In many parts of the country, local councils are leading an approach called Local Area Coordination and have employed Local Area Coordinators to be based in their communities. Now Luton is doing the same, and we are seeking our first 3 Local Area Coordinators for the Hightown, Brammingham and Leagrave areas of our Town (one in each).
Local Area Coordination is a unique, community-based approach with a long and successful history behind it. Based on 10 principles, it started in Western Australia in the 1980s and has developed in other parts of the world since. In England and Wales the Councils leading this approach come together to form the Local Area Coordination Network which is hosted by Community Catalysts. You can find everything there is to know about Local Area Coordination here www.lacnetwork.org
About the job
Salary: £23,541 - £25,991
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Our department are looking for someone to build meaningful relationships and connections with people, families and carers of all ages and across all service types, offering them advice, information, and connections in their local community.
This role will include supporting individuals and their families / carers to lead and contribute to the ongoing development of Local Area Coordination, including the monitoring of quality and outcomes (Co productive approaches).
You will be expected to share stories with, and report regularly to a dedicated Local Area Coordination Leadership Group who’s vision is to affect change as a result of new insights from Local Area Coordination.
Local Area Coordination in Luton is being shaped and developed with the help of local people from Bramingham, Leagrave and Hightown (our first three areas.) People from these groups will be involved in selecting our first three Coordinators through an initial community session followed by second a panel recruitment for those selected to proceed.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop on your already existing skills by developing, providing and reviewing strength based and holistic shared agreements (support plans) with people and their families.
We are looking for someone who has proven excellent verbal and written communication, including clear, concise, accurate structured report writing. You must be able to present complex issues, in a clear and concise manner as well as being competent to use computer based applications and software – excel, word, prevailing care management systems.
You must have proven ability to develop effective working relationships in collaboration with professional, individuals, carers, families, and community based organisations.
You’ll be expected to be able to identify existing resources and opportunities within communities and co-develop creative solutions with local people to build stronger, more resilient, better resourced, more welcoming and inclusive communities. You will be mostly community based and will have the ability to work remotely.
We do ask that you are able to visit customers and families in their own homes (daily).
We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:
- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days
- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- local government pension with generous employer contribution of 17.3%
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
Information evening: 28th February at 5:30pm
Community and formal interviews: 24th and 25th March 2022
If you are interested and would like to find out more about our information evening, please contact Elaine Healy - Elaine.Healy@luton.gov.uk
Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.