South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to become volunteer Practice Health Champions to help improve health and wellbeing in the Calderdale community.
Practice Health Champions are volunteers that support their local GP practice or surgery to help local communities improve their health and wellbeing – by helping people to access the right services for them as well as representing their community and its views.
Volunteer Practice Health Champions are now being recruited to support Horne Street, Church Lane and Keighley Road surgeries and Beechwood Medical centre. Being a Practice Health Champion is an opportunity for people to gain new skills and experience; work alongside health professionals and increase their knowledge about local health services.
All Practice Health Champions are asked to give three hours of their time each week to support their local GP practice.
To find out more about the role and what it involves, the Trust is inviting anyone who would like to become a Practice Health Champion to attend an induction session on Wednesday 6th May. The session will run from 9.45am to 3.00pm, with lunch provided at the Elsie White Innovation Centre in Halifax.
Petra Gordon, Health Improvement Practitioner at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Practice Health Champions can help make a real difference in the local community by helping GP practices to engage with their patients through the activities they deliver to promote health and wellbeing.
“Volunteering is very rewarding – not only do people learn and share knowledge and skills – they also build relationships and meet new friends. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in local health issues or wellbeing to sign up to become a practice health champion and support their community.”