People in Barnsley who are interested in helping to shape the way local health services are delivered are being asked to sign up as Community Health Champions as part of a project provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The Altogether Better Barnsley project is looking for people to help services in Barnsley provide the best possible care, support and information to those in the local community. Working on a voluntary basis, people interested will be given training and the opportunity to give their opinion about what is good in local health services and what could be improved.
To support people to become Community Health Champions, Altogether Better Barnsley is holding two day training courses, running between 10am – 3pm at:
• Shaw Lane Rugby Club on 11 and 18 February 2014
• Priory Campus on 21 and 28 March 2014
Laura Dixon, Altogether Better Barnsley project development officer explained, “Becoming a Health Champion is a great way of supporting your local community; you’ll help to shape how health services are provided and support people in your area to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is also a great way to boost your CV as many other Health Champions have gone onto find paid work in health services.
“We are particularly interested in people who want to volunteer around pregnancy and early years services. Anyone interested should take part in our two day training which provides all of the support and information necessary to become a Community Health Champion.”
Steven Michael, chief executive added, “This is a great opportunity for people in Barnsley to support others to make positive lifestyle changes and live well in their community. Being a Community Health Champion can boost your own confidence and self-esteem whilst helping to improve local health services.”
If you would like to find out more, contact the Altogether Better Barnsley team on 01226 433351, email swy-tr.AltogetherBetterBarnsley@nhs.net. You can also find the team on Facebook by searching Altogether Better Barnsley.