Community champions

We have received £318,000 through the government’s Community Champions scheme to put measures in place to support groups most at risk from coronavirus, including people with disabilities, people from ethnic minorities, and those without access to the internet.

Warrington Disability Partnership, alongside Warrington Voluntary Action, have been commissioned to deliver the project and funding will be used to expand work to support those most at risk from coronavirus and encourage vaccine take up in Warrington.

What are 'Community Champions'?

A mix of paid staff and volunteers who work directly with local communities to communicate the latest accurate health information to residents.

They will be a trusted voice in their local community, working to encourage take up of the COVID vaccine, as more people become eligible to receive their jab. They will also feedback any issues or questions from residents to help make sure the right support is being offered, at the right time.

How will they engage with communities?

Community Champions will use a range of methods and materials to communicate timely and accurate information. They will receive relevant training and regular updates so they are able to support communities.


The champions will engage with members of their community through 'COVID Chats'.

These will be short, formal conversations with local people to find out how they are feeling at that moment in time about coronavirus, vaccinations and testing. This will help us to understand what is needed in terms of updated information, advice and guidance.

People engaged with will have the opportunity to take up further support on a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives including:

  • COVID myth-busting
  • building back confidence and independence
  • understanding the effects of COVID on disabled people
  • lifestyle, health and wellbeing workshops

Information can also be provided in a wide range of accessible formats, including:

  • other languages
  • large print
  • braille
  • easy read
  • video with sign language 

You can also request that the Community Champions join you at local meetings and events.

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP)

WDP has a team of 11 Community Champions - Ebony, Derek, Dave, Leigh, Ellen, Tom, Laura, Kate, Nick, Esstta and Lyndsey - all of whom have lived experience of disabilities and/or long-term health conditions, ranging from physical, invisible, learning, neurodiverse and sensory disabilities.

The team can provide information, advice and guidance to communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in an appropriate and accessible way. They are available to provide support and answers to any questions or concerns you may have regarding the vaccination programme, testing and the government's roadmap.

Several members of the team have experience of having COVID-19, several others have experienced shielding during the pandemic, and all members of the team have received both doses of the vaccine, and can speak about their experiences.

As a team, they are aware that many people’s confidence and independence has been reduced and impacted due to the pandemic, so they are able to provide advice and support to help you build back confidence and independence, offering bespoke information, advice and guidance to enable everyone to find a comfortable path back to normality.

As the project develops the champions will be using feedback and comments received directly from communities to inform their outreach and resources to ensure they are relevant to your needs.

Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA)

WVA has appointed two Community Champions – Atefeh and Shaylah – who are available to support people in Warrington. Their focus is on supporting people from Black, Asian, minority ethnic groups and the Eastern European Community.

They have started to work closely with the Polish Centre of Education and Culture who have designated Iwona and Sylwia as their Community Champions to support local Polish communities. They are also working closely with Warrington Ethnic Communities Association and Citizens Advice to extend their reach to the most at-risk communities.

WVA's champions will also play a key role in ensuring support is inclusive for people whose first language isn’t English. They will work to engage with members, networks and beneficiaries through existing channels, support local testing and vaccination sites, provide additional telephone and online engagement, and share relevant messages through social media.

During the coming months, Atefeh, Shaylah and WVA’s army of volunteer Champions will be out in the community sharing COVID-19 vaccine advice and information to boost local vaccination take-up and to providing any necessary guidance and support.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about the project, or would like to speak to a Community Champion, please contact:

For people who have a disability or long-term health condition:

For Black, Asian, minority ethnic groups and the Eastern European Community: