Health champions to ‘to tell how it is’

Megan Vickery, left, with Valerie Schofield.
Megan Vickery, left, with Valerie Schofield.
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Staff and volunteers from community groups are being sought as health 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 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 sector with the NHS, and support groups to become more sustainable and business ready so that they can deliver NHS services for the CCG.

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.”

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 at Brighouse, Halifax and Hebden Bridge.

Sessions at Brighouse begin on October 9, Halifax on November 9 and Hebden Bridge on October 14.

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