11th May 2021
New investment to support communities in Wellingborough
Made With Many are happy to be helping with the Community Champions programme, a project led by Support Northamptonshire in Wellingborough. Funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and North Northamptonshire Council, Community Champions is aimed at supporting communities adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Wellingborough, the Community Champions Programme aims to support people from Black (Asian, African-Caribbean and African) communities and Disabled people (people with physical or sensory disabilities, learning disabilities and long-term medical conditions).
Partners are currently recruiting Community Champions from local communities with the aim to accelerate the offering of helpful COVID-19 advice, guidance and vaccination information to the community to ensure that people remain safe, healthy and happy. Community Champions will provide practical help to enable IT access, access to food and other provisions as well as encouraging people to take part in events and activities that contribute positively to physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The Community Champions Programme’s ultimate objective is to save lives by communicating the most accurate and up-to-date Covid-19 health information and building trust with local people and communities.
Pratima Dattani, from Support Northamptonshire, commented:
“Black communities and disabled people have experienced higher number of deaths through Covid-19, greater hospital admissions and more people have needed greater reassurance to take vaccinations. The combination of community-led support and a varied programme of creative sessions and practical help will offer these communities the support they need to live safe, healthy and happy lives.”
Gill Chapman from North Northamptonshire Council added:
“We are fortunate to have been supported by MHCLG to lead a Community Champions scheme in Wellingborough. This will support some of the communities most impacted by COVID-19 and offer reassurance and guidance over the next important stages.”
For more information from the Community Champions watch their videos.
For further details contact Andy Gilyead at Support Northamptonshire on 07704 469212 or email Andy.Gilyead@supportnorthamptonshire.org.uk