Thank you for your interest in becoming a Community Champion in Norfolk & Waveney!
Here is a little more information to give you a clear understanding of the role:
What is a Community Champion?
As the name suggests a Community Champion is someone who cares about where they live and work and sees the importance of talking about mental health and wellness. They share information about Wellbeing with the people they meet and they are able to provide brief and effective support so people can find the help they need. Community Champions also work with Wellbeing to share all the opportunities that are going on locally so people have the opportunity to try new things, meet new people and re-connect with where they live and work.
Who makes an ideal Community Champion?
If you love where you live, know the people really well and think talking about mental health is important then this role is definitely for you! You may work in your local library, attend a walking group or manage a team at work, the key thing is you believe knowledge is power and you like to share that power. There are a few elements that are essential to the role:
- You enjoy sharing information about Wellbeing with the people you come into contact with
- You will see the potential and use Wellbeing’s local connections to promote what is going on in your community
- You believe that reducing stigma and raising awareness around mental health is important in our own lives and the community as a whole
Training and Support
This is an important role that can make a real difference in people’s lives and although it may seem a relatively straight forward process we want to make sure you feel supported and trained so you can get the most out of your new role.
The training for a Community Champion will make sure you feel comfortable providing brief support to someone who maybe in distress, how to support them to access Wellbeing and how the service can support your community by promoting all the opportunities on offer through it’s magazine and various networks.
After your training you will work closely with your Local Associate Coordinator who will support you if you are worried about someone you meet, they will keep you up-to-date on all the opportunities going on in Wellbeing that you may find interesting and they will use their connections to promote any classes, courses, jobs, activities or organisations that you come across in your community.
We hope this feels like an exciting and interesting opportunity to you!
If you have any more questions please do get in contact.