Welcome to the Derbyshire Local Area Coordination page.
Local People Come Together to Find First Local Area Coordinators in Belper and Ripley
It was really exciting to meet up with local people from Belper (on 3rd November) and Ripley (on 4th November) to work together to find their first Local Area Coordinators.
There were great conversations, we shared what we know about our wonderful communities and started to share ideas for making them even better – it was also great fun.
Thank you to everyone involved.
What is Local Area Coordination?
Local Area Coordination is a long term, evidence based approach to supporting people with disabilities, mental health issues, older people and their families and carers to 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.
They 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.
What does a Local Area Coordinator Do?
Starting from the Start – Listening and Finding Out What’s Important
Coordinators help people to find their own local solutions, starting with a question about ‘what a good life looks like’. This question opens up a conversation that is very different to trying to fit people in with an existing service, which they may not actually want.
How Does it Work?
A Local Area Coordinator is based locally and is a single, accessible point of contact for people in their local community.
They will take time to listen and get to know individuals, families and communities well, over time – building a more personal, positive, trusting relationship.
They are a resource to anyone in the community for “light touch” information, advice or connections to local resources.
They will also support individuals (children and adults) and their families, who may benefit from longer term support, in a local area to1. local-area-coordination
- Understand and nurture their gifts, skills, experiences and needs
- Access accurate, relevant and timely information
- Build a positive vision and plan for the future
- Build and maintain valued, mutually supportive relationships
- Be part of, and actively contribute to, community life
- Be heard – self advocacy, advocating alongside people, advocating for people if no other options
- Find practical, non service solutions to issues and problems wherever possible
- Access, navigate and control supports and services, if these are required
Where is Local Area Coordination Working in Derbyshire?
Local Area Coordination is currently operating in the communities of
- Creswell, Whitwell, Hodthorpe and Belph
- South Normanton and Pinxton
Your Local Area Coordination Team
Marie Billyeald – Local Area Coordination Manager
email – Marie.Billyeald@derbyshire.gov.uk
Creswell, Whitwell, Hodthorpe & Belph
South Normanton and Pinxton
Local Area Coordination is Growing in Derbyshire
We are about to recruit the next 4 Local Area Coordinators, two each in Belper and Ripley in Southern Derbyshire.
How are they selected?
We work with local people, including disabled people, people with mental health issues, older people and the families/carers and the wider community, to find the right person – TOGETHER.
How can people get involved and contribute to this?
We would love to meet people in Belper and Ripley with passion for their community and who may be interested in helping us to find your first Local Area Coordinators or being involved in the future.
Contact Marie via Marie.Billyeald@derbyshire.gov.uk
Interested in Becoming a Local Area Coordinator?
We are recruiting the next four Local Area Coordinators, 2 in Belper and 2 in Ripley.
What sort of person becomes a Local Area Coordinator?
Local Area Coordinators need to be people who
- are recruited by their local community, in partnership with services
- take time to listen and get to know people
- understand it is a privilege to be invited into someone’s house
- focus on helping people to stay strong, be in control and feel more confident in the future
- value the gifts, skills and contribution of all citizens, including disabled people, people with mental
- health needs, older people and their families.
- have strong values about inclusion, communities and rights
- have a focus on local solutions, helping people, families and communities stay strong
Local Area Coordinators come from a wide range of backgrounds including…
- Community builders
- Social workers
- Health workers/professionals
- Youth work
- Social Care Workers
- Voluntary Sector
- Fire Officers