We find that working in partnership with like-minded organisations, which have similar agendas, aims and aspirations to SLN, can bring about mutual benefits and help us to achieve even better results.
This section provides an overview of the organisations that play a key role in SLN’s work – either as a funder, partner and/or supporter.
Organisations who are interested in finding out more about getting involved with SLN should contact the team on 01274 385 470, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work of the Schools Linking Network (SLN) is funded by the Pears Foundation. SLN was originally established in 2007, with the support of the Pears Foundation and the former Department for Children, Schools and Families, to work with schools and local authorities in England in meeting the duty to contribute to community cohesion.
Since 2002, SLN has run successful linking projects in Bradford, which continue to be funded by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council in conjunction with the Department of Children’s Services.
SLN Unlocking Talent & Potential is a three-year national programme funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
In 2013 SLN received a donation from The Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust to support secondary school projects.
Through the SLN Unlocking Talent & Potential programme, we are working in partnership with The Accord Group, which is one of the largest housing and social care organisations in the midlands. Accord provide affordable housing, as well as health and social care, to 50,000 people and employ nearly 4,200.
Since 2008, when the SLN-Model United Nations programme was first established, SLN formed a partnership with the Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford. The department supported the first SLN-MUN conference, and we continue to work closely with them on various projects.
Since 2011 SLN has been working with partners at the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian & Conflict Institute (HCRI). The HCRI is supporting the SLN-MUN Stockport programme. Students and staff at the institute are helping to mentor SLN-MUN students.
SLN Resources are recommended by the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), the professional association for teachers delivering citizenship education in England. They are a membership organisation, supporting teachers and schools with resources, advice and information.
The City of Bradford YMCA is the lead partner for Culture Fusion, where SLN’s head office is located. The fantastic facilities at the Culture Fusion building provide a great space in which to train teachers, as well as amazing facilities for schoolchildren and young people to meet and enjoy learning together.
The Peace Museum is the only museum dedicated to peace in the UK. SLN works in partnership with the museum to develop “creative, collaborative and innovative projects” for young people. In the lead up to London 2012, the partnership created a programme to explore the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Routes to Peace is a season of events from March to June 2013 which will take place across the Bradford Metropolitan District and in schools; it will explore peacemakers in the past and those who still work for peace, locally, nationally and internationally. Routes to Peace involves a number of partner organisations – including SLN, community groups and individuals – working together to engage a wide range of people through an exciting programme of events. Events range from exhibitions, lectures and creative activities to peace education with a 21st-century slant and community celebrations.
3FF builds understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. SLN began working with 3FF in 2009 to promote linking between faith schools in London. Around 50 schools are involved in the 3FF Shared Future linking programme.
Think Global is a membership charity that works to educate and engage people about global issues. The organisation supports a range of national NGOs working in education, international development, environment and other fields. SLN works with Think Global to share support, resources, information, advice and ideas.
Go Givers is a project developed by the Citizenship Foundation and supported by Pears Foundation. The aims of the project are to develop caring, concerned citizens with the confidence and skills to make a difference to their communities, both local and global. SLN supports the work of Go Givers.
Young Lives Bradford works to empower the network of voluntary and community organisations to achieve better outcomes for children and young people in the Bradford District. As part of Bradford Community and Voluntary Service, the organisation is recognised by Bradford Council and Children’s Trust partners as the district’s coordinating body for the voluntary and community sector. SLN is a member of the organisation.
City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. SLN is working closely with the Bradford Sanctuary in Schools project, established in 2012 and part of the fast-growing, national development of Schools of Sanctuary.