Community Health champions

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18 volunteers from Armagh, Coalisland and Dungannon were recently presented with certificates in recognition of their Community Health Champions OCN Level 2 Award.

Community Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily bring their ability to relate to people and their own life experience to transform health and well-being in their communities.

Empowering communities to improve health and wellbeing is a central theme in Making Life Better, and is a key priority for the Southern Trust. The Trust worked in partnership with Neighbourhood Renewal and the Big Lottery funded ‘REACH’ project (who jointly funded the training of the Community Health Champions) to address issues that impact on our health and wellbeing, particularly amongst those in our communities who need additional support.

Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) delivered the Community Health Champions training over three days which addressed the social model of health and community empowerment.

According to the World Health Organisation: “Health for all will be achieved by people themselves, A well informed, well-motivated and actively participating community is a key element for the attainment of the common goal.”

Lynne Smart, Acting Head of Health Improvement for the Southern Trust congratulated the Community Health Champions on completing their training and said:

“You bring great life experience and local knowledge which will enable you to make a real difference to improving health and wellbeing with individuals, families and groups in your community. The Trust Promoting Wellbeing team looks forward to continuing to support you in this role”

The Trust has extended thanks to the Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, The Big Lottery, the PHA and CDHN NI for their support and funding.