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Community Health Champions

A network of local people who support people in their communities to lead healthier lives.

240 local residents are being trained and supported to improve health and wellbeing in the communities with the poorest health in Sheffield. Focussing on healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing, they will be working with over 4,000 people by September 2011.

The programme is coordinated by Sheffield Wellbeing Consortium and is delivered by local voluntary and community organisations, who recruit and “host” the Champions, working closely with NHS Sheffield and the City Council.

One “host” organisation, Healthy Cross Community Project in Southey, made this video.

Over 150 people have signed up as Champions – aiming to do at least 100 hours of volunteering over 6 months. They are working with 11 “host” organisations in Manor/Castle, Southey, Parson Cross, Longley, Sharrow, Norfolk Park, Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe, Darnall, Tinsley, Gleadless, Flower, Firth Park and High Green. Three citywide organisations – MIND, HomeStart and Sheffield Wildlife Trust – are also taking part.

From September there will be new “hosts” operating in Burngreave, Foxhill, Lowedges, Pitsmoor, Owlerton, Arbourthorne, and Firvale, and also specifically with older people, people with Autism, and members of the Pakistani and Yemeni communities.

To find out about activities near you and to refer people for support, please contact Nigel West.