Annual Community and Maternity Champions Conference
“The Community Champions Programme offers a range of activities aimed to improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and develop community cohesion. The program operates across RBKC and WCC and comprises 11 Community Champion projects. Each is based in neighbourhoods that have the highest health inequalities in the boroughs.
In November, I attended the 10th Annual Community and Maternity Champions Conference with Michelle Poponne (Community Development Manager). This conference is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Champions, whilst also providing space to think together about how to tackle issues faced within the community.
At the event, Michelle and I facilitated an adult mental health workshop with Champion volunteers and partners. The conversation was useful for us to learn how we can improve as a service to better meet the needs of local residents. Themes that came up were improving trusted referral pathways, the importance of self-care and taking a holistic approach to health.
The discussion was also valuable for us to share information about the variety of services Community Living Well offers. Many Community Champions noted that they looked forward to suggesting our services to friends, family and neighbours in the future.”
– Isabel Gillespie, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 1st December 2022