Health champions to “tell it how it is” on issues

Megan Vickery, left, with Valerie Schofield.
Megan Vickery, left, with Valerie Schofield.

Staff and volunteers from community groups in Brighouse are being sought as champions to have their say and “tell it how it is” when it comes to health issues.

The NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) is seeking a new batch of Engagement Champions as part of the Health Connections project.

The project, funded by the CCG, helps to connect the voluntary and community sectior with the NHS, support groups to become more sustainable and business ready so that they can deliver NHS services for the CCG.

Health Champions will be involved in the engagement and consultation work and will act as valuable conduits between the two sectors.

Rastrick GP Dr Alan Brook, chair of NHS Calderdale CCG, said: “All our engagement champions are local people, living and working in some of our most deprived communities or working with some of our most marginalised people.

“By investing in these local people and asking them to talk with their residents or clients, we will be able to really understand those that we seldom hear from. This will provide the CCG and other health partners with a rich picture of local needs.”

Lisa Okonkwo, from St George’s Community Trust, said: “Being part of the Engagement Champion project has meant that we have been able to engage with our local community to help shape its future with regards to health and social care services.”

Training sessions for the voluntary project will be held in the town. Sessions in Brighouse begin on October 9.

Champions will attend four sessions. For more information, contact Megan Vickery on 01422 431094.