Local Area Coordinators


 Local Area Coordinators are based in their communities and their role is to help people, who may be isolated or excluded due to disability, mental health needs,age/frailty, to re-connect with their communities.

How do they work?

Coordinators help people to find their own local solutions, starting with a question about 'what a good life looks like'. This question opens up a conversation that is very different to trying to fit people in with an existing service, which they may not actually want.

In exploring what the community solution might be, the Coordinators have made connections with a range of voluntary groups, some of whom have been re-invigorated by this connection. The Coordinators have also worked with people who want to make a contribution to their community and helped them find a way to do this.

Where someone does need a service, the Local Area Coordinator is able to co-ordinate a response which invariably crosses service and organisational boundaries.

Who is responsible for Local Area Coordination?

Local Area Coordination is supported by a partnership between:

  • Thurrock Council for Voluntary Service
  • Healthwatch
  • Thurrock Council’s Adult Social Care, Housing & Public Health teams
  • Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
  • North East London Foundation Trust (which provides community health services)
  • South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust (who provide services for people with mental health problems)
  • Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (who work with the Council to commission services to promote health and well-being).

How is Local Area Coordination working in Thurrock?

Thurrock introduced Local Area Coordination in July 2013 in three learning sites. Over 200 people have been supported, ranging from 27-94 years old.

Local Area Coordinators are now working in the following communities:

  • Grays Riverside
  • South Ockendon
  • Stanford-le-Hope
  • Purfleet
  • Stifford Clays, including Blackshots
  • Tilbury Riverside and St Chads (but not Thurrock Park)
  • Three more Local Area Coordinators will be supported to provide cover across Thurrock

Want to know more?

Anyone wanting to make contact with the Local Area Coordinator team should email localareacoordination@thurrock.gov.uk.