The Walsall COVID-19 Community Champions Programme is primarily aimed at supporting residents from our ethnic minority communities, people with disabilities and under-represented groups who may be most at risk from 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 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the role of Community Champions is:
to help increase vaccination uptake
to prevent the spread of COVID-19
to tackle the spread of misinformation around COVID-19 and the vaccine
to reduce the impact of the virus on families, neighbourhoods and wider communities
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.
Information for residents
If you are aged 18+, living or working in Walsall and you would like to find out more or be part of the Community Champions programme, you can contact one of 14 organisations listed below.