Ever thought that you could put your skills to good use?

Would you like to help people in the local community to achieve their goals and potential? Do you have time to spare and skills you can share? Then becoming a  Community Champion may be just for you.

The next training session is here at the Lighthouse Project starting Monday 25th June.

There are no entry requirements – if you care about people and have some time to give then you can receive some free training and all the support that you need in order to help others.

We can help you to plan how your voluntary work will fit with a career plan or route back to work, help you to make sure that your volunteering fits with your life and commitments and provide you with all the training and support you need to get the most from this opportunity.

To register your interest, contact Nicola Keogh on 01706 926674 or nicola.keogh@rochdale.gov.uk

More information:

Rochdale borough’s Community Champions are residents who have excellent “people” skills; they care about their local area and have a high level of expertise based on their life experience.   They use their skills and attributes to help others in their community.

Community Champions:

  • help people at a time when they need some support
  • work with people to identify and clarify their goals; the person can work on any goals, but the emphasis is most usually on wellbeing, skills, employment or family matters
  • are trained and expert in using methods which help people to progress towards and achieve their goals

Types of support available:

  • All champions are trained in solution focused approaches and are able to provide support with literacy or communication, families and wellbeing.
  • Many champions also have training or skills in particular areas and can provide specialist support with:
  • English and maths, including English as a second language
  • Mental health
  • Life coaching
  • Helping your child with reading / homework
  • Advice and Guidance / Decision making
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Responding to domestic abuse
  • Financial issues
  • Health (including healthy lifestyles)
  • Getting the most out of life
  • Learning disabilities (including Autism and ASD)
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Most people are referred for support from a champion through a local organisation, but individuals can get in touch if they think a champion could help them.