Interested in becoming a Community Champion in your local area?

Seashell is proud to have been selected to work in partnership with Disability Stockport, Stockport Council and the local community to deliver the ambitious Stockport Community Champions programme.

Stockport Community Champions is a borough-wide project that will connect with people who have been most at risk from Covid-19 or the effects of the pandemic, to reduce the impact of the virus on themselves and those around them. Importantly, this recognises and includes those with disabilities.

Seashell will be using its influence, connections, relationships and resources to help identify, recruit and train Community Champions, who are able to:

  • Ensure Stockport’s communities receive correct and consistent information about COVID-19 and wider health and wellbeing issues.
  • Equip individuals, groups, and organisations with the skills and knowledge they need to enable them to confidently pass on information about COVID-19 and wider health and wellbeing.
  • Ensure insight and views of people and communities are understood and influence messages and plans for COVID and wider health and wellbeing.

All organisations involved will collaborate via a network to share knowledge, learning and experience. A code of conduct has been developed which will underpin the way that Community Champions will work and all participants will be asked to sign up to this before starting in their role.

An essentials training programme has also been developed and this will form the induction which all Community Champions will be required to complete. This training may evolve over time based on feedback and should there be any substantial change in government guidance.

Seashell will deliver training to those Community Champions who come and join in this exciting community role. All participants will receive a certificate on completion of the training. There is also the opportunity to take advantage of additional training through Stockport College, Starting Point and through Stockport Council’s Learning Pool.

The project will engage with a range of services, groups and organisations and ensure disabled people’s voices are heard. Information will be collated for Health and Social Care services to understand what gaps in services arise and what areas to prioritise for future services.

We would be delighted to hear from you – whether you would like to volunteer or just find out more. Please contact stephen.pearson@seashelltrust.org.uk or ring 0161 610 0171.