Often when a person feels alone, or in need of support or care, they would like simply to get help from within their own community, Local Area Coordinators work to make things simpler. Based in neighbourhoods across the city, they know the local people – those who need help, and those who can offer different types of help.
Local Area Coordinators don’t provide a formal social care or health service. Instead they ask people "what would make a good life for you?", and help them find how best to lead that life in their local community.
Help is offered to adults over the age of 18 or young people leaving care aged 16+. Currently we have Local Area Coordinators working in the Abbey, Alvaston, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Darley, Derwent, Mackworth, Normanton and Sinfin wards.
If you are unsure which Ward you live in, you can use the Find your councillor tool which uses your postcode to show the correct Ward.
It’s sometimes hard to know where to look when you want support. Our Local Area Coordinators take the time to get to know you, so they can learn what’s important to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure yourself. Our coordinators can help you identify and develop your strengths, skills, talents and abilities and find the solutions that are right for you.
This can involve helping you to:
In this video, we talk to Derek who got involved with us a few years ago; he had previously gone to a day centre for adults with disabilities, which unfortunately closed, leaving him feeling isolated, with little to do throughout the week. He was put in touch with Kathryn, the Local Area Coordinator for Boulton, and decided that he wanted to set up a coffee morning for his community.
Our Local Area Coordinators do not work City wide, they each cover a particular Ward (otherwise known as a Voting Area). If you are unsure which Ward you live in, you can use the Find your councillor tool which uses your postcode to show the correct Ward.
Darley ward leaflet
Derwent ward leaflet
Sarah Edmundson - Senior LAC
Alvaston ward leaflet
Mackworth ward leaflet
Arboretum ward leaflet
Normanton ward leaflet
Sinfin ward leaflet
Boulton ward leaflet
Chaddesden ward leaflet