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Luton Borough Council

04/09/2020 - Could you help beat Covid-19 in Luton?

Luton Council is recruiting an army of volunteers to take on the important role of community champions and help us get out key public health messages in order to help protect the town from Covid-19.

Communicating vital health messages and reaching everyone in the town is key to ensuring we all adopt the measures designed to keep us safe and stop the spread of the disease.
 
Would you be able to be a part of this?
So many of you took on important volunteer roles at the start of the pandemic and we still need that level of support to continue the fight against this dreadful disease.
 
We are hoping that people from all walks of life will want to get involved. You may help run a small sports club, social group, frequent a pub or just have a wide circle of friends on social media. The plan is that by using these sorts of natural networks, local champions will be able to pass on and adapt where necessary, the central messages to suit different audiences.
 
By doing this we know we can reach more people and protect more lives and families. Our communities are encouraging our existing volunteers and community leaders to make sure they are signed up - they may already be ‘champions’ as such  but we are encouraging them to become part of this specific scheme.
 
Each champion will receive regular updates from the council on the key messages we want our communities to hear and guidance for people to follow to keep themselves and others safe. You will play a strategic role in protecting your family and friends by ensuring they get the right information, combating some of the myths around Covid-19 and providing feedback and advice on useful ways you have been able to help others.
 
We will provide tools and resources including important updates, key messages, social media posts, video scripts, poster templates, and infographics for the champions to share through their own networks.
If you speak another language that would be a huge bonus.
 
Once you are signed up as a champion you will get:
  • regular updates from the council on the latest situation with coronavirus in Luton
  • key messages and updates that need to be communicated through Luton’s communitie
  • FAQs to help with myth-busting about Covid 19
  • suggested templates, video scripts, photo suggestions, social media post and other tools to assist with the dissemination of key messages
  • frequent zoom calls where all champions can share ideas and provide feedback from the community to the council to help us improve our communication and messaging
  • a single point of contact to discuss ideas, offer suggestions and ask questions
Councillor Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for Public Health, said: “Luton’s volunteers and community groups have been exceptional throughout the coronavirus crisis in supporting each other and helping people in need.

"So many countless acts of love, care and kindness are what makes us all so proud to live and work in this wonderful town.
 
"To build on this we are looking for Covid-19 community champions from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, faiths, ages and interests to reflect the diversity of Luton, who can help pass on important public health messages and keep people safe from this deadly disease.”
 
Think you’ve got what it takes? Want to make a positive impact?
 
Sign up to be a Covid-19 community champion
 
The programme launches this September.

Follow this link for more information on the Covid-19 community champions.
© 2020 Luton Council, Town Hall, Luton LU1 2BQ