Young Health Champions

The Young Health Champions project recruits and trains young people to provide their peers with important information about health and support them in making positive lifestyle changes and accessing support.

Through workshops, presentations and group lessons our Young Health Champions help to educate their peers about key issues affecting their health, including sexual health, physical health and mental health. By using volunteers as peer leaders the Young Health Champions will provide support and leadership to hard-to-reach young people so that they engage more effectively with local health and social care provision.

Young Health Champions also act as ‘young consultants’ to local health services and commissioning bodies, to ensure young people’s voices are heard and that services are effective at engaging and meeting the health needs of young people.

Who is it for?

Young Health Champions is aimed at young people aged 15-24 years old.

How can I be part of Young Health Champions?

Young people interested in becoming a Young Health Champion can access the project by getting in contact with the project Coordinator.

How can Young Health Champions help me?

  • Increased awareness of health issues -Young Health Champions improves knowledge of key health issues, including physical health, sexual health and mental health issues, enabling young people to start making changes to their attitudes and behaviours around these issues in the longer term.
  • Encouraging volunteers – Many of these young people are new to volunteering and those involved have increased their level of volunteering. Through becoming a Young Health Champion young people will increase their confidence and develop a range of skills, particularly around communication, public speaking and supporting peers. This will improve their employability as well as giving them valuable experience.
  • More positive health behaviours – Improvements to health behaviour are expected in drinking, giving up smoking and taking more regular exercise. All of these are proven to improve health and sustain healthy life expectancy.
  • Improving delivery & accountability of health services – Young Health Champions engage with health commissioners in developing and delivering health promotion and awareness sessions and in finding out the specific needs of young people around health.

Contact us

For more information on  Young Health Champions, get in touch with Gerald Chifamba, Young Health Champions Coordinator by email gerald.chifamba@ymca-cw.org.uk or call 075858 59204.

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