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Community Connectors

Community Connectors are part of Derby’s approach to addressing health inequalities, partly funded by the NHS Core20+5 and the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Vaccine Champions programmes. 

A Community Connector is somebody who cares about their community and those who live there. They are people who are, or want to be, active in their community to improve health and wellbeing. They have lived experience that will help them to do this and are interested in learning new skills.  Connectors are volunteers who are happy to support local events and activities which aim to promote health and wellbeing.

Community Connectors understand that health and wellbeing is affected by many things (such as housing, employment, education, ethnicity) and so people’s experience of health and wellbeing is not equal.

What do Community Connectors do?

  • Take part in training to gain knowledge and learn new skills

  • Promote health and wellbeing messages to local people, groups and organisations

  • Signpost people to local groups and support services around health and wellbeing

  • Organise, support or lead activities that provide people with the skills and knowledge to live healthier lives

  • Talk to local healthcare service providers about their experiences and how things can be improved

  • Help design new health programmes and initiatives

  • Link with and support other Community Connectors in their area

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