Covid Champions Training Videos


Training is under way for Covid Community Champions to ensure key health messages are provided to the local population about the pandemic.

The champions have also prepared videos to highlight the importance of surge testing and vaccine availability.

The training was delviered by IMO Charity’s Farhana Social Patel

One Voice Blackburn, alongside Spring North, IMO Charity, Lancashire Council of Mosques, Blackburn YMCA and Youth Action are partners in the Covid Community Champions project, working specifically with people from BAME backgrounds. Our local BAME residents are one group that has been disproportionately affected by the long-term impact of the pandemic.

Organisations are working with Blackburn with Darwen Council to establish a local network of Covid Community Champions – volunteers who can help keep their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and networks up to date, by sharing the latest public health information from the Council and our local NHS.

Covid Community Champions are people from all areas of the borough, different cultural backgrounds and across age groups who all want to make a difference in their neighbourhoods and help local communities recover from the damaging impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Each organisation has recruited champions from throughout the Borough. The training, conducted by IMO Charity, started in mid-May, with the aim of passing key messages into the community, as well as gathering feedback from the local community to shape potential campaigns.

The partnership has already created a number of videos highlighting the importance of surge testing, and the availability of extra vaccines for those eligible, as there has been a rise in infections locally.

Sayyed Osman, the Council’s Strategic Director for Adults & Health, said:

“Our Covid Community Champions have a vital role to play in helping us get back to some kind of normality safely and while keeping control of virus rates across the borough.

“Blackburn with Darwen is just one of over 60 councils that have received funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on certain groups.

“Becoming a Covid Community Champion is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to see things return to normal and can help us reach more local people with important messages about doing so safely.

“If you can give a little of your time each week, please consider getting involved.”

Watch the champions videos: