The Community Connect Service supports local people to access community-based services and activities, helping to prevent, postpone and delay the need for formal care. Delivered by a small integrated team of Community Link Workers, this person-centred service helps people to remain independent for longer and maintain a good quality of life. Based on the principles of early intervention, it will work across three levels of prevention:
- Primary - people who do not have current health or care needs
- Secondary - people who have an increased risk of developing needs
- Tertiary - people who have established needs.
The Community Link Workers will refer people to the relevant community services to meet needs such as:
- Addressing loneliness and isolation through befriending services
- Help people to overcome the practical and emotional barriers which prevent them from being more involved in their communities
- Support vulnerable adults enabling them to remain in their own homes through social integration and benefits advice
- Enabling people to take up new opportunities and take control of their health and wellbeing.
Our Community Connect Service is delivered in partnership with other organisations and provides support through two elements of delivery:
Support through navigation will be provided following a referral to the programme in which the focus will be on working with individuals to navigate the support available and connect them to existing community-based provision. This will primarily be delivered by MVDA.
Support through casework will be provided for an individuals where an existing service is not immediately available to meet their needs. For example, this could be where there will be a wait before a referral can be accepted by the other organisation. In this case, the CLW will provide ongoing support to an invidual in the form of casework. This element of work will be delivered by Carers Together and Middlesbrough CAB.
The main contact at MVDA for the Community Connect Programme is Berni Doab.