Community Champions to offer COVID-19 advice with government award

Bassetlaw District Council has been awarded £169,400 to work with partners to engage with a range of local communities to spread information about the importance of the COVID-19 health messages, encourage vaccination and overcome any barriers.

Over £23 million funding has been allocated to 60 councils and voluntary groups across England to expand work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take up, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

Through the Community Champions scheme councils and voluntary organisations will deliver a wide range of measures to protect those most at risk - building trust, communicating accurate health information and ultimately helping to save lives.

Working with the Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service, the District Council has developed plans to use the funding to reach groups such as disabled people and people from ethnic minority backgrounds who according to the latest evidence are more likely to suffer long-term impacts and poor outcomes from COVID-19. 

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of the Council said, “We are delighted to have secured this funding into Bassetlaw. Working with our partners it will help us to reach communities that require further support and guidance on a range of matters relating to Coronavirus.  We are committed to engaging with and reaching as many people as possible who may be in at risk groups locally and helping them through the pandemic, and ultimately getting them vaccinated.”

Working closely with Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (CVS), the Community Champions will be recruited from within these communities in order to build trust, provide engaging and accurate communications and ultimately help to save lives.

Catherine Burn, Chief Executive Officer of Bassetlaw CVS said, “It is absolutely essential that as many members of our community receive and understand the health messages and that we understand and address any concerns about vaccination. The Community Champions will help to ensure we reach out to spread these messages”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 9, 2021