What are Community Health Champions?
Community health champions are people who can really make a difference to the health of their friends, family, neighbours, and work colleagues. They use these relationships to pass on information and inspire them to take steps to look after their health.
Why are they needed?
The saying that “prevention is better than cure” is true for many health problems. There are often small steps people can take to look after their health. This might be eating well, stopping smoking, being more active, getting the flu vaccination, or accessing screening services.
It can be difficult to take the first step, even if we really want to make changes. People are often confused by mixed messages in the media, don’t feel motivated, or are unaware of the support available to them. Community health champions can help people get the right information and access to the services they need.
Who can become a Community Health Champion?
Anyone! You do not need a health background. You just need to be willing to pass on information and encourage people to look after their health when the opportunity arises. This could happen when chatting with a friend or more formally through your role in a local community group.
What will it involve?
This exciting new programme is available now. Community health champions attend a free training event to find out what is involved. They are then offered follow up sessions on important health topics such as smoking, alcohol, and obesity. If you’ve attended these sessions you can better help your friends, family, neighbours, and work colleagues to lead healthier lives.
All sessions are free and will be delivered in local venues. A crèche will be provided for those with young children and transport costs will be reimbursed.
What’s in it for me?
If you become a Community Health Champion you will be able to:
What happens after becoming a Community Health Champion?
After becoming a Community Health Champion you can use your new knowledge and skills as much, or as little, as you like. You will be kept updated and become part of a network of people that are helping and inspiring others to lead healthier lives. We will be holding regular events throughout the year to get your ideas and views about what else can be done to help people look after their health.
For further information on the Community Health Champion Programme please contact: Louise George on 01633 241 563 or email
Welbeing Co-ordinator at Caerphilly County Borough Council: Sian Wolfe-Williams 01495 235419
Welbeing Co-ordinator at Torfaen Voluntary Alliance: Pat Powell 01495 742460 http://www.tvawales.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Community-Health-Champions-explanatory-leaflet.pdf