People in Sompting and Lancing can now start having a conversation about their adult social care needs in a new way.
From 16 January, people are being encouraged to have early conversations with West Sussex County Council about their adult social care needs.
The aim is to reach out to people in their communities to help support their independence and quality of life.
A multi-disciplinary team from the county council will be based in the local area where they can talk with people about their circumstances.
For more information call 01243 642121 or email the social care team.
Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “We recognise people like to have these conversations closer to where they live.
“We want to meet people, their families and carers in local settings to talk about the support they need and we’ll help people make the best use of their strengths, including family and community networks.
“The new approach is also intended to provide greater continuity of contact with people talking to fewer members of staff.”
Lancing and Sompting is the first area to trial the new approach.
Three more areas will also be trialling it in the next few months. If it proves successful, a decision will be taken in the autumn about introducing the new approach across the county from January 2018.