and service users and carers cone together to meet and discuss relevant social work issues.
The School also has links with the following organisations;
Daisy Inclusive UK
Daisy Inclusive UK is a grassroots organisation based in Everton, Liverpool. The organisation is a registered charity and offers support to disabled people - across all age groups - in the local community. Daisy Inclusive UK facilitates accessible social and sports activities, and offers specific support surrounding disabled people’s access to education and employment. The organisation facilitates training programmes and workshops – which focus on issues relating to disability, access, inclusion and hate crime – for organisations, employers, schools and universities.
L’Arche Liverpool focuses on community growth and works with people who identify as having learning disabilities. A particular aspect of L’Arche Liverpool's work surrounds supporting individuals with learning disabilities in accessing quality housing and interdependent living. ‘The Ark’ is the hub of the organisation's community and members enjoy crafting, socialising and other interest-led activities. L’Arche Liverpool embraces four key elements: 'service, community, spirituality and outreach' and organises regular 'community gatherings, days of reflection, parties, retreats and pilgrimages'.
Bank View School
Bank View School - which is based in North Liverpool – is attended by students aged between 7-19 years, who are described as having complex learning difficulties. The school covers all aspects of the National Curriculum, as well as offering alternative curricular experiences that promote academic, emotional and pastoral support for students. The school follows primary, secondary and sixth-form models of education and, also, hosts a Wellbeing Hub. A focus on teamwork and building a community of mutual respect underpins Bank View School’s approach to education and inclusion
Rushton Futures is an adult day service, based in Liverpool, which facilitates person-centred support relating to education, care and community for people who are described as having complex needs. Members of the community enjoy taking part in a range of activities and projects, which are hosted within on-site facilities. The organisation fosters a meaningful and interdependent community through the values of care, collaboration and championing.
The Brain Charity
The Brain Charity provides support, social and practical services for people who identify as having a neurological condition, as well as their relatives, friends and/or support workers. Members of the community contribute to learning activities, courses, participate in support groups, and are able to access legal and advocacy services. The Brain Charity also has a community cafe based in Liverpool city centre where members work and, also, enjoy social activities. A small number of staff and volunteers work in The Walton Centre and provide support for people who have recently acquired neurological conditions.
DaDa Fest is a disability arts organisation based in Liverpool, which promotes disability and Deaf arts and culture. The organisation supports disabled people who are passionate about arts via their artist development programme. In order to facilitate disabled people’s access to the arts, DaDa Fest provides mentoring sessions with professional artists, flexible work placements and small grants are available to foster creative development. The organisation also facilitates weekly drama sessions and runs a Young Leaders programme for people aged 18+ who aim to influence decision-making processes in the creative industries.
People First Merseyside
People First Merseyside is a self-advocacy organisation - led for and by people with learning disabilities - that aims to ensure that the voices of people with a learning disability are heard, respected and valued. Members of the organisation direct a diverse range of projects - such as 'Dignity and Voices in Dying' (exploring different topics relating to end of life choices and death) and the 'Autism Advocacy Service' (which offers support to people who identify as autistic, via one-to-one meetings and group sessions, and facilitates autism awareness training for partner organisations).