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Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd

Local Area Coordination is a long-term evidence-based, capacity-building approach for working alongside people of all ages and backgrounds in our communities. It demonstrates strong multi-level outcomes and value for money when implemented with fidelity.

Local Area Coordinators work to increase the capacity and resilience of individuals, families, communities and service systems and to decrease the demand for and reliance on formal services and funding, wherever possible. Key Local Area Coordination outcomes include:

  • Living a rich and fulfilling life, supportive natural relationships, citizenship, contribution, and family resilience
  • More welcoming, inclusive, supportive and better resourced communities
  • Transformed service systems and more eective use of resources, where services have a stronger partnership with and connection to local people and communities and complement and support, rather than replace, informal and community solutions.

Local Area Coordinators work to help people find their own, informal and local solutions first and access to rationed formal services and funding is the last strategy on the list, not the first as is often the case with service systems around the world.

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Power & Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination

Available to buy now, the Centre for Welfare Reform has published the first ever book on Local Area Coordination - ‘Power and Connection’ by Eddie Bartnik and Ralph Broad, with contributions from Nick Sinclair, Al Etmanski, Michael Kendrick and international colleagues.

This book is the most significant publication on Local Area Coordination to date, outlining the details of its practical application and more than thirty years of experience and research on its positive impact across social care and health/mental health on the lives of citizens and communities. Find out more

Watch the book launch event here, chaired by Simon Duffy with contributions form Eddie Bartnik, Ralph Broad, Nick Sinclair and Sian Roderick.