City and Hackney Public Health Community Champions Programme

VCH, in partnership with Hackney CVS and City and Hackney Public Health, are proud to be leading on the Public Health Community Champions programme. The aim of the programme is to support the reduction in the transmission of COVID-19 in City and Hackney, by communicating important public health messages throughout our communities.

There are different ways for you to get involved with the programme:


We are looking for people who live, work or study in City or Hackney who want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by communicating public health messages amongst their personal networks: family, friends, colleagues, neighbours. As a Community Champion, you will receive regular messages from the VCH team, which can then be forwarded amongst your networks using a range of methods:

  • WhatsApp
  • E-mail
  • Text
  • Phone/Zoom calls
  • Social media channels

You will receive ongoing support from both Public Health and Volunteer Centre Hackney and will have the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns via e-mail, but also at regular online Forums.

We all have a role to play in combatting misinformation spreading in our communities. To apply, click here.

Thinking of becoming a Public Health Community Champions but haven’t made up your mind yet?

Would you like to find out more, meet some members of the team, and ask any questions you might have?

Make yourself a cup of tea and join us for one our 20 minute online introductory workshops:

Wed, 14 April 5:30pm

Tue, 20 April 12:30pm

Wed, 21 April 5:30pm

Tue, 27 April 12:30pm

Wed 28 April 5:30pm

Click here to register.


The programme aimed at supporting the VCS sector has been designed to maximise reach, to ensure the most vulnerable residents in City and Hackney receive advice and guidance on issues relating to COVID-19. Training will be delivered by VCH and Public Health on a range of topics including:

  • Health and safety measures
  • The availability of testing
  • How to access testing
  • The contact tracing system
  • Accessing support if needing to self-isolate
  • Effective communication
  • Signposting

Frontline staff and/or volunteers would receive training in how to communicate important public health messages to service users, which they could then incorporate into their existing role.

Champions would also be able to communicate directly with local Public Health regarding any concerns and queries they may have whilst also receiving ongoing support through staff at VCH and Public Health.

Future training dates to be announced soon.

To find out more about this FREE training programme please contact the team at or call 0207 241 4443 ext. 2003.

If you have already completed the training programme, please click here to access your resources.

Dr. Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health, City of London & Hackney, said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the work that City and Hackney’s Community Champions have been doing throughout the pandemic, including supporting the Council and its partners to share key public health advice across our diverse communities.

“The expansion of the programme will continue this important work, helping to further ensure that local residents have access to people within their communities who are able to answer their concerns, provide support and share critical public health information.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents who wish to donate their spare time towards helping their communities during the pandemic, and would like to receive professional support to help them do so. I would like to give a huge thanks in advance to residents who sign-up for the scheme. Your work will play a key role in helping to keep Hackney’s communities safe.”