A range of up to date information, support and advice available in Walsall is just a click away thanks to a new online directory.
Walsall’s Community Living Directory is an easy to use comprehensive website available online at www.wcld.co.uk/
Walsall residents can now find out about local and national care and support services including what’s going on in their local community, at the touch of a button by accessing the new directory.
Individuals can search information about money matters, help to live at home, housing advice, things to do, staying safe, caring for someone, health and wellbeing, getting about and education, training and employment.
The site will include a product showroom where people can view aids and equipment to help them live independently as well as a personal assistant network to search individuals they could employ to help them with their daily living needs.
Individuals will also be able to refer themselves to help and support electronically through the website.
The web-based directory has been developed to help signpost local people to help and advice in their community which has become more important as the Care Act becomes law on 1 April 2015.
The act places a duty on all councils to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area. In addition, councils will be expected to give people the support they need to help prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs.
Children and families with special educational needs (SEN) will also be able to access a range of information and advice through the directory as the SEN local offer will also be available through the website.
Councillor Diane Coughlan, portfolio holder for social care at Walsall Council, said: “This directory is much more than a social care resource, it is for anyone wishing to find out more about help and activities available in Walsall.
“Our aim is to signpost people to a range of good quality information and advice.
“Being able to access local information about community groups and support agencies will help people to remain more independent.
“This is important because in future the council will likely have more people requesting help and support, so it is essential we try to signpost people and their families where possible.
“If people are able to access good local information and advice they will remain more independent for longer and they will have the information they need to make good decisions about activities, care and support.
“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the Walsall Community Living Directory on www.wcld.co.uk/ and find out what’s on offer.”