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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;

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Daisy Inclusive UK

Daisy Inclusive UK is a grassroots organisation based in Everton, Liverpool. The organisation is a registered charity company and offers support to disabled people – across all age groups - in the local community. Daisy Inclusive UK facilitates accessible social and sports activities and specific support regarding access to education and employment for disabled people is also available. Members of the organisation work with local schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to raise disability awareness, especially in relation to disability hate crime.

Website: https://daisyuk.com/

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L’Arche Liverpool

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'.

Website: https://www.larcheliverpool.org.uk/

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Sandfield Park School

Sandfield Park School works with children identified as having physical, medical, emotional and learning difficulties, across three sites: Sandfield Park School, Alder Hey Hospital School and Alder Hey Centre for Education. Sandfield Park School provides a formal educational curriculum, alongside a range of extra-curricular activities. Students attending Alder Hey Hospital School are also patients at Alder Hey hospital and those attending Alder Hey Centre for Education live in Liverpool and attend the centre based on medical reasons. The school enjoys working with outside agencies in order to develop and bring variety to students' educational experiences.

Website: http://www.sandfieldparkschool.com/sandfield-park-school.html

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Rushton Futures

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. 

Website: https://www.rushtonfutures.com/

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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 can enjoy learning activities, courses, participate in support groups, and access legal and advocacy services. The Brain Charity also has a community cafe based in Liverpool city centre where members can gain work experience and enjoy social activities. A small number of staff and volunteers also work in The Walton Centre, a NHS site, in order to provide support for people who have recently acquired neurological conditions.

Website: http://www.thebraincharity.org.uk/

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DaDa Fest

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.

Website: https://www.dadafest.co.uk/