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Help share accurate information with your community

Community Champions are volunteers who communicate with people in their community about important and current subjects, such as the COVID-19 vaccination.

Community Champions roles are:

  • Community Champion – sharing key public health messages such as vaccinations, COVID with family and friends.
  • Community Engagement Champion – sharing key public health messages where volunteers are responsive to rapid/urgent deployment needs to support local priority areas and the need for volunteers at short notice.
  • Organisation Champion – organisations such as the third sector, local businesses, educational establishments, including grass root groups, constituted groups and residents’ associations etc. will pledge to support COVID-19 messaging and sign up staff and volunteers to become COVID-19 Community Champions to support sharing health messages around COVID-19 including vaccinations/boosters amongst staff, service users and communities.

Community Champions are supported in their role and offered ongoing training and there is a wide range of support available linked to this opportunity:

  • Access to the training you need to have effective conversations
  • Regular question and answer sessions with Public Health and Leeds CCG on health messages
  • Sessions with other Community Champions to share experiences and learning
  • Sharing health messages with communities in different ways

If you are passionate, are looking for a flexible volunteering role and want to make a difference to your community we would love to hear from you!

This project is delivered by Forum Central and Voluntary Action Leeds supported by LCC and NHS

If you have any questions you can email: community.champions@forumcentral.org.uk

Training for Community Champions

As a Community Champion you are given a thorough induction to help equip you for the role and build confidence on how to approach difficult subjects. Ongoing support is on hand for our Community Champions through ongoing training, peer support and regular virtual sessions with health professionals.

Current training:

We have a number of short videos to help give our Community Champions more information about key health messages in the city and to help them have conversations with friends, family and communities about these.

We would be grateful if you could take some time to watch the videos below.

Session 1: Key Winter Messages – Influenza
https://youtu.be/PRyQqZtl1aU

This short information session will provide key public health messages around Flu, including:

  • Types of Flu
  • Who is at risk
  • How to protect yourself and others
Session 2: Key Health Messages – Covid-19 and Vaccination
https://youtu.be/g8N64eu3huA

This short session will cover key messages including:

  • Covid-19 overview
  • The changing symptoms of Covid-19
  • Information and facts about the vaccines
  • How you can support the programme in Leeds
Session 3: Having Meaningful Conversations Training
https://youtu.be/iimsHN3B3lY

This short session is designed for anyone who wants to help people work their way through difficult problems and conversations and will help you to:

  • Know what makes a meaningful conversation
  • Practise the use of Active Listening and Clean Communication to explore issues
  • Use different questioning techniques to enable people to explore their attitudes and beliefs.

 

Volunteer Induction Videos

Watch this set of videos as part of your induction process. The induction videos cover:

  • Safeguarding
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Confidentiality and Data Protection
  • Staying Safe

Resources for Community Champions

Being a Good Neighbour Pack (PDF, 722 KB)

The coronavirus outbreak prompted many people think about helping their neighbours more than they normally might. Being a good neighbour to people on your street, and beyond, can help you feel more involved with and connected to the wider community. The ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ pack has advice on how you can help people in a safe and considerate way.

Download

January 2022 - Leeds Vaccination Sites - Dates and Times (PDF, 131 KB)

Walk in clinics are being offered at several locations across Leeds. Details of which vaccines are available and who can attend are included for each listing.

Download
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