COVID-19 and the steps being taken to manage the virus and protect us continue to impact everyone in Wolverhampton. As new advice and guidance is released, it’s now more important than ever that people in Wolverhampton stay up to date and know how to protect themselves and others. 

That’s why we are looking for COVID-19 Community Champions, to help us share the information and guidance.  

As a volunteer, you will receive the latest information and advice to share with families, friends and your local community, along with training to help you do so. This will include advice about how to stay safe and slow the spread of the virus, details about what extra support is available locally and facts to address misinformation and myths about vaccination. 

Community Champions will also be able to discuss suggestions and issues with each other, so we can all share good ideas, understand what works and address any concerns. 

Together we can make sure that everyone in Wolverhampton has the information they need to stay safe, help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives.

Who can become a COVID-19 Community Champion? 

Anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Wolverhampton can volunteer to become a community champion.

You do not need formal qualifications. We’re looking for people who are passionate about making sure their local community has the latest advice and accurate information to keep safe and reduce the spread of the virus.

You will need to have good social skills, be reliable and be able to appreciate other people’s rights to make their own decisions.

When you sign up to be a Community Champion:

  • You will receive an email with a link to your Welcome Pack

  • You will get weekly updates on the latest information about COVID-19 including vaccinations
  • You can use resources from a toolkit of posters, leaflets and social media in a range of languages

  • You can share this information with anyone you want in your local community, however you want to

  • You can let us know what is and isn’t working

  • You’ll be a voice for those around you and make a positive impact on your community
How to apply? 

If you live or work in Wolverhampton and are over 18, you can apply to become a COVID-19 Community Champion even if it is your first time volunteering.

No formal training is necessary, but you will need to be able to receive emails and have access to a mobile phone.

You will receive a welcome pack and be sent the latest information about COVID-19 each week. You’ll also have access to different resources like posters, leaflets and other information in a range of different languages.

Apply to become a COVID-19 Community Champion

FAQs
What skills do I need?

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a COVID-19 Community Champion. We are looking for people who are passionate about making sure their community receives up to date information, have good social skills, are sensitive and caring towards others, are reliable and appreciates other people’s right to make their own decisions. 

What will I do as a Community Champion? 

You will be a point of contact within your community (such as family, friends, neighbourhood, place of worship or community organisation) and will be expected to pass on advice and guidance about COVID-19 and the vaccination to the community. We hope you will also encourage other people to become Community Champions too.

How will I get the latest information? 

We’ll send you an update each week so you can get the latest COVID-19 information. You’ll also have access to a range of posters, leaflets and social media posts and be invited to join online information sessions and discussions.

Is information available in different languages? 

Information will be available in a range of different languages for you to use.

What if I no longer want to be a Community Champion?

You can opt out of being a Community Champion at any time. To do so, please email us at community.champions@wolverhampton.gov.uk and we will remove your details from the database.

Code of conduct

We Will:

  • Provide training on key COVID immunisation messages
  • Provide support to deliver the messages within your community
  • Provide a support network of peers who are also community champions
  • Provide access to real-time Covid messaging and publications
  • Provide access to training on use of social media #COVIDVaccine and #WVCommunityChamps
  • Provide key contact for Ambassadors and Specialist Community Champions
  • Provide regular opportunities for feedback
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation forms

We Ask You To:

  • Maintain professional conduct at all time, as you will be representing the City. 
  • Not to make political statements in respect of the Coronavirus arrangements. 
  • Not to debate merits of the guidance or criticise the government, council or partners – if somebody is incorrect, simply signpost to the correct information. This is to ensure that key messages are not undermined. 
  • Deliver the messages across your community. Please do not answer any questions you are unaware of and please refer residents to this webpage for any questions and queries they may have.
  • Not to edit the community messaging or translate out of context and ensure accurate information is shared at all times. All guidance shared is from Central Government. 
  • Attend training sessions and ask for support or clarification when required 
  • Circulate real-time Covid messaging and publications across your social media platforms using #COVIDVaccine and #WVCommunityChamps 
  • Encourage those who have had the vaccine to share their positive stories. 
  • Work in collaboration with Ambassadors and Specialist Community Champions. 
  • Provide regular feedback and share data.
Social media

We regularly post COVID-19 virus and vaccine information on social media, along with other useful links and resources. You can keep up to date with the posts by following #WVCommunityChamps and #Covidvaccine. Remember to use #WVCommunityChamps and #Covidvaccine in your posts too, so we can share them, and remember to only share posts from trusted sources.

16448