Strategic Partnerships

There are a large number of strategic partnerships in Salford, with the majority coordinated by Salford City Council and falling under the auspices of the Salford City Partnership ‘family’.

Salford City Partnership brings together people from the public, private, voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors. We work closely together to ensure that all of Salford's citizens have an equal chance to thrive

The overarching purpose of the partnership:

  • Salford City Partnership will lead the development and coordination of joint strategies and activities in order to position Salford as a world class city.
  • The Partnership will ensure the best outcomes for the people of Salford by working together, sharing resources and reducing duplication.
  • This will be achieved through steering public services and ensuring the community has voice in strategic decision making.

The aims of the partnership include:

  • Building on the good practice that already exists in Salford
  • Focusing on a shared vision and priorities
  • Providing a space for partners to come together to discuss the important issues that affect the whole of the city
  • Resulting in actions that are measured against agreed outcomes
  • Helping to ensure there is better coordination and reduced fragmentation
  • Increasing efficiency and service improvement through reduced duplication and therefore costs
  • Involving and promoting joint delivery and resourcing
  • Improving community engagement and involvement
  • Providing a platform for better private sector involvement
  • Providing clear links with Greater Manchester and beyond
  • Supporting the City Mayor in carrying out his duties

Partnership priorities 2014 - 2016

The City Partner Group has agreed that the partnership should focus on a number of priorities and actions that members can make a real difference on. These will be:

Priority: Wellbeing


Priority: Growth


  • Maximising business growth and investment
  • Building our resilience

Priority: Social Value


Salford City Partnership structure:


In summer 2016, with the advent of a newly elected City Mayor and a further drive towards transformation of partnership structures as a result of both continued austerity and GM devolution, we are likely to see a radical overhaul of these partnerships, so watch this space…

In the meantime, the VCSE sector in Salford, via the VOCAL VCSE Forums, continues to have strategic representation on the following Salford strategic partnerships:

The VCSE sector in Salford have developed a number of VCSE forums to mirror most of the main Salford strategic cross-sectoral partnerships in order to ensure the VCSE sector’s voice and influence in arenas which are predominantly public sector (council, health, police and fire, education, etc). The wider purpose of the forums is to bring together voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford to develop strategic priorities and collaborative working in the following areas:

  • VCSE leaders
  • Community safety
  • Wellbeing, health and social care
  • Skills and work
  • Children, young people and families

These forums were all rebranded in early 2016 as VOCAL VCSE Forums.

Other strategic partnerships

Other strategic partnerships in the city that the VCSE sector plays a crucial leadership role in include:

Salford Social Enterprise City

Salford Social Value Alliance

Salford Dementia Action Alliance

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