Community and Care Co-ordinators are based in local GP practices and assist patients in need of help, support and advice by signposting them to other useful services.
Community and Care Co-ordinators work with the NHS, the Council and voluntary services and have become local experts on what’s happening in your community. They can help you to keep socially active and maintain your independence.
How can they help me?
A Community and Care Co-ordinator can help you to find your way around the system which can often seem complicated and confusing.
Here are some of the things they can help you with:
- Offer information about local activities, interest groups or day centres
- Signpost you to transport for appointments and other activities
- Arrange support for you or for someone you care about
- Signpost you to bereavement support
- Signpost you to organisations that can help with aids and adaptations to your home
- Help you to find a volunteer friend to spend time with you
- Signpost you to debt, benefits and financial support
The Community and Care Co-ordinator will proactively identify patients and link them to volunteers and networks within the community.
Their second key function is to support the community, community groups and networks to grow and develop.
This service has been running in Shropshire since October 2012.