DOZENS of people in Derbyshire are set to benefit from the County Council’s expansion of the Local Area Coordination (LAC) Scheme.
The scheme, which is up and running in two areas of Bolsover, assists people in the community who have disabilities, mental ill health or need extra support. Coordinators work with individuals to identify their talents and strengths, help them build up networks and support them in accessing services if and when required.
Despite the extremely challenging financial landscape facing Derbyshire County Council as a result of government cuts, local councillors are committed to supporting those who need it most.
Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “With more and more pressure being put on social care and health services it’s vital we do what we can to support people living in their own communities longer.
“Although this area is not a statutory service we want to keep the funding in place to ensure that residents get the support they need.
“LAC is about promoting independence and focussing on peoples strengths and helping them identify networks and activities in their area to improve mental health and wellbeing.”
There is no formal process for being referred to a local area coordinator, but if you would like more information about how to access the service you can contact your local Labour Councillor or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.