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Community Champions

Overview

The Walsall COVID-19 Community Champions Programme is primarily aimed at supporting residents from under-represented groups who may be most at risk of COVID-19. 

Walsall for All is working in partnership with Walsall Council (including Public Health), NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and others to deliver this programme.

 

Funded by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (formerly MHCLG), the role of Community Champions is to:

  • Help increase vaccination uptake

  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Tackle the spread of misinformation around COVID-19 and the vaccine

  • Reduce the impact of the virus on families, neighbourhoods and wider communities 

  • Improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of individuals

 

With your help, we want to create a diverse network of COVID-19 ‘Community Champions’, who can help address misconceptions and myths and amplify truths around the virus and the vaccine. 

Together, we can make sure that everyone in Walsall has the information they need to stay safe, help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives. 

Supporting local organisations

One of the key elements of the programme is supporting voluntary and community sector organisations to help recruit and train COVID-19 Community Champions. 

Partner organisations and their champions will receive the latest COVID-19 information packs and up-to-date advice and guidance to share with families, friends and their local community, alongside training to help them do so. This will include advice on how to stay safe and slow the spread of the virus, details about what extra support is available locally and facts to address misinformation and myths about vaccination. 

Organisations will also attend regular meetings with public sector health providers to give feedback and discuss suggestions and issues with each other, so we can all share ideas, best practice and understand what works, as well as addressing any concerns.

Participating organisations

Below is a list of organisations that have participated in the COVID-19 Community Champions programme.

 

Fourteen organisations participated in phase one (between May and September 2021) and eight organisations are currently participating in phase two (November 2021 to March 2022).

If you are over 18, you live or work in Walsall and would like to become a champion or support the programme, get in touch with one of our participating organisations or email us at walsallforall@walsall.gov.uk.

Project Completed

New Projects

58th Walsall Al-Huda Scout Group

Multi Kulti West Midlands CIC

Union of Muslim Organisations

New Testament Church of God Faith Temple - Walsall

Ryecroft Community Hub

Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre

Aaina Community Hub

The MindKind Projects CIC

Youth Connect

Oak Tree Trust Walsall

Afghan Community and Welfare Centre (working in partnership with SOORA)

Zebra Access CIO

Caldmore Community Garden 

Vera Group

Midland Mencap

Refugee and Migrant Centre

The Motivation Hub

Feedback

Below is some feedback our champions groups have shared with us from phase one of the project.

Very good - good learning to move forward in Walsall. Personally, I really liked the pop-up tents and the vaccination bus - bringing the vaccine to the people.

Great success - spread the correct information within the community. Our champions became a trusted source for information.

It has been an insightful project for us working within our community. We have found a lot of the problem was information not being received correctly. So offering the support from the mosque worked very well for us and saw a lot of people change their mind on the vaccinations and even COVID testing.

I found the overall project was a great learning experience, as it was a very new project in relation to raising awareness of COVID-19, the safety measures and how we can as a community work together to stop the spread of COVID.

This project was a great way for us to get all the correct information to people with learning disabilities without confusing people. We loved that the service users we support were able to volunteer and be a part of the project and their community.

It has opened another door for people who we have not met before. It has been a good experience and learning.

COVID-19 Community Champions

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Programme updates

Below you will find our fortnightly updates on the champions programme. Click on the PDF icon to view the notes.

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Update 14

Date:

12.01.2022

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Update 12

Date:

22.12.2021

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Update 9

Date:

29.09.2021

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Update 6

Date:

18.08.2021

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Update 3

Date:

07.07.2021

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Update 13

Date:

07.01.2022

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Update 11

Date:

15.12.2021

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Update 8

Date:

15.09.2021

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Update 5

Date:

04.08.2021

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Update 2

Date:

23.06.2021

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Update from CCG

Date:

22.12.2021

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Update 10

Date:

01.12.2021

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Update 7

Date:

01.09.2021

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Update 4

Date:

21.07.2021

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Update 1

Date:

09.06.2021

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to request information in another format, please email walsallforall@walsall.gov.uk. Alternatively, fill in our contact form.

Useful links

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COVID-19 Resources

Recommended resources for organisations undertaking COVID-19 work in local communities.

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Community Champions newsletter

In a special issue of the Walsall for All newsletter, we recognise the work of the COVID-19 Community Champions and local organisations (from phase one) who have played their role in ensuring everyone in Walsall has the information they need to stay safe, help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives.