Council Search For New Community Health Champion
Redcar and Cleveland Council are on the hunt for a Community Health Champion to motivate others to lead healthier lives.
Community Health Champions are key in helping residents across the borough access the right information and signpost them to services that could be of real benefit.
Vera Rider, an existing Community Health Champion who runs a healthy eating course in New Marske, is very grateful for the support Champions receive.
She said: “Our group has been going for seven years, so we know a lot about health services on offer already. However, the support we get from the council is great.
“We routinely get guest speakers coming to our healthy eating group giving talks. We had a woman recently talking about spotting the early signs of breast cancer and what people can do if they believe they have breast cancer.
“That sort of information is invaluable and you wouldn’t be able to get it unless you are a Community Health Champion so I would urge as many people as possible to sign up.”
You do not need any qualifcations to sign up, as the council will offer training that could lead on to professional qualifications, to anyone who is interested.
The council will also be on hand to provide regular support and access to resources as well as offering networking opportunities with Community Health Champions to get practical advice including alcohol awareness presentations and health support.
Councillor Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for Health and Housing, said: “Becoming a Community Health Champion is a great way of making a difference within the local area.
“Getting support and help from a friendly face can lead to a lot more people enjoying healthier lives because of that assistance.”
For anyone that is interested in signing up, there is a training course being held at Rye Hills School in Redcar on Thursday, July 30, where prospective champions can come and see for themselves what the role could entail.