Welcome to the Birmingham Local Area Coordination page
What is Local Area Coordination?
Building on 30 years of national and international learning, Local Area Coordination is an integrated, evidence based approach to supporting people of all ages who may be facing complex life situations and their families/carers to:
- Build and pursue their personal vision for a good life.
- Stay strong/resilient, safe and connected as contributing citizens within their local communities.
- Build practical, sustainable, local, non-service solutions to problems wherever possible.
- Build more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities.
Therefore it is about:
- Strengthening individuals and families – choice, control, opportunities.
- Preventing or reducing demand for, or dependency on, costly services wherever possible.
- Building community capacity and resilience.
- Supporting service reform and integration, having high quality services as a valued back up to local solutions.
What does Local Area Coordination do?
Currently, finding help or someone to talk to can be difficult and support or services complicated to access and navigate.
As a local, accessible point of contact in the community, people can access Local Area Coordinators more easily. They will take time to get to know individuals, families and communities well, help to build resilience, natural connections and local, sustainable solutions to aspirations and challenges.
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.
They work alongside people and help things to be simpler, and for people to be in control, by:
- Supporting individuals (across age groups and service types) and their families – a whole person, whole family
- Focusing on strengths, aspirations and contribution – nurturing resilience, local solutions
- Combining a range of traditionally separate roles to provide a simple, single point of contact in the community – a focus on people, not labels
- Becoming the new “front end” of the service system – easy to access, not having to wait for crises/service responses
Local Area Coordination will support people:
- Who may be unknown to/ineligible for services to build their own, their family’s and community’s resilience and reduce the need for services whenever possible (capacity building)
- At risk of crisis or dependency of services to build resilience in their local communities through the development of networks and local solutions, therefore eliminating or reducing the need for formal services (prevention and demand reduction)
- Already dependent on services to build personal connections, community contribution, reducing reliance on formal services (reducing service dependency)
They support individuals and families to:
- Access information in a variety of ways that are useful
- Be heard, in control and make choices
- Identify their personal strengths, goals and needs
- Find practical (non-service) ways of doing the things they want or need to do – reduce demand
- Develop and use personal and local networks – reduce isolation
- Plan for the future
- Connect with, be part of and contribute to local community life
- Access support and services if required – services in the right place at the right time
They also work alongside the local community to:
- Understand, nurture and share the gifts, strengths and opportunities of the community
- Build partnerships for a more welcoming and inclusive community
- Build a positive vision and action for our communities
Local Area Coordination in Birmingham
The Birmingham City Council’s “Prevention First” vision is for all our citizens to lead healthy, happy, independent lives within their own homes and communities.
Local Area Coordination contributes to this vision and aspirations of the Care Act, as well as the NHS 5 Year Forward View.
Your Local Area Coordination Team
There are currently 2 coordinators in post within areas of the wards Boldmere and West Heath. There will be an additional 8 Coordinators to be added to the team over the next 6-12 months with the areas still being decided. Click on the links below to see the contact details of your Local Area Coordinator: