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Community Champions

Find out about the Community Champion role at Brook.

Community Champions work with Brook to communicate and cascade positive sexual and reproductive health messages to their local communities. They also assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

We expect Community Champions to volunteer for a minimum of 12 hours per month to ensure that you and Brook gain benefit from being in role. You will receive all necessary training on various sexual and reproductive health topics, and will be supported by the Health Promotion Team. We will reimburse out of pocket expenses, i.e. transport and lunch.

Why be a Community Champion?

Community Champions take action against stigma and discrimination by supporting Brook to deliver clear sex-positive messages to target beneficiary groups. They are influencers and will be equipped with the necessary training, information and skills to engage with their community and offer support regarding sexual and reproductive health. Champions are a voice in their communities, promoting awareness and assisting individuals to make informed choices about their sexual health and wellbeing.

This role could benefit you in many ways, such as:

  • Providing insight into a national charity which supports hundreds of thousands of people every year
  • Giving you increased sexual health knowledge
  • Developing your skills and knowledge to support your CV
  • Providing you with accredited training on a wide range of sexual health and wellbeing topics
  • Giving you the opportunity to make positive impact to your community and meet likeminded people
  • Providing experience in delivery of sexual and reproductive health programmes
  • Increasing your confidence

Key responsibilities

Community Champions are expected to:

  • Uphold Brook’s values
  • Adhere to the volunteer agreement and code of conduct
  • Complete all mandatory elements of your volunteer induction, including training
  • Complete a DBS check, the cost of which will be covered by Brook
  • Work within national, professional guidelines and Brook’s Protecting Young People (PYPP) policy where there are safeguarding issues with clients, and refer to the Designated Safeguarding teams in accordance with Brook’s Safeguarding referral pathway
  • Encourage and inspire others to tackle stigma and discrimination in sexual and reproductive health by delivering clear sex-positive messages.
  • Make links with existing groups and networks who may want to be access sexual and reproductive health training
  • Signpost individuals in the community to relevant local services
  • Promote Brook’s work and current campaigns making use of your personal and external followers/community to raise awareness
  • Co-deliver community engagement events alongside other Community Champions or Brook’s Health Promotion team
  • Provide feedback on experiences, lessons learned and case studies from the community
  • Complete additional volunteer tasks which arise for your team

Person specification

We recognise our Community Champions will come from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills and experiences.

When applying, potential Community Champions will need to demonstrate that they:

  • Have strong communication skills (especially in relation to topics relating to sexual health)
  • Live, work or study in specified location
  • Are committed to volunteering within their local community
  • Have knowledge of, or interest in learning about sexual and reproductive health, social justice issues and/or health inequalities
  • Are committed to completing mandatory training requirements and induction plan
  • Have an open minded, customer focused attitude with a passion to make a difference
  • Have a ‘hands on’ approach and a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Are able to network and build relationships with individuals and organisations in the community
  • Understand professional boundaries and can work in a sensitive, confidential and non-judgemental way
  • Are able to use your initiative
  • Have good interpersonal skills and are able to work as part of a team
  • Are reliable and punctual, with good organisational skills
  • Have good IT and written skills, and are able to write basic reports
  • Can maintain strict confidentiality concerning all Brook matters
  • Are committed to the aims, values and purposes of Brook’s work