What is partnership working?
Partnership working refers to a broad range of actions and can easily be defined as two or more groups coming together to achieve a common purpose. It is not necessarily a 50/50 division of power or financial responsibility but there is always some degree of spreading control or influence. (Community Change 2010)
Partnerships are often formed to address specific issues and may be short or long term. The key principles of partnership working are, openness, trust and honesty, agreed shared goals and values, and regular communication between partners.
“Partnerships are about recognising the value in each other“ (Dr Hugh Annett 2012)
S I Lichfield and District works with a range of partners to deliver projects which underpin our commitment to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Our current partners include:
- Pathway Project
- The Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime
- Staffordshire Police
- West Midlands Police
We exclude from our definition of Partnership Working those organisations to whom we simply make regular or ad hoc donations of money, time or materials. You can find out more about these groups here.