Press Release

Pioneering community scheme to support more people to lead a good life

27 February 2018

Neath Port Talbot Council has appointed two additional Local Area Coordinators to expand its pioneering community support scheme.

Andrew Jarrett (Director of Social Services, Health and Housing), Tammy Protheroe (Local Area Coordinator for Crynant, Seven Sisters, Onllwyn, Glynneath and Banwen), Jayne Coleman (Local Area Coordinator for Cwmafan, Bryn and Port Talbot town), Councillor Peter Richards (Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health), Sarah Waite (Local Area Coordination Manager).

The two additional Coordinators will cover the areas of Onllwyn, Seven Sisters, Crynant, Glynneath and Banwen, and the areas of Bryn, Cwmavon and Port Talbot town.

Local Area Coordinators help people to avoid reaching a crisis in their life or help people to recover if a crisis has already happened. The Coordinators work with people who need support due to their age, disability or mental health to build a vision for a good life.

Using local knowledge, the Coordinators work with people and their families to identify and access resources to help them stay strong. This could include working with groups, services and organisations such as local GPs, councillors, volunteer groups, housing officers, third sector organisations and businesses. The Coordinators also work closely with the Community Resource Team, a joint service between the Council and ABMU which helps people who need support to stay independent in their own homes.

Councillor Peter Richards, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:

“Local Area Coordination is one of our key priority programmes to help prevent, delay and reduce the demand for people needing costly social care and health services.

“Our Coordinators can help people to help themselves through using their wealth of local knowledge and connecting people to existing resources in the community. We want to work alongside people to increase their independence and personal resilience so they can lead the best life possible."

The support from a Local Area Coordinator is free; there are no assessments or referral process, and no time limits.

For more information about how to make contact with your Local Area Coordinator, visit www.npt.gov.uk/localareacoordination

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