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Power and Connection: International development of Local Area Coordination

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Join authors Eddie Bartnik and Ralph Broad at the launch of their new book exploring the impact of Local Area Coordination.

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Local Area Coordination is one of the most important and promising international social innovations today, with 30+ years of evidence spanning multiple countries and population groups across social care and health/mental health.

This event marks the launch of Power and Connection, the first book dedicated to the topic of Local Area Coordination drawing on a wide range of expertise from around the world.

Join us for a lively Question Time session with a panel that will include the book's authors Eddie Bartnick and Ralph Broad. They will be joined by Nick Sinclair of the LAC Network (England and Wales) and others involved in this growing global movement.

The panel will be hosted by Simon Duffy of Citizen Network. Join in, ask your questions and be part of a lively and timely discussion exploring:

  • Why Local Area Coordination is important today
  • What Local Area Coordination is and how it works
  • International developments In Local Area Coordination
  • Research and evidence
  • The future of Local Area Coordination

The webinar will be of interest to:

  • People interested in the transformation of social care and health
  • Policy makers, local government leaders, academics & researchers and community leaders interested in the potential of Local Area Coordination
  • Local Area Coordinators wanting to develop and sustain best practice

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Eddie Bartnik has been continuously involved in Local Area Coordination from its inception in the late 1980s right through to the present. Further to his early role as state-wide Director of Local Area Coordination in Western Australia, he has been supporting Australian and international developments through his work as a Director of Tamar Consultancy Pty Ltd and his writings. Eddie has held a variety of senior state and national government positions across disability, mental health and community services, including being Western Australia's first Mental Health Commissioner and Strategic Advisor with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. He is currently International Lead for the International Initiative for Disability Leadership.

Ralph Broad is Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd and led the development of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales. This built on the original ground-breaking developments in Western Australia, expanding Local Area Coordination to its current, inclusive "whole community, whole system" focus alongside people of all ages and backgrounds. He also established the England and Wales Local Area Coordination Network and authored the first two reports on Local Area Coordination in England and Wales. He has subsequently worked in partnership with leaders to support new Local Area Coordination developments in Western Australia, Singapore and now the Isle of Man, as part of contribution to health and social care reform. Prior to this, Ralph had a variety of senior leadership positions in organisations in England, Scotland and Western Australia.

Nick Sinclair works for Community Catalysts as Director of the Local Area Coordination Network for England and Wales. He previously worked for organisations alongside people facing homelessness and the issues surrounding it. He is the founding chair of Culture Connect, a member led organisation of people from all over the world living in Tyneside many of whom are refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK.

Sian Roderick is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Post Graduate Research in the School of Management at Swansea University, Wales. She is a member of the iLAB Research Centre and chairs a weekly multi-disciplinary research think tank - Scentia. Sian has led several evaluation projects into life science skills, youth development initiatives and community cohesion initiatives such as Local Ara Coordination in the South Wales region.

Simon Duffy is the President of Citizen Network and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform, the publisher of Power and Connection and Local Area Coordination: From Service Users to Citizens (2012) People, Places and Possibilities (2015).

**NB: This event will take place on Zoom - after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the event page where you will find instructions on how to join in on the day.

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