The third sector has increasingly become the key to effective partnership working in Scotland. Many vital health and wellbeing services – for both the public and private sectors – are now delivered by strategic partnerships with third sector organisations.

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At The Spark we consider partnership working to be essential in order to deliver on our core objective: making relationships work. Working with our counterparts in local government, national government and the private sector has facilitated an increase in the scope and reach of our services.

From delivery of relationship counselling across Scotland and relationship education projects in schools, to training within commercial firms The Spark is open for business with public and private organisations.

Partnership working on pilot programmes

During the development of The Spark’s ground-breaking Relationship First Aid training, we worked collaboratively with both Enable Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s Early Years team. Pilot programmes with both organisations helped to enhance and refine our Relationship First Aid programme.

This training has been delivered to over 40 organisations – public, private and third sector – including Glasgow City Council, Grampian Housing Association, City Building LLP and Quarriers. Over 630 participants have successfully completed the course in that time. Read more on Relationship First Aid training.

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Supporting couples with relationship problems is one of The Spark’s core objectives. The issue of debt can often be a significant source of relationship difficulties for couples. However providing effective support requires both relationship counselling and access to practical debt advice.

Recognising this need for a holistic approach The Spark established two significant partnerships with Money Advice Scotland and Scotcash. Partnership working with both organisations has created a comprehensive source of relationship support to couples affected by debt.

Relationship education programmes

The Spark’s dedicated Children and Young People team are primarily engaged in delivering relationship education programmes. Working with primary, secondary and post-education groups Scotland-wide the team has benefitted from partnership working with:

This work has helped educate often vulnerable young people in tackling emotional challenges that harm their personal development. The education programmes also tie in to the Scottish Government’s overarching objective of Raising Attainment for All and multiple outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence.

“We work with the community and support initiatives people need and want. The Spark’s work to support positive relationships makes a real difference. We are delighted with the feedback received from all the schools involved.” Eleanor McEwanCommunity Development Manager, Sanctuary in Scotland

Further changes in models of public health delivery are anticipated in the coming years at local, regional and national levels. Partnership working between the public, private and third sectors will be essential to maintain service levels and build a platform for developing them.


Partner with The Spark

Looking for a third sector partner to work with in terms of relationship and mental health training or youth education programmes? For an informal discussion about training please email our Workforce Development Team or telephone 0141 222 2166.

To discuss youth education programmes please email our Children and Young People Team or telephone 0141 222 2166.

Read more about Relationship First Aid training with The Spark.

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