Beechdale’s first Community Champions rise to the challenge
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
Beechdale's Community Champions
Beechdale Community Housing (Beechdale), have introduced their first ‘Community Champions’. Emma Robbins and Jemma Betts, two mums from the Beechdale estate have just started their brand new roles.
The pair will support Beechdale residents in a range of initiatives and activities as part of a drive to improve people’s quality of life and encourage a sense of community spirit. Emma and Jemma’s work involves helping people to develop self-confidence, lead healthier lifestyles and access local services – making the most of education, training, volunteering and employment opportunities, boosting skills and job prospects.
Beechdale has worked with fellow Walsall housing association whg to launch the Community Champion initiative. The idea of the scheme is to recruit local people who have similar backgrounds and challenges to the people they help support. Emma and Jemma will be on hand to empower local people by developing and using innovative ways to consult with them about issues which affect them in their day-to-day life.”
Community Champion, Emma said “We will be taking part in various community events and activities to engage with local people to help enrich their lives. I was very involved with the community anyway, so this is just a bonus. I think it will expand my capacity to help people, in a way which I couldn’t on my own.”
Jemma Betts said “I’m hoping to brighten up our community and try to bring everybody together, engaging people in the various activities we will be doing. On Beechdale, there are a variety of things going on but a lot of people don’t know about them. We want to bridge that gap and reach out to people, bringing the community together.”