VANEL’s Community Health Champion’s Project Awarded Funding From The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation has awarded Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire’s (VANEL) Community Health Champion’s (CHC) Project with a grant of £6,250. The donation was presented to Community Health Champion Project Coordinator Vickie Ehret and VANEL’s Chief Officer, Paula Grant at the Cleethorpes’ branch of the supermarket chain in Laceby on Thursday 6th October 2016. Also in attendance were Morrison’s Community Champion’s Chris Harrison, Amanda Stevenson and Duty Manager Mark Rowston.

The funding the Morrisons Foundation has provided will be used to promote healthy living messages to children, young people and adults across North East Lincolnshire. The project aims to raise awareness of health and wellbeing related interventions that are available locally, and to encourage people to take advantage of them in order to improve their lives. Community Health Champion Project Coordinator, Vickie Ehret has secured a regular spot at Morrisons in Laceby, and will be holding a stall where people can receive information on, and be signposted to, organisations and agencies that can offer help and support with things like healthy eating, mental health and smoking cessation, to name a few. The stalls will also serve as an opportunity to recruit people aged 16 or over to become volunteer Community Health Champions, delivering health and wellbeing messages across North East Lincolnshire. Vickie, and her team of volunteer Community Health Champions will be going out into the community in places such as schools, colleges and churches, to promote and increase awareness of health related issues. People who have benefitted from using the Community Health Champions service and have taken steps to improve their lifestyle in some way, are encouraged to become a Community Health Champion themselves. Not only would becoming a volunteer help to keep them motivated and on track with their own health targets, but they would have first-hand experience of what it is like to make a change within their own lives, and use this to encourage others to do the same.

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Accepting the Grant: L-R Morrisons Duty Manager Mark Rowston, Community Champion Chris Harrison, VANEL’s Chief Officer Paula Grant, Community Champion Amanda Stevenson and VANEL’s Community Health Champion Project Coordinator Vickie Ehret.

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All Community Health Champion volunteers will be enrolled on CERTA’s accredited Health Champion Level 1 training course. Where applicable, there will also be an opportunity for CHC volunteers to obtain further qualifications such as Dementia Awareness, Mental Health first aid and Drugs Awareness, to name a few. Becoming a Community Health Champion volunteer would be particularly useful for anyone wishing to study or gain employment within the health care sector. Current volunteers with a background in health and wellbeing are also encouraged to apply. This however is not a requirement, and anyone with an interest in delivering health and wellbeing messages is eligible to become a Community Health Champion.

Community Health Champion’s Project Coordinator Vickie Ehret said: “I’m really pleased that we have secured funding from the Morrisons Foundation to continue and develop the Community Health Champions project. The funding will enable us to deliver messages about health and wellbeing to a wider audience within North East Lincolnshire as well as recruit volunteers”.

Vickie and the Community Health Champions team will be holding a stall at the Cleethorpes’ branch of  Morrisons in Laceby on the 19th October, 16th November and 14th December 2016 from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

For more information about the Community Health Champions project or to apply to become a volunteer, please contact CHC project coordinator Vickie Ehret. Email Vickie@vanel.org.uk

Tel: (01472) 231 123