What is a Community Health Champion?
Community Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily bring their ability to relate to people and their own life experience to transform health and well-being in their communities. Within their families, communities and workplaces they empower and motivate people to get involved in healthy social activities, create groups to meet local needs and sign post people to relevant support and services. Community Health Champions help others to enjoy healthier lives by raising awareness of health and healthy choices, sharing health messages, removing barriers and creating supportive networks and environments.
This evidence based model is proving to be an effective way of reaching people and is making a real difference within communities. Champions are also influencing and shaping local services, increasing civic participation, initiating community development opportunities and gaining skills to move into further training, volunteering roles and employment.
Sometimes the best person to know how you are feeling, or how to do something positive in your local area, or how to make changes to your life, is a family member, neighbour or friend, and that’s where Altogether Better Community Health Champions are making an amazing difference. These dedicated volunteers help to motivate individuals in their local communities and workplaces to make positive changes and enjoy improved health and well-being through peer to peer support, building on their own unique life experience, skills and knowledge of their local area.
Community Health Champions are trained and supported through the Altogether Better Programme and volunteer in their neighbourhoods and communities to get people involved in healthy social activities, create groups to meet local needs and to sign post people to relevant support and services.
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