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Become a Community Health Champion and help keep people safe and informed

14 March 2022

Do you care about your local area and want to help keep your family, neighbours and community safe and healthy? We need you! Sign up now to be a Community Health Champion.

Anyone who lives in the borough can volunteer to become a Community Health Champion. Champions help keep people aware, informed and up to date, with the information they need to make informed choices about their health – particularly around the COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers could be young, a parent, an essential worker, a carer, or someone older. If you have strong roots in your community or lots of local friends, then this is the role for you!

 

Currently the network consists of 70 Community Health Champions. It was first created in February 2021 with the sole purpose of driving forward the COVID-19 vaccine uptake. The Council is now recruiting more Champions, and whilst the primary focus of the Community Health Champion network will still be to ensure everyone is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, this is now being expanded to include more health messaging.

 

As well as the Community Health Champions network, there is a Young Community Health Champions network that is recruiting 12 to 18-year-olds to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine and other health issues. This network will work directly with the Council’s Children’s Service, Achieving for Children.

 

There will be an induction networking event in April to welcome new Community Health Champions and to discuss how the network will operate.

 

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

 

“This network of local volunteers will help everyone to access accurate information about health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that fake news can tragically cost lives, and this network will help counter this.

 

“Being a part of the Community Health Champions scheme will not require much of your time as the Council, Public Health and NHS partners will provide all the information you need to help keep people informed. As a Council, we try our best to do this, but we need support to help those harder-to-reach people have accurate information from trusted sources – that's where the Community Health Champions can be of invaluable assistance and also help the Council hear feedback to help improve the 2-way communication and continued engagement.

 

“By having and sharing good and useful information, Community Health Champions make it possible for their community, family and friends, to make informed choices to live healthier lives.”

 

If this sounds like something that you would like to be a part of, register now and start helping others to make the right choices for their health. If you have any questions, please email communityhealthchampions@richmond.gov.uk.

 

You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or health work as you will be given everything you need to carry out your role effectively by the Council, its Public Health team, and the NHS. There is a dedicated Community Health Champion Coordinator who manages both networks and all volunteers will have access to a series of e-learning training courses, helping to support champions to have promote positive conversations about health and wellbeing.

 

All that is expected of Community Health Champions is that they share the information and messages that are provided to them with their own networks and in their communities. This information could be shared via email, WhatsApp, social media, and you can choose how you would like to receive the updates.

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Updated: 14 March 2022

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