Community Champions are local people who volunteer their time to connect to local communities and residents with local services. The Champions have success because they know and understand the culture and language of local communities and are able to tune into the communities’ needs and aspirations.
The Champions can reach out to the community in different ways from healthcare professionals. They meet people on the streets, knock on their doors and talk to them regularly and can use the rich insight they hear from residents to work with commissioners and other professionals to influence services and messages. The Champions also support local residents in making informed choices about a range of issues linked to their health and wellbeing. Through the programme the Champions are supported in gaining vital skills, training and experience to progress them in their own careers.
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