C4CC partner Community Catalysts and the Local Area Coordination Network have officially joined forces to pool expertise and better promote their community-based work programmes.
Community Catalysts took over responsibility for the Local Area Coordination Network, that operates in 13 areas of England and Wales, from the end of June.
Local Area Coordination supports people with disabilities mental health issues and other long-term conditions to improve their health and wellbeing by being a part of and contributing to their own communities.
The handover, was marked by celebrations, with the obligatory champagne and cake, which was decorated with the words ‘Better Together’ to encapsulate the spirit of partnership.
Sian Lockwood, the chief executive of Community Catalysts, is confident that the two organisations will prosper as one.
“I believe that we will soon find that we are also ‘Stronger Together’. Which can only benefit the people and communities we both care passionately about,” said Sian writing in a blog on the Community Catalysts website.
“Where we have had the opportunity to work in partnership we have always been better together.
“Our shared values and complementary approaches mean that we add value to each other and make a much broader offer to people and to local areas,” Sian added.
A recruitment process is also underway for a new Director for the Network, replacing Samantha Clarke, who has moved to become chief executive of Learning Disability England. Details here.
C4CC would like to wish both organisations the very best of luck for the future as they look to enhance and extend the reach of their innovative and cutting edge work with people and communities, which has so much in common with our own Three Cs.