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Author: Ralph Broad.This report outlines the progress made in implementing Local Area Coordination in England and Wales between 2012 and 2015. Early development sites are demonstrating significant improvements in the quality of people's lives while also providing savings to public services.

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People, Places, PossibilitiesPROGRESS ON LOCAL AREA COORDINATION IN ENGLAND AND WALESby Ralph BroadWith contributions from Eddie Bartnik, Brian Frisby, Les Billingham and Simon DufyPeople, Places, PossibilitiesPROGRESS ON LOCAL AREA COORDINATIONIN ENGLAND AND WALESby Ralph Broad With contributions from Eddie Bartnik, Brian Frisby, Les Billingham and Simon DufyPublished by The Centre for Welfare ReformIn association with Inclusive Neighbourhoods Limited the host of the Local Area Coordination NetworkPublishing InformationPeople, Places, Possibilities Ralph Broad 2015Figures 1, 2 and 4 Simon Dufy 2015Thanks to Jon Ralphs for providing graphical images for Figure 3 and Figure 5. Photos Inclusive Neighbourhoods 2015All rights reserved.First published August 2015No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.People, Places, Possibilities is published by The Centre for Welfare Reformwww.centreforwelfarereform.orgDesigned by Henry Iles: www.henryiles.com64 ppISBN download: 978-1-907790-71-3About the author and contributors:Ralph Broad is Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods and Director of the new Local Area Coordination Network Community Interest Company. He is leading the development of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales, including the development of the Local Area Coordination (LAC) Network. Prior to this, Ralph has worked in statutory services and non government organisations in Western Australia, Scotland and England. Eddie Bartnik has been involved in Local Area Coordination from its inception in the late 1980s right through to the present, and has been working with implementation in the UK since 1999, commencing with the national strategy in Scotland in early 2000. He is currently Strategic Adviser to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in Australia. Eddie is the rst Patron of the Local Area Coordination Network for England and Wales.Dr Simon Dufy is Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform. He led the development of self-directed support and Individual Budgets in England until 2009. He is currently working on sharing ideas that can transform the design of the welfare state into a fairer system that promotes citizenship, family and community.Brian Frisby is Director of Younger Adults and Housing, Derby City. He has led the full implementation of self-directed support across all customer groups in Derby, including the development of personal housing budgets within the Supporting People programme. He has been a passionate advocate of citizenship and self-determination for many years.Les Billingham is the Head of Adult Social Care Services in Thurrock Council. He has been leading on the development of Local Area Coordination as part of a wider reform of services and Building Positive Futures alongside citizens in Thurrock. Here, he reects on how to lead change and stay true. PrefaceThe report reects and celebrates the contribution and inspiration of many people over the past 3 years.Firstly, my sincere thanks to Eddie Bartnik (who originally led the design and development in Western Australia and supported subsequent national and international developments) for his ongoing support, ideas, challenge and friendship. We are very excited that Eddie is the rst Patron of the Local Area Coordination Network for England and Wales.The developments in emerging England and Wales areas could not have happened without the vision, drive, passion and commitment of local leaders to Local Area Coordination, citizenship and belief in the strength of local people. They are also building relationships and action to make change happen. Special thanks also to Les Billingham (Thurrock Council) and Brian Frisby (Derby City Council) for their contribution to this report, support and their ongoing support to colleagues in other areas. I have been hugely fortunate to work alongside amazing Local Area Coordinator Managers who lead the development of strong local programmes and inspire Local Area Coordinators to nurture leadership, inclusion and contribution in local communities:My thanks to Neil Woodhead (Derby City), Tania Sitch (Thurrock), Heather Rowell (Isle of Wight), Jane Tonks (Swansea), Stephen Watt (Sufolk), Paul Phillips (Cumbria) and Marie Billyeald (Derbyshire) for their work, knowledge and friendship. Together, they are keeping Local Area Coordination strong and relevant.Also thanks to Archie Rose, who originally developed Local Area Coordination in Stirling (Scotland), for his ongoing support, ideas and commitment to Local Area Coordination.Of course, we are immensely proud of the work of the growing family of Local Area Coordinators. You are doing wonderful work alongside local people and communities, sharing learning and nurturing opportunities to build real citizenship, contribution and local solutions.Finally, and most importantly, my thanks to local people, families and communities that have welcomed us into their lives and shared their stories, expertise and passion.A real privilege.Ralph BroadA REPORT FROM THE CENTRE FOR WELFARE REFORM IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCLUSIVE NEIGHBOURHOODS7Contents Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151. Turning the System Upside Down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172. The Local Area Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223. Themes and Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274. Impact and Outcomes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375. The Leadership Challenge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446. The Wider Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Afterword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54LOCAL AREA COORDINATION |PREFACEA REPORT FROM THE CENTRE FOR WELFARE REFORM IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCLUSIVE NEIGHBOURHOODS9 Forewordby Eddie Bartnik, Patron of the England and Wales Local Area Coordination NetworkThis is a good time to reect on our journey with Local Area Coordination. For me it started with writing the original concept paper back in 1986 in response to the desperate need to nd new ways of supporting people with disabilities, particularly in country areas, to build a good life, without having to leave their families and local communities. From the original pioneering West Australian Local Area Coordination site in Albany in 1988, Local Area Coordination is as strong today as ever across Western Australia, with full state-wide coverage since 2000. Western Australia provides the best long-term systems reform with data and evaluations spanning a 25 year period. Most importantly, Local Area Coordination in Western Australia has had the ongoing support of those who matter most people with disabilities and their families. It is by no means perfect but it does provide fundamental building blocks for a better overall system of support and continually demonstrates a high level of value for money.Local Area Coordination has now been implemented, with various degrees of consistency, across Australia and various locations in New Zealand, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. It has also progressively included people with mental health needs and older people, in addition to the original target group of people with disabilities.Successful implementation requires a high degree of delity to both the key design features of Local Area Coordination and also to the quality framework that ensures the integrity of implementation. In order to achieve its maximum impact, it also must be more than a project sitting on the edge of the social care and health system. As we get alongside and closer to people with disabilities, mental health needs, older people and their families and local communities, the rest of the system needs to adapt and change to better respond to their emerging aspirations and needs.LOCAL AREA COORDINATION | FOREWORD A REPORT FROM THE CENTRE FOR WELFARE REFORM IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCLUSIVE NEIGHBOURHOODS10System administrators can fall into the trap of setting up Local Area Coordination projects but not tackling the whole system reform that is so desperately needed. So, Local Area Coordination work demands both small scale local projects, person-by-person and community-by-community, but also a larger scale project - reforming the overall system and rebalancing power and resources closer to people and their families.Some 29 years later I nd myself still strongly connected to my roots and to the power and authenticity of the Local Area Coordination approach. In addition to my ongoing support of Local Area Coordination in the New Zealand national reforms and the New Model of Support, I am honoured to be the inaugural patron of the England and Wales Local Area Coordination Network and to support Ralph Broad and colleagues with their eforts towards efective implementation and evaluation across England and Wales.I am also working as Strategic Adviser to the NDIA in Australia, with a focus on Local Area Coordination, psychosocial disability/mental health and also information, linkages and capacity building strategies. Local Area Coordination is a core stafng strategy of the new NDIS in Australia, with trials operating in each state and territory and transition to full national implementation from July 2016.To give you an idea of scale, an estimated 410,000 people with disabilities (including psychosocial disability) will access individual funding packages and personal budgets under the scheme, with full choice and control built into national legislation. The fact that Local Area Coordination was foun