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New Local Area Co-ordination scheme will help residents access support within their communities

A new Local Area Co-ordination scheme is being launched in Waltham Forest to help people access the support they need to live good quality lives within their local communities.


The scheme will work with people with disabilities, mental health issues, older people and their families and carers, to help them live fulfilling lives and stay strong, safe and well connected with their local communities.


Local Area Co-ordinators will work proactively with individuals and their families, providing a single point of contact to help them access and use local information, resources, support and services they need locally. The scheme will also work with those at risk of crisis or dependence on services, to help them build new networks and local solutions within their local communities.


Cllr Angie Bean, Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: “I’m very pleased that we are going to be the first London borough to introduce Local Area Co-ordination as it has an excellent track record of delivering positive results for residents in other parts of the country. The scheme will provide valuable local support to those who need it, as well as their families and carers. We will be engaging with community groups and individuals across the borough in the coming months to ensure our scheme is a success.”


A number of places across England and Wales have already successfully introduced Local Area Co-ordination schemes, including Thurrock, Suffolk, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and the Isle of Wight. There is also a Local Area Co-ordination Network that supports local areas and shares learning and best practice from the existing schemes.


The Council will be recruiting four Local Area Co-ordinators who will be responsible for delivering the scheme locally, working closely with residents and community groups. The Co-ordinators will be based in the Grove Green, Larkswood, Wood Street and Cathall wards. Co-ordinators will have relevant experience of working alongside and supporting individuals with varying needs, strengths and abilities, and will themselves come from a range of backgrounds encompassing the voluntary, public and private sectors.


Anyone interested in applying for one of the roles or wanting to learn more about how to get involved is invited to attend an open day on Thursday 8 September at YMCA East London (642 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 3EF) from 12pm-3pm.


To register for the open day on 8 September, or to find out more about the Local Area Co-ordinator roles email localarea.coordination@walthamforest.gov.uk or visit www.lacnetwork.org/areas/waltham-forest/.


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