Local Linked Support

A bit about my team:

I am a Community Support Worker, working for the Local Linked Support team in Adult Social Care, Essex County Council. We cover the Colchester borough and Braintree district. Our team offers support for up to 4 months to adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism and their carers who are not in receipt of commissioned care and support through Adult Social Care. A formal diagnosis is not required.

We work with the adult to understand what is most important to them and support with planning the next steps to achieve their goals. We also work alongside carers [even if the adult they care for is not working with Local Linked Support] spending time to listen and understand, supporting to identifying and connect with resources and community options which will support them in their caring role. We can work alongside both the adult and their carer together.

What we do

We use person centred planning with a clear focus on the adult or carer’s goals, wishes and aspirations, providing support for people to achieve what is most important to them.

We meet in community spaces where people feel most comfortable. This could be in a café, library, sports centre, community hub, college, youth centre or even a walk in the park. We take account of how people prefer to communicate and are more than happy to speak by phone/text/email or WhatsApp if preferred.

What I love to do

For me the best part of my role is hearing a challenging situation, listening and providing time and space for the adults and carers I work alongside to be heard. I love being able to help connect someone to resources that are going to make a difference to their quality of life. For example; we frequently hear of carers wondering what they would do if they were unable to provide care to the adult anymore and having the worry of what would happen in an emergency situation like that. Offering support to establish an Emergency Carers Plan and start that conversation offers peace of mind to the carer and a plan of action for the future.

I have recently worked with adults who have struggled to leave their home due to the impact of the pandemic or having low confidence to access community groups. I will meet with the adult, find out what is important and what they might like to do offering support to attend initial group or sports sessions to  overcome  any worries when meeting new people or going out independently.

Hearing some feedback recently from an adult’s carer to say what a difference my support has made is incredibly rewarding. It is a great feeling knowing that I have helped to make a difference to someone. I enjoy being able to review progress with the people I support, seeing what great things people have achieved and recognising what skills and strengths people have.

How to get in touch

We love to talk – please phone us if you would like more information or to make a referral. Our team can be contacted on 0333 0130 593.

You can come and say hello at one of our drop in’s, we are at Colchester Library on Thursdays from 1pm-3pm and Braintree Library on Tuesdays from 10am -12pm.

Thank you for reading, Georgina Powell.