Community Champions

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Helping to transform people’s lives

Community Champions is aimed at helping isolated or lonely people (over 60) to change their lives for the better in Harborough District. Community Champions will help people find out what’s happening in their neighbourhood, support them to enjoy activities, socialise and make new friends, show them the benefits of the internet, especially if they’re housebound, achieve their personal goals, whatever they may be, and overcome challenges and difficulties by focusing on the positives.

In a nutshell, we want to help good things happen for people, not just when our staff and volunteers are with them, but all the time.

In June 2017 we were delighted to hear that Community Champions had been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to fund us for five years which will transform what we are able to achieve. You can see our news article about that here

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Benefits of  having a Community Champion

 Access a range of information, groups and support in the community and online
Build friendships, reconnect with friends and family in the community and online
Take action to make life better, by planning practical steps to make changes
Highlight strengths, skills and gifts
Support to enjoy new opportunities
Get your voice heard, including support to speak to services and professionals
Get the right support from local services, to help people live life to the full

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Could you, or someone you know benefit?

Live the life you want to live…
Everyone has the right to live a full and satisfying life. Whether you want to make new friends, discover how the internet can open up your world, enjoy a new group or class, or achieve something that’s important to you, we can help.

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Rediscover who you are…
Over a year, one of our caring, experienced volunteers will help you achieve your personal goals and overcome life’s challenges, by giving you support, practical help and information. Together, you’ll focus on the positives, including your unique qualities, attributes and interests, enabling you to live a fuller, happier life.

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Volunteer for us

We’re looking for caring people to volunteer their time and skills, to help isolated or lonely people reconnect with their local community, discover new opportunities and achieve their personal goals, with your support, encouragement and companionship.

So what are we looking for?

Community Champions
Visit isolated or lonely older people at home and encourage them to broaden their horizons by trying out local groups, activities etc. You’ll be matched to the person you support for a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to really make a difference to their lives.

Telephone Champions
Call isolated and lonely people on a regular basis, giving them companionship, support and practical help and information.

Digital Champions

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Visit isolated and lonely people at home and show them how to use and benefit from the internet, both practically and socially, whether on a tablet or laptop etc. There’s a world of online information and support out there, as well as communities of like-minded people and fun, enriching activities and you’ll help people discover this and more

All our Digital Champions are trained on how to deliver this and you can see some of them with our trainer Steve above. Below is a link showing our volunteers and Digipals taking their City & Guild exam –   It isn’t compulsory to take it but it really helped to boost their confidence.

http://vasl.org.uk/ssshhhhh-exam-in-progress

Email Champions

Send a weekly e-mail to provide social contact to an older lonely person and signpost relevant information. This method of communication also enables older people to develop and use their digital skills.

Letter Champions ( Pen Pals)

Write to an older person regularly to share news, communicate about mutual hobbies / interests and provide external interest eg, sending postcards from different places.

“Go to” Champions
Network of people and organisations we can rely on to know their local area and suggest ideas for our Community Champions.

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How will you benefit?

As well as enjoying the rewards of enriching people’s lives and taking part in an exciting community project, volunteering could also help you build your skills, experience and confidence, boost your CV, meet new friends and connect with a wide range of local people and organisations. Full training will be provided.

To find out more…

Read our   Newsletters

Simply download – Community Champions Leaflet

 

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Call – 01858 439 262
Fax – 01858 410047
Email – champions@vasl.org.uk

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