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Local area coordination

Local Area Coordinators help people to find their own local solutions, starting with a question about ‘what a good life looks like’. This question will open up a positive conversation about what is important and finding a range of creative ways of making it happen.

Local Area Coordination is a long-term, evidence based approach to supporting people of all ages living with disabilities, mental health issues, those who are older and their families/carers in order to:

  • Build and pursue their personal vision for a good life
  • Stay strong, safe and connected as contributing citizens
  • Find practical solutions to problems wherever possible
  • Build more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities

Local Area Coordinators support individuals of all ages and their families – a whole of family approach; and focus on a good life, strengths, aspirations and contribution.

They support individuals and families to:

  •  Access information in a variety of ways that are helpful
  • Be heard, in control and make choices
  • Identify their personal strengths, goals and needs
  • Find practical ways of doing the things they want or need to do
  • Develop and use personal and local networks – friends, family, community
  • Build a positive vision and plan for the future
  • Connect with, be part of and contribute to local community life
  • Access, choose and control supports and services

They also work alongside the local community to:

  • Understand, nurture and share the strengths and opportunities of the community
  • Build partnerships for an even more welcoming and inclusive community
  • Build a positive vision and action with and alongside communities

A Local Area Coordinator is an accessible point of contact for people in their community.

They are available to anyone in the community for short term support, information, advice or connections to local resources.

They will also work alongside individuals and their families, who may benefit from longer term support.


We are about to recruit our first three Local Area Coordinators in Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury.

We work with local people, including people living with disabilities and/or mental health issues, older people and the families/carers and the wider community, to find the right person together.


We would love to meet people in Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury with a passion for their community and who may be interested in helping us to find our first Local Area Coordinators or being involved in other capacities in the future. If you'd like to get involved please contact Vicki Lofts.


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Last updated: 24 July 2018 | Last reviewed: 24 July 2018