Over fifty Community Health Champions who passed the RSPH Understanding Health Improvement training joined Public Health and Wellbeing staff on Tuesday 28th November, to hear about the exciting new Live Well Champions model and the fresh volunteering and training opportunities open to people who want to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
Community Health Champions, or Live Well Champions as they are now known, are local volunteers who have been trained to offer support and promote health in their communities. They have all completed Health Improvement training, accredited by the prestigious Royal Society for Public Health, the awarding body in the UK for vocational health-related qualifications.
The Champion model is a key strand of “Live Well Greenwich” – launched earlier in the month – set to tackle Greenwich’s high rate of preventable illness. It recognises the vital role that local people play in helping their communities to increase the number of years spent living in good health.
Live Well Champions are a strong network of local, knowledgeable people who are an asset in the community. Using their experience, knowledge and skills they signpost people to appropriate support in order to bring about positive change to local services.
Greenwich’s Public Health team were delighted by the interest Champions showed and their appetite to work more closely to see the model grow. Almost half of those who attended the event signed up to support Live Well Greenwich.
Live Well Champions benefit from:
- Learning new skills
- Access to free training and development, including ‘Make Every Opportunity Count’ (MEOC)
- Meeting new people and connecting to the wider community
- Improving their own health as well as that of friends, family and their communities
If you have as little as three hours a week to spare, are interested in improving the health and wellbeing of friends, family and your community, you too can join Live Well Greenwich.
For further information about the programme or to register your interest, please contact Public Health Programme Manager, Kelly-Ann Ibrahim, on 020 8921 2481 or by email at email@example.com.