In November 2008 Sheffield Well-being Consortium (now Sheffield Cubed) was successful in securing a three year contract with Sheffield City Council to establish, maintain and support a participant led network that empowers volunteer ‘Community Health Champions’, recruited from Sheffield’s most deprived neighbourhoods, to improve the health and well-being of their communities. Due to the success of the project over the course of the first three years, Sheffield City Council extended Sheffield Cubed contract until September 2016, allowing us to continue to develop and support the network of Community Health Champions. We have a range of Health Champion Project each with a specific focus. Sheffield Cubed co-ordinates these across the city to manage the programme of Health champion activity and share best practice. Health Champions work within their community to promote healthy eating, physical activity and mental well-being through a range of activities. Each of the Health Champion projects is delivered through a number of host organisations. These are third sector providers who are members of Sheffield Cubed. They are responsible for recruiting and supporting an allocated number of volunteer Community Health Champions who work in their communities to improve Health & Well being. Details of specific Health Champion projects are below:
Community Health Champions
This project is delivered through 14 of our member organisations. These organisations host the Community Health Champions meaning they have direct responsibility for recruiting and supporting the volunteers.
Community Health Champions to work in their own communities to tackle health inequality and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. They do this through a diverse range of interventions including both one-to-one and group support. The volunteers know their communities and are trusted by individuals as independent from public and statutory services. The volunteers are local experts able to signpost people to a wide range of local services and support and they are working to build even greater social capital over the duration of this contract extension.
The current member organisations are:
- Autism Plus
- Darnall Dementia
- Darnall Wellbeing
- Heeley City Farm
- Manor and Castle Development Trust
- Pakistan Advice and Community Association
- Sharrow Shipshape
- Sheffield Mind
- St John the Baptist Family Development
- Stocksbridge Community Care Group
- Yemini Community Association
We are excited to be able to include new, smaller host organisations from among our membership in this contract extension. They will be joining the existing hosts to deliver the project in the autumn.
Project Lead is Megan Ohri firstname.lastname@example.org