Community Champion – voluntary job position
Over a two year period, with the support of Public Health England (PHE), HOOP has created a network of Community Champions with personal experience of obesity to provide a range of transformational support activities. Each Community Champion has supported local actions with local healthcare professionals and offered opportunities to engage with obese people across England.
The Community Champion Project is seen by HOOP as the start of a network of experts by experience who can continue to meet, support each other and engage in a 2 way dialogue with the services in their area long after the project finishes in December 2016.
Community Champions benefit from developing a new set of transferable skills through an ongoing training programme. They will receive the help and support of HOOP and PHE along with the opportunity to be involved in effecting change in their own and the lives of others.
Location: We are interested in hearing from potential Community Champions in all areas across England but have a specific interest in North East, South West, East Anglia and Swale in Kent.
Reporting to: Lesley McCormack, CEO/Trustee
Job role purpose: To voluntarily set up and lead a local HOOP Group – an inclusive member support and representation network for up to 30 local people who are struggling with experience of obesity.
- Undertake Community Champions Induction Training weekend
- Undertake 3 separate training days in addition to the weekend
- Report regularly to the Project Manager
- Identify local weight management/obesity support services
- Connect with and maintain contact with local healthcare & weight management professionals
- Recruit HOOP Group members, up to 30 per group focusing on individuals who are struggling with weight related issues
- Plan a series of HOOP Group member support activities, (including for example social walking groups)
- To manage a small working budget
- To identify and take part in fundraising with a view to creating sustainability
- Provide opportunities for networking and signposting through mutual support to HOOP Group members
- Contribute to the Community Champions evaluation, which will include participating in focus groups and facilitating completion of questionnaires by group members.
- Good communication skills
- Basic IT skills, including familiarity with social media
- Good organisational skills
- Ability to delegate and influence
- Presentation skills
- Able to network effectively
- An ‘expert by experience’ – understanding of the issues surrounding obesity and a willingness to share their story
- Enthusiastic and passionate
- Willing to learn new skills
- Flexible and adaptable
- Friendly and professional
- Encouraging and supportive
- Keen to collaborate