During May Altogether Better was in London to receive a Big Society Award from the Prime Minister. Lisa Cox from Sheffield and Mashud Haque from Bradford attended the ceremony to represent 12,500 Community Health Champions across Yorkshire and Humber. The award was given in recognition of the contribution volunteers are making to the health and well-being of their communities.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
Congratulations to Altogether Better and their fantastic team of Community Health Champions. "This innovative scheme shows the public sector empowering local champions so that they can in turn inspire and support others within their communities to lead healthier lives. "It is an excellent example of a project encouraging social action and opening up our public services. That's exactly what the Big Society is about – and that's why I wish them every success for the future.
You can read about Lisa's experiences and her time at Downing Street in writer Karl James' thought-provoking and moving blog