Local area co-ordination is a way of supporting people with disabilities, mental ill health, older people and their families and carers. It aims to help them to live fulfilling lives, stay safe and be well connected with their local communities.
Workers called local area co-ordinators (LACs) can help you access and use services, get information and other support you need in your own local area. They can also work with you if you are at risk of becoming dependent on services or in danger of reaching a crisis situation. Local area co-ordinators can help you to build connections with other people, groups and community based services, helping you become more independent and part of your local community.
What local area co-ordinators do
LACs will find out what's important to you by listening to what you have to say.
Your LAC will start by asking you:
- What does a good life look like to you?
- What do you think will make your life better or more complete?
Then they will try and help you find your own ways to get the life you want. Local area co-ordination is different because it asks what you want, rather than trying to fit you into a service that already exists, which you might not actually want.
How local area co-ordination works
Your LAC is based in your community and will be a named person who you can contact and see locally.
Your LAC will:
- take time to get to know you and build a trusting relationship
- listen to your vision of a good life - what would make your life better and the steps needed to achieve this
- support you and your family and carers to get the information and advice you need
- help you to identify your strengths, skills and abilities
- help you become more resilient, connected and involved in your community
- support you to meet new people or reconnect with others you may have lost touch with
- help you to get your voice heard, for example, to speak to organisations and professionals
Role of local area co-ordination - COVID-19 Community Response Unit
Our local area co-ordination team are currently working within the Community Response Unit. Since 23 March 2020 our focus is to provide emergency food and prescriptions to those people with less than 48 hours provision. We also continue to support people living with complexity and challenges who need help during this time.
LACs have continued to support people that were allocated to before COVID-19.
The LAC resource has now been spread more thinly across Derbyshire, as follows:
- Amber Valley - Karen Eley, tel: 0797 395 4196
- Bolsover - Hazel Freeborn, tel: 0797 090 5593
- Chesterfield - Paula DeGirolamo, tel: 0797 090 6282
- Derbyshire Dales - James Rowland, tel: 0797 072 5015
- Erewash - Nicky Mount, tel: 07970 725018
- High Peak - Eddie Hatch, tel: 0797 137 3526
- North East Derbyshire - Mel Dorna, tel: 0777 397 1797
- South Derbyshire - Aariana Sohal, tel: 0781 199 5699
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to current COVID-19 guidance we are limiting our work to phone contact, text, email or Skype or similar. Face to face work will only be available for the most urgent and challenging situations.
If you require a conversation contact your local LAC or service manager Marie Billyeald email: email@example.com or tel: 0782 690 2291.