Ralph is Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd and was Founder of the Local Area Coordination Network CIC in England and Wales.
As Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd, with the great support of Eddie Bartnik and other colleagues, he led the development of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales and now also developing new conversations internationally.
Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd established and developed the Local Area Coordination Network, initially as part of Inclusive Neighbourhoods and now as part of Community Catalysts CIC https://www.communitycatalysts.co.uk to support the long term development, learning and sustainability of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.
We are now looking to build a network of relationships, partnerships and shared learning between international Local Area Coordination sites.
He has more than 30 years experience in working in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations in England, Scotland and Western Australia
This is underpinned by the belief that every person has the right to build and pursue their vision for a good life and that communities are stronger, more welcoming and more self sufficient where all people have the opportunity for to share strengths and expertise and contribute to local community life.
Following his work with local leaders and activists there are some fabulous and powerful stories emerging from Local Area Coordination areas showing people and families building and pursuing their own vision for a good life, building their own resilience and connections, being valued for their contribution and reducing their need for and dependence on formal services.
Ralph is a fellow at the Centre for Welfare Reform and was previously an Honorary Fellow at University of Edinburgh. He studied at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury, completing his MA in Management in Community Care in 2007.
“The Isle of Wight Council’s Public Health Department commissioned Inclusive Neighbourhoods in 2014 to work with them in the design, development and implementation of Local Area Coordination for the Island. This was a true partnership, with Inclusive Neighbourhoods spending time getting to know and understand the island, it’s leadership, health and social care system, and local issues.
With the extensive support of Inclusive Neighbourhoods we were able to build a programme that was consistent with the evidence, and locally relevant, hence embedded in, and integral to our prevention and early intervention strategy and the island’s New Model of Care. The programme is consistently delivering the predicted outcomes, thanks to the support from Inclusive Neighbourhoods with the development, advice and guidance.
We are very pleased with the exceptionally high quality of service we received, professionalism, commitment and ‘nothing is too much trouble’ approach. We certainly got REALLY good value for money.”
Heather Rowell – Senior Public Health Practitioner/Local Area Coordination Programme Manager – Isle of Wight Council.