Community Champions are people who voluntarily bring their ability to relate to people, enthusiasm and their own life experience to improve health and wellbeing in their communities.
Within their families, communities and workplaces they empower and motivate people to get involved in social, learning or therapeutic activities, create groups to meet local needs and sign post people to relevant support and services.
Community Champions help others to enjoy better wellbeing by raising awareness of physical and mental health, providing choices and sharing health messages. They help remove barriers and create supportive networks and environments that bring people together.
At our 1st 1000 Lives Network event we asked people what makes a community champion. These are the qualities they suggested:
Three community champions shared their stories of action in the community, at that event. We filmed them. You can see the videos here – click on the photo to play the video. If the video is a bit choppy, please click on the pause button and go back to the start and play it again.
Marg Simpson, who sadly died in Winter 2013/14, shares her story of setting up the Tea at 2 Social Club.
Stephen and Joanne talk about being “Closer to Home”
walking group leaders.
Deb talks about her volunteering journey from Epilepsy Parents, then volunteering at Staffordshire University,
to community action in Sneyd Green.
Please follow the links below to information about Community Champions.