The Diabetes Champions project is funded by the Public Health teams in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils.
 
The aim of the project is to increase the numbers of people engaging with support to reduce their risk of Type 2 Diabetes, primarily the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. Diabetes Champions are volunteers who either have experience of Type 2 Diabetes themselves or have cared for someone with Type 2 Diabetes. They will receive in-depth training on Type 2 Diabetes, lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of Diabetes and strategies and tools to support behaviour change.
 
Diabetes Champions are based in GP practices and receive referrals from GPs, Health Care Assistants and nurses, as well as being contacted directly by patients themselves. In weekly clinics, the Champions will meet with patients who have been identified as being at risk of Type 2 Diabetes but who are not engaging with support offered. The Champions will offer information, encouragement and empowerment to patients to take ownership of their situation, set their own goals for their health and take actions to achieve them. Due to the amount of time they will be able to spend with patients, their shared language skills, experiences or more informal approach they will be able to provide support in ways that GP practice staff are not able to.

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Diabetes Champions Recruitment

Download the Job Pack here (PDF)
 
We are looking for outstanding volunteers who are passionate about supporting people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes to join our team of Diabetes Champions. This is a very interesting role that will give volunteers a chance to make a real difference to lives of people in their community.

Diabetes Champions are local people who volunteer on a weekly basis in a GP Practice, providing one to one peer support to people identified as being at risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The aim of this support is to help people engage with activities and changes that reduce their risk of developing Diabetes. This could be through listening, helping them understand what it means to be at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, identifying barriers to lifestyle change and supporting people to set personal goals and achieve them.

This is a voluntary role and Champions would need to commit to volunteering between 3 and 6 hours per week. Champions will be supported and managed by the Diabetes Champions Project Manager.
For more information about the role, what it involves and what we are looking for in a Champion, please see the recruitment pack attached.

To apply for this role please send a CV and personal statement to Ana Ndekwe at [email protected]
In the personal statement you should set out:
• Why you are interested in being a Diabetes Champion
• What is your personal experience of Diabetes
• What makes you a good Diabetes Champion
• Details of any second languages spoken

 
If you have any questions about the role or need any support with your job pack please contact
Ana Ndekwe on 07784 955 737 or email [email protected]
On receipt of your CV and personal statement, Ana will be in touch for an informal phone conversation about the role, followed by a face to face meeting.
 

Recruitment advert (for download PDF)

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DIABETES AWARENESS CHAMPIONS CASESTUDY

Tesco shoppers pick up Diabetes Awareness with their groceries!

The Diabetes Champions descended on the Tesco Superstore on West Cromwell Road, Kensington, raising awareness amongst weekend shoppers of how to prevent and and manage Type 2 Diabetes. The condition is an increasing problem in the area with 10% of the population expected to be sufferers by 2035.

For three days, 10 Champions ran two engaging stalls by each of the store’s entrances, giving out information  to shoppers and conducting diabetes risk assessments and  blood pressure checks.

Funded by Public Health and the local CCGs, and based at PDT, the Champions are local volunteers who receive large amounts of specialist training on Diabetes ranging from its causes and symptoms to how to manage the condition through diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

Overall the Champions spoke to 780 people and carried out 37 risk assessments – a fantastic achievement and huge contribution to helping local residents avoid or manage their diabetes and live healthier and happier lives.

please click on this page link Publications to view Westminster Community Champions end of year report 17 - 18 and the Community Champions Social Return on Investment evaluation October 2017 - May 2018

 

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