Liverpool City Council has been successful in securing funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to deliver the Community Champions Programme. The funding is to support BAME communities and people with disabilities who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid 19.
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It is proposed that Community Champions will be based within existing voluntary and community sector organsiations and support existing public health communication strategies.
Common Job descriptions will include:
– Regular street level engagement- at the front door, shops and businesses
– Regular online engagement- on mutual aid and community Facebook groups.
– Identifying, supporting and bolstering the positive work that the community, local leaders and informal champions already do.
– Support a new cycle of intelligence with LCC and MHCLG:
– Listening to individuals within the target group, and ensuring their voices are heard by LCC and other key networks (e.g. through Community Cohesion Forum)
– Developing and delivering initiatives that build trust between key organisations and the target group/ community.
– Checking individual and community understanding of new information and guidance.
– Organising and delivering health promoting activities
– Motivating, empowering and supporting individuals, families and communities to access the services they need.
– Leading community engagement efforts in the case of local outbreaks and key policy changes (e.g. testing, vaccines, lockdown measures)
– Working with LCC Communications and Public Health teams to co-produce messages, assets and resources, so that they are useful to the target group.
Guidance on completion of an Expression of Interest
If you are interested in expressing an interest in hosting a Community Champion please complete the attached form and return it to Communitychampions@liverpool.gov.uk by 12.00 noon on 1st March 2021.
It is expected that the funding transferred to hosting organisations will include salary costs (expected to be approx. £29,000) plus on costs and additional operational expenses. The Expression of interest gives you an opportunity to explain how you will host a champion, how it will complement the work you do and support Covid Recovery.
We currently have funding for 7 possibly 8 posts and expect they will be spread across a number of hosting organisations but work collectively.
The applications will be considered by a panel and organisations may be contacted for clarification of information in the EOI of for a follow up meeting.
If you require additional information please send any enquiries into firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect to make the decisions and notify the successful applicants by mid-March 2021 and successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement and recruit to the post by the end of April 2021.
We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about the future Community Champion Programme.