This project is part of VAC’s Health Inequalities work to address issues which contribute to poor health outcomes for Camden residents.
Health and well-being is a primary focus for both the NHS and Camden Local Authority. Camden has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country and our health profile, though improving over the last decade, still has a gap of up to 11.6 years life expectancy for men between the wealthiest and poorest areas of the borough.
The gap in life expectancy between women from the wealthiest and poorer areas of Camden is 6.2 years. According to the latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) information, this gap in life expectancy is the third highest amongst London boroughs for men and the 6th highest gap amongst London boroughs for women.
There is a well-recognised link between poverty, poor health and mortality rates and VAC hopes to be able to contribute to improving health in the borough by raising awareness of the main health risks and through training Camden residents to become Community Health Advocate Volunteers.
We are a registered RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) training and examination centre for delivering the Level 1 Award in Health Awareness.
VAC recruits and trains local people to volunteer in Camden GP practices. These Community Health Advocates promote community based services and activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. The project will increase local knowledge (including GP knowledge) about prevention and health improving activities delivered by local organisations. Our long term aim is to develop the Community Health Advocate role in local NHS commissioning.
If you are involved in local community or health groups or if you would like to be involved in helping people to learn more about how to improve their health, please get in touch. VAC offers free training and on-going support to volunteers who can offer their time to become Community Health Advocate Volunteers.
Health Advocate Volunteer Co-ordinators:
Mandira Manandhar on 020 7284 6573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Simonson on 020 7284 6568 or email@example.com
(Typetalk: 18001-020 7284 6573)