Community Participation Network (CPN) Mayo Invite: Local Area Coordination briefing with key speaker Les Billingham, Head of Adult Services at Thurrock Council.
When: Friday 20 April 11.00am – 3pm
Where: CHANGE IN VENUE: Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 R253
To Register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org noting any specific dietary / access requirements.
Local Area Coordination is an innovative approach to supporting people with disabilities, mental health needs and older people (and their families/carers) to achieve their vision for a good life, to support people to be part of and contribute to their communities and to strengthen the capacity of communities to welcome and include people (Ref: Inclusive Neighbourhoods).
A Local Area Co-ordinator works with 50-60 individuals, their families and community, bringing together a range of roles into a single point of contact. The co-ordinator builds relationships with organisations and services and gets to know the strengths, skills and resources in the area. Support is built around existing strengths, ability and capacity in the individual, family and local community.
This event has been organised to support increased awareness of Local Area Coordination and discuss its delivery within the Mayo region. Ref: briefing paper developed by the National Disability Authority here.
Les Billingham, Assistant Director for Adult Social Care & Community Development at Thurrock Council in the UK is a Leader in successfully implementing Local Area Coordination at the individual, family and community level. See report on the impact of Local Area Coordination here and recent short blog on his experience here .