Westminster’s Community Champions volunteered for more than 5,600 hours over one year according to analysis.
The Community Champions programme brings people together to build strong communities and local services. Neighbourhood-based volunteers work on housing estates in the borough to promote health and wellbeing.
Champions run campaigns, community fun days, weekly activity groups and put residents in touch with local services to encourage everyone to think about health, particularly in areas with poorer health records.
To celebrate the work of these champions, the sixth annual Community Champions Conference is being held at Porchester Hall on Wednesday (28 November 2018), and this year’s theme is ‘Start Well, Stay Well and Age Well’.
It is an event which gives volunteers the opportunity to celebrate what they do, to learn from each other and to think about the future – with a variety of discussion sessions held.
Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, said:
“Our Community Champions do so much valuable work to help local people lead healthier lives.
“As volunteers, they give their time to make a big difference to the lives of people in their locality. So the Community Champions Conference is a great opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution they make.”
The conference, which will see performances from ‘Westminster Sings’ choirs and the junior champions choir, is being opened by Councillor Acton.
The Community Champions programme stemmed from 15 initiatives across the three boroughs.
In Westminster, there were 27 community events in 2017-18, bringing together health and social care providers with residents in our five areas. Nearly 7,000 people went along to these events in total, with between 50 and 1,000 at each. The volunteers from Westminster clocked up 5,699 hours of volunteering from April 2017 to March 2018.
Find out more about the Community Champions project at http://www.communitychampionsuk.org/teams/westminster/.
Notes for editors: Westminster City Council works in partnership with many organisations who support, train and work together with Community Champions to deliver the programme and activities.