Special Health Messaging Programme

We are looking for volunteers to support some very special health messaging programmes.
 
As a volunteer you will receive additional opportunities for training, delivering information in community settings (to an audience or manning a health stall at an event) and will be fully supported
If you can speak a community language: Polish, Somali, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, etc. this could be an advantage.

Many people in some of our communities are shunned and/or dying through lack of awareness and information, stigma or fear.
There are some ethnicities within our communities who are at particular risk of not being able to live well through lack of information and awareness.
Many people do not access health information via usual communication channels. This could be that they don’t read English or are from a newly arrived community that are not familiar with accessible health services. This creates health inequalities.

We are looking for Health Champions who can help to address these issues by participating in targeted outreach sessions at community events, faith venues or through creating their own events and generally being able to disperse information.
 
The volunteering opportunities include:
 
Cancer Awareness Champions: 
We are looking for Health Champions who can help to address these issues by participating in targeted outreach sessions at community events, faith venues or through creating their own events.
Raise awareness of screening programmes for Bowel, Breast and Cervical Cancer and encourage people to visit their GP if they have concerns about symptoms they are experiencing.
and
Raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer, understanding that some communities need to receive information sensitively.
Information will be provided on the different screening programmes that are available as well as information about communities who are at highest risk of developing certain cancers.
 
If you would like to find out more information and/or to apply please contact Angela Dodwell:


Dementia Awareness Champions:
Lots of people think that Dementia is the term used for all types of memory loss as a person gets older and begins to ‘lose their marbles’ as the common saying goes. It is actually an umbrella term for over 100 different diseases of the brain of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The sooner someone who potentially has dementia gets a diagnosis the more likely they are to live longer without developing the disease as quickly however this is not true of all forms of dementia. 

Raise awareness of Dementia and will be provided with info on local services. They will be able to deliver short sessions and information around Dementia and will receive free one days training from the Alzheimer’s Society
You will also gain knowledge to be able to signpost people to further information, services and support for people living with dementia and their carers.
 
If you would like to find out more or to apply and find out more information please contact Angela Dodwell:

Posted: 1 January 2018