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Community Connect






Working together to support Middlesbrough people to improve their health, wellbeing and independence.

Funded by Middlesbrough Council, the Community Connect service is led by MVDA in partnership with Carers Together and Middlesbrough CAB.

The 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. 

Who is the service for?   The service is for Middlesbrough residents aged 18+ who are experiencing practical and/ or emotional barriers preventing them from accessing their communities. The service is based on the principals of early intervention; we are not a crisis service.   At present we receive our referrals from Adult Social Care.

Role of Community Link Workers:  Our Community Link Workers support, motivate and encourage people to build their confidence to access community services. Community Link Workers work with individuals to identify their needs through an initial assessment and work together to develop a support plan which identifies specific, practical actions and timeframes for both the client and the link worker. The assessment and support plan form the foundations of the professional relationship, avoiding dependency by reviewing these regularly and completing casework once the actions are complete. The aim of our link workers is to empower our clients to take control of their own health and wellbeing and maintain their independence.

We will introduce people to suitable community services to meet social and low-level support needs such as loneliness, social isolation, practical and emotional barriers, financial support and benefits advice.

Contact us to find out more or to discuss a referral: Telephone: 01642 955600 or email: community.connect@mvdauk.org.uk

The main contact at MVDA for the Community Connect Programme is Kelly Baxter