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Announcing the opening of our community grants scheme

Stoke-on-Trent Community Health Champions

Today, 28th June 2021, we are pleased to announce that our community grants scheme is now open to applicants.

The Community Health Champion project recruits volunteers to share health messages with communities across the city.  The project aims to help people better understand health-related issues, taking action to improve their health and wellbeing.

The grant scheme announced today will help the city’s voluntary and community organisations to engage with the health literacy project.

Grass Roots grants of up to £2,000 are offered to small community groups, who will commit to at least one member of their group becoming a Community Health Champion.

Partner Organisation grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities and social enterprises. In return they will commit to at least two staff members or volunteers becoming Community Health Champions.

Community Health Champion volunteers work closely with the project team, their communities, and some of the city’s health professionals, to share health-related messages in innovative and locally relevant ways. It’s an engaging and creative opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in their communities.

Currently, the Community Health Champions project is focusing on the impacts of Covid-19. The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect everyone, even as lockdown restrictions ease. It’s just as important as ever that everyone understands how to protect each other from the virus, and to know what help is available.

Partnering with other community organisations, of all sizes, is a key element of the Community Health Champion project’s work, and having these grants available will help organisations to engage with this important work.

Zi Khumalo, the project’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “The role of the Community Health Champions is to communicate information at a very local level, in the most appropriate way, as well as to feedback any concerns that the community has.

“We know that people are more likely to trust information shared by someone like them, rather than faceless professionals.

“We’re really looking forward to working closely with some of the city’s other organisations to improve all residents’ health and wellbeing. Together we can make a real difference.”

The Community Health Champions Community Grants are now open for application.