Cheshire West and Chester Council is bringing together a network of community champions so they can play their part to keep communities safe, share important information and advice with residents and report any feedback they may have.
This network will help build on the coordinated community response in west Cheshire since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Council will be working closely with partners, including Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and the rest of the community and voluntary sector, to promote community champions.
They can be anyone who has strong links with their local community and could share important information and advice about COVID-19. This includes people who have already volunteered during the pandemic, community organisations, charities and businesses.
By setting up this network, the Council will send regular, accessible information to community champions so they can quickly pass it on to anybody who needs to see it in their community, helping avoid any local lockdowns.
In the unfortunate circumstance there is an outbreak in west Cheshire, this will help get localised information out to the relevant communities so residents can act straightaway on any guidance.
Community champions will also be able to get in touch with dedicated Council teams should they think improvements could be made in their communities.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The way our communities have come together over the last couple of months has been truly inspiring.
“There is a lot of goodwill in our communities and people want to play their part wherever they can.
“We’re bringing together a network of community champions because there are people out there who have expert knowledge about their local community and can help get the latest information and advice out to those who need to hear it.
“The only way we’re going to continue to beat this virus is by working together and this will encourage community champions to keep in touch with the Council, letting us know whether there is anything we should be looking at in their local community.
“Having community champions will help us manage our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.”