Local Area Coordinator (LAC)
Local Area Coordinators work with individuals and families of all ages & abilities. They take time to get to know you, your family, friends, carers and your community, so they can help you to build a strong support network.
The LAC for the Clifton Ward is Anna Harrison. Anna is based in Marjorie Waite Court on a Tuesday 1-3pm and at St Joseph’s Church Hall on a Thursday 2-4pm. She is available at these venues for drop-in sessions. Anna may be able to help you get support with:
- Taking steps to make your life better
- Helping you access a wide range of information
- Getting the right support from available services
- Developing relationships & community networks
- Getting your voice heard about the things that are important to you
- Helping you find volunteering opportunities
Anna’s contact number is 07813 993832 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not live in the Clifton ward, here is a link to information about your area’s Local Area Coordinator.
Family Wellbeing Service
The York Families Wellbeing team, in partnership with Changing Lives, provides community-based support to families within the City of York.
The service helps families struggling with any issues which may affect their housing or have a negative impact on their children’s wellbeing. They work with families whose children are aged 0-19 years old, or 0-25 years old where the child has a disability. They welcome applications from people who may have mental health needs, autism or learning disabilities in their family.
The service can help with the following:
- Preventing homelessness
- Debt and budgeting problems
- Anti-social behaviour
- Accessing the correct benefits
- Accessing training, education and employment
- Social isolation
- Accessing physical/mental health support
- Accessing support around autism or learning disabilities
They will work with each family to understand their individual needs and help them to manage their own support plans. They can also support families to access help for children, where needed.
They are open five days a week: Monday – Thursday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
If you would like to access support for your family you can self-refer by contacting Ginny Barker, team leader. Her contact details can be found below.
Phone: 07391 868741
You can learn more about the York Families Wellbeing service by following the link below.
Community Links Families Wellbeing service
The local food bank is at St Joseph’s Church Hall and can be found using the following address.
St Joseph’s Church Hall
Thursdays 2-4 pm.
This is an opportunity to have a hot drink, talk with Anna Harrison, LAC or about benefits & housing as well as take food from the food bank.
As well as speaking to your Local Area Coordinator, there are some other local services that may be able to help you with any housing needs or issues you may have.
Benefit Advice & Financial Support
Raising a family can be expensive, and with increasing financial challenges many parents may find they need some extra help. City of York Council is signposting parents and carers to a wide range of local and national support as part of a new campaign to help connect families with the right financial help.
The campaign will highlight how families can get help with school uniforms and school lunches, as well as how they can get government support with the cost of childcare and access other national family benefits.
Financial support includes Child Benefit, Universal Credit which can help you with living costs whether or not your in work (and which is replacing child tax credit and tax credit for everyone) and Healthy Start, which is help to buy food and milk for pregnant women and those with children under four.
Help is also available for families with children for free school meals, holiday activities and food, school uniforms, 16-19 bursary fund, childcare places and tax-free childcare help.
More information and links:
Help is here for families – City of York Council =https://www.york.gov.uk/news/article/1271/help-is-here-for-families
Find out what you’re entitled to: Benefits calculators = https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
Get advice and help applying: Benefits Advice = https://www.york.gov.uk/BenefitsAdvice
Get top tips on cutting costs: Live Well York Talk Money = https://www.livewellyork.co.uk/talkmoney
Please also find below a number of other links to national & local services that may be able to support you with benefits & finances: