New community health scheme looking for volunteers

Katherine Johnston (17 November, 2020)

Ambassadors will help people who may not speak fluent English, or lack access to information online

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A new community health scheme is calling on volunteers to sign up and help people across the borough adapt to the ‘new normal’. 

The scheme, set up by Southwark Council and Community Southwark, is looking to recruit ‘Community Health Ambassadors’ to a network dedicated to helping prevent COVID-19 from spreading and keeping residents up to date with the latest advice.

Councillor Evelyn Akoto, cabinet member for public health and community safety, said: “COVID-19, and the restrictions we must follow, continue to impact all of us in Southwark. 

“I know people are getting tired of being home and away from families and friends, but it is vital to help keep our borough safe, especially the most vulnerable among us.

“The vast majority of people will be aware of what restrictions are in place but there may be some communities where, for example, English isn’t their first language or they aren’t digitally active.

“Our Ambassadors will play an important role in ensuring their community gets the information they need, and that their voice is heard by telling us about the barriers and difficulties their specific community is facing, which will help us better respond to vulnerable communities.”

Chris Mikata-Pralat, CEO at Community Southwark, added:  “We all know that everyone’s circumstances are different – by becoming an ambassador you have the chance to tell us the difficulties your specific communities are facing in following the guidance and coping with this ‘new normal’.”

For more information and to sign up, visit: https://www.communitysouthwark.org/community-health-ambassadors-network

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