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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.


Local Area Coordinators:

  • are recruited by their local community, in partnership with services
  • value the skills and contribution of all citizens, including people living with disabilities and/or mental health issues, older people and their families
  • have strong values about inclusion, communities and rights
  • take time to listen and get to know people
  • understand it is a privilege to be invited into someone’s home
  • focus on helping people to stay strong, be in control and feel more confident in the future
  • have a focus on local solutions, helping people, families and communities stay strong and safe
    value relationships

Local Area Coordinators may come from a wide range of backgrounds including:

  • Community builders and development workers
  • Social workers
  • Health workers/professionals
  • Midwives
  • Health visitors 
  • School health nurses
  • Housing
  • Youth work
  • Education
  • Social Care Workers
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Fire Officers

If you are interested in becoming a Local Area Coordinator, please take a look at the full job description for this brand new role. The deadline to apply closes on 29 May 2018


Job description and application

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Last updated: 9 May 2018 | Last reviewed: 9 May 2018