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Local Area Coordination: helping you stay safe and independent

If you are an older person, a carer, or have a disability or mental health needs, our local area coordinators can help you to stay safe, well, resilient and independent. They do this by putting you in touch with local groups and organisations that can help you.

Maybe you feel lonely and would like to be part of your community, but aren’t sure what’s going on, or what might suit your particular interested. Or perhaps you’d like help with everyday things such as managing money, housing or your health.

How can a local area coordinator help me?

It’s sometimes hard to know where to look when you want support. That’s why our coordinators take the time to get to know you and your family, so they can learn what’s important to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure yourself. Our coordinators can help you identify and develop your strengths, skills, talents and abilities and find the solutions that are right for you. 

This can involve helping you to:

  • access information, advice and support
  • build your own local network
  • find practical ways to resolve problems
  • be part of your community
  • identify your personal strengths, goals and needs

How do I contact my local area coordinator?

Our friendly coordinators are listed below. Choose the coordinator for the ward you live in, then contact them directly. 

If you’re not sure which ward you live in, you can check ward boundaries on the Ordnance Survey website.

Meet our coordinators

We currently have four coordinators. Each works over one of four wards in the borough: Cathall, Grove Green, Larkswood and Wood Street. 

Each co-ordinator has expert knowledge of their ward, and so can provide you with the best local help. They were all recruited with the assistance of members of their local community and they all keep up-to-date with what’s going on in their area. 

Alison Gordon, Larkswood Ward

Alison Gordon Local Area Coordinator

Drop in and see Alison on Mondays 1.30pm to 4pm at:

South Chingford Community Library265 Chingford Mount RoadChingford E4 8LP 

and on Thursdays 3.30pm to 5pm at:

Chingford Leisure Centre4 Larkswood Leisure Park New Road E4 9EY 

You can also contact Alison:

Leeana Williams, Wood Street ward

Leena Williams Local Area Coordinator

Drop in and see Leeana on Mondays 10am to 2pm at:

St Gabriel's Family Centre
Havant Road
E17 3JF 

and on Tuesdays 1.30pm to 4pm at:

Wood Street Library
Forest Road
E17 4AA 

You can also contact Leeana:

Carolyn Sellick, Grove Green Ward

Carolyn Sellick Local Area Coordinator

Drop in and see Carolyn on Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.20pm at:

Leyton Library
High Road
Leyton
E10 5QH

and on Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am at:

Leytonstone Library
Church Lane
Leytonstone
E11 1HG 

You can also contact Carolyn:


Sam Tallant, Cathall ward

Sam Tallant Local Area Coordinator

Drop in and see Sam on Mondays 10.30am to 1.30pm at:

Disability Resource Centre
90 Crownfield Road
Stratford
E15 2BG

and on Tuesdays 10am to 1pm at:

Leytonstone Learning Link
23-25 North Birkbeck Road
Leytonstone
E11 4JF

You can also contact Sam:

About the Local Area Coordinator Network

Our local area coordinators are part of the national Local Area Coordination Network.

More and more councils across England and Wales are starting to use the network as a way of helping their residents feel happier and more in control in their lives. We joined the scheme in February 2017.

In Waltham Forest, there are a lot of groups and organisations with a passion for helping local people to become part of their community.

Our coordinators’ job is to put you in touch with the right people and groups for you to help you. This in turn means you’re better supported and connected in the community and with local services, which can help avoid things turning into a crisis.

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