Learning disabilities

Local Area Co-ordination

The Local Area Co-ordination (LAC) team is part of the Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service. We work with adults with a learning disability and their family carers across the Scottish Borders.

The team is made up of Local Area Co-ordinators and Community Link Workers. 

Our focus is on supporting people to be part of their local community.

What do the Local Area Co-ordinators and Community Link Workers do?

We can help you to:

  • have your voice heard
  • use your skills and build your confidence
  • make your own choices about the kind of life you want
  • help change things for the better where you live
  • find out about what is going on where you live
  • take part in activities or events that interest you
  • support family carers
  • find out how to make healthy changes to your life
  • build friendships and relationships.

We do this by:

  • working with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive for people with learning disabilities and their family carers
  • providing information on local resources and opportunities in the community
  • providing direct support to build confidence, access opportunities and make connections, with an emphasis on promoting independence
  • working with people to keep their connections and involvement in the local community without direct support. We do this by developing plans with people to be independent and gradually withdraw our direct support. People can get back in touch with us at any point in the future