Carrie's Blog - Community Champions


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The project:

Interested in health & wellbeing, then look no further!

Our Community Champions work together

With residents from Lancaster West & Silchester estates

Recruiting volunteers, so they signpost their mates

Young or old & anyone in between

We run activities whether 85 or 18…

Community Champions get the best training

To further knowledge & do the explaining

To neighbours & friends about local services

Including self-confidence to help nervousness

Gain skills, make friends, give something back

Join events full of healthy snacks

Just pick up the phone to find out more

Call 0208 960 3722 & see what’s in store!

 

What we’re working on

We’re currently heading in to the Summer months, so we have lots of activities planned including; family fun days, community health fairs & our children’s oral health campaign! All our events help tackle health issues that have been brought to light by residents living on the estates. We’re also working with Age UK K&C and the Latymer Community Church to run a Health & Strength course aimed at older residents to encourage gentle physical activity to support them to stay healthy.

 

What do I enjoy most about my role & working at the Volunteer Centre?

Well, where do I begin?

The main thing I enjoy about my job is the people; the volunteers we work with, the Volunteer Centre staff, local organisations, residents living on the estates – everyone!

An average week in the life of a Community Champions manager can involve many things; from meeting local organisations and finding out what services they have available, to catching up with volunteers and running regular activities, events and trainings for either our Community Champions or local residents.

Drinking tea is also very important, a nice cup of tea can work wonders for your wellbeing! So, if you like drinking tea, are interested in volunteering or would just like to find out more about the project, we’d love to hear from you J 

 

Community Champions projects operate in 15 different areas across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster & I manage the project specifically for the Notting Dale Ward; working with the residents on the Lancaster West & Silchester estates, just by Latimer Road tube station.

The aim of our project is to promote health & wellbeing messages by bringing local people & services together through a variety of activities, trainings and events.

We recruit volunteers from the estates to run the above and inform neighbours about local services

I love working with the different skills our volunteers have and empowering them to feel confident to carry out …

The Volunteer Centre is a great place to work, I may be biased but we have some of the most caring and thoughtful staff members who are fully dedicated to their role and make an excellent cup of tea at the same time.