Health & Wellbeing in Stoke-on-Trent: the year ahead for Community Health Champions

The next year of Community Health Champions will support the Health and Wellbeing Strategy’s priorities in Stoke-on-Trent, moving beyond COVID-19 to support communities to live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Our network of Community Health Champions helps local people to understand health-related information within their community, through clear and direct health messaging. And the health and wellbeing of our communities is at the heart of everything we do.

As we look towards the year ahead, we’re pleased to announce that our aims and mission for the next 12 months will be closely aligned with the Stoke-on-Trent Health and Wellbeing Board’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2025.

We will continue to provide Champions with the resources they need to enable people to make informed choices and to live with COVID-19 safely, but we will be focusing our messages on the strategy’s four themes:

  • Start well: getting the healthiest start in life and developing well into childhood.
  • Live well: promoting good physical and mental health and supporting people to maintain independence.
  • Age well: living well into old age and providing the best end-of-life care.
  • Healthy city: living in a healthy home and environment, building strong communities, and supporting sustainable employment and skills.

We know from feedback from networking sessions and the issues that have been raised by champions, that the strategy’s themes capture many of the issues that champions and local communities are passionate about. Through this alignment of Community Health Champions and the strategy, we can ensure that communities are at the heart of developing activity to meet the challenges identified as well as enabling the right information to reach the communities that need it.

Which is exactly the reason the Community Health Champions project was created; to provide clear, concise, easy to share health-related information, enabling others to understand the health matters, to make informed choices, and improve their health and wellbeing.

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