Want to make a difference to your community?
Could you encourage others to be healthier?
If so, you could become a Community Health Champion!
We’re looking for people who want to make a difference – that might be to help family members, work colleagues, friends or a local group. There are so many different ways you can help and we want to hear your ideas!
Our next Community Health Champion registration event is:
Tuesday 4th December 6:30pm at The Cedarwood Trust Avon Ave North Shields NE29 7QT
Thursday 6th December 6:30pm at The Lakeside Centre Southgate Killingworth NE12 6SA
For more information or to book a place; contact the team firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0191 6437171.
The Active North Tyneside team is here to encourage everyone to try and be more active, every day. Being active at every age increases quality of life and everyone’s chances of remaining healthy and independent.
Joining in with fun, regular activities in their own neighbourhoods is often the best way to encourage others to take that first step to a healthier lifestyle.
What is a Community Health Champion?
Someone who can influence their friends, family, work colleagues, or people in their wider community to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Even small changes can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of others.
Active North Tyneside will support you to support others in your community. If you can encourage and support two other people to become more active and can spend some time with them, sharing your own life experience, this could be the programme for you!
You can use your imagination and have fun, whilst keeping active with others.
What do you need to do to qualify?
Anyone can register. When you do, you’ll get a free easeEXTRA card and goodie bag. To qualify as a Community Health Champion you need to support at least two people to take up some physical activity and complete 10 sessions with them within a six-month period. It could be going for a weekly walk, riding your bike, going to the gym, swimming, doing an exercise class, or something else!
You’ll need to complete a simple record sheet and let us know how it’s going.
What’s in it for you?
- A great volunteering experience and an opportunity to help others
- A free goodie bag when you sign up, containing a t-shirt and everything you need to get started
- A free easeEXTRA card
- A £20 shopping voucher as a reward on completion and a sweatshirt
- Training and support along the way – you will have opportunities to learn about key health issues such as good diet and nutrition, and stopping smoking
- You can also qualify for nationally accredited Sports and Activator Awards
Why do we need Community Health Champions?
If we can help our residents improve their health, we are helping them towards:
- A better quality of life
- Higher confidence and self-esteem
- A longer life
Our Community Health Champions help us to:
- Promote physical activity
- Promote healthy eating
- Promote good mental health and wellbeing
- Promote drug and alcohol awareness
- Promote stop smoking services
We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.
Community Health Champion Testimonials
Shauna and Dave
“This picture of Dave and I at a wedding 2 years ago inspired us both to lose weight and get fit.
After joining the Beginners Running programme at the Lakeside Centre in January 2017 and with healthy eating, between us we lost 9st (5 for dave and 4 for me).”
“We are enjoying getting healthy by running and meeting new friends through the activity. In January this year, just a year on from being a beginner myself, I set up my own group at The Lakeside Centre to help other individuals. I helped 5 people achieve their goal of running 0 to 5k in just 7 weeks! I have a new group starting soon.”
“After coming through the beginners programme in 2017, running is something I just wanted to keep doing. When the opportunity came up to be a Community Health Champion I couldn’t say no as I wanted to help people enjoy it as much as I do.
I assist with beginners groups in Killingworth and after 10 weeks, have been proud to see them run in all sorts of events.”