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Working Together in Partnerships
Birmingham's Youth Service has a long tradition of successful partnership working to meet the needs of the city's young people .
Some projects happen in partnership with well-established organisations such as the Health Authority and schools. Other activities include working with newer organisations such as the Connexions Service and the Youth Offending Service.
The Youth Service has a longstanding partnership reflecting the belief that young people receive a better service through a more integrated and holistic approach which breaks down some of the pathways to appropriate support organisations.
The Voluntary and Community SectorThe Youth Service has worked in partnership with the voluntary and community sector in Birmingham over several generations to provide services to young people. A relationship of mutual dependency has been created and this will continue to be promoted to maximum effect.
The voluntary and community sector is made up of a wide range of diverse organisations working with young people and many value their independence in a way that does not lend itself easily to membership of an all embracing youth council approach. It is often able to work in key geographic locations and as representatives of particular religious, cultural and ethnic groups.
Health AuthoritiesThe partnership between the Youth Service and the health authority is long-standing. Currently, one of the key areas is working with the Birmingham Teen Pregnancy Partnership, to carry out work in areas such as advice on sexual health matters, parenting programmes with both young women and young men, sexual health and relationship education, general health matters and mental health projects.
Working closely with Social Care Services Birmingham Youth Service aims to increase the opportunities and support for young people in care to participate in leisure, culture and sporting activities.