Community Coordinators were introduced across the whole of Cwm Taf in 2014/15 as part of the Intermediate Care Fund initiative launched by Welsh Government. The intention of the Fund is to encourage improved working relationships between Local Authorities, Health, Housing and Third Sector for the purpose of supporting older people, particularly, the frail elderly, to maintain their independence.
Meet the Team:
The Coordinators help individuals and their carers to access services and activities which will help them to maintain their independence and improve their health and wellbeing.
A key function of the role has been around building networks and making connections with organisations and community groups who deliver services to older people in order that the Coordinators may make appropriate recommendations.
Anyone can refer to the team, and the type of support that they can source includes befriending; benefits checks; small home adaptations; shopping/cleaning/gardening as well as condition-specific support, such as dementia.
Since the implementation of the Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act (SSWB) the team has strengthened its connections with Local Authorities and now spends part of their time working alongside the Initial Support Services Team (Keir Hardie Health Park) and Single Point of Access Team in RCT (Ty Elai), offering advice and support in relation to preventative services available within the local areas.
The team records information against the National Outcomes Framework and the performance quality standards expected under the SSWB Act – an example of their work is demonstrated in the Impact Report from April 2016-January 2017.
Click here to view the Impact Report
The Coordinators produce a monthly information bulletin which promotes activities that are taking place in the month ahead.
Click here to see the most recent copy.
If you would like to receive a copy directly then please contact your local Community Coordinator.
One of the Coordinators has a specific remit around Health, and in particular, brokering connections between third sector organisations and Primary Care settings. As at September 2017 the team is currently connected with 89% of GP practices throughout Cwm Taf. The team supports GP Cluster hub meetings and also Virtual Ward rounds with a view to sharing information and offering advice around third sector provision.
The team has recently developed its own Twitter account and you can follow them via: