Community Connectors are volunteers that link people in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life. Lambeth Council and the NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group are developing a network of Connectors in the borough. The programme is currently running in Coldharbour, Ferndale. Larkhall, Stockwell and Vassall wards but will expand across Lambeth in the coming months. The team so far includes both men and women, and several Portuguese speakers.
The initial training gives Connectors the skills to talk to people about wellbeing, the things that they can do for themselves, and places to go to access help and support. Connectors then use these skills as they encounter people in their day-to-day lives. Once trained, Connectors visit local organisations to find out about services and develop their skills. For example, the team have been to Vida Walsh Centre, Liz Atkin’s Children’s Centre, Loughborough Farm, We are 336, Akerman Health Centre and Pop Brixton. Next month they’ll have specialist training from the Men’s Health Forum on how to get men more engaged in their own wellbeing.
Healthwatch Lambeth is helping to evaluate the project, by getting feedback from both the Connectors and the people they connect with. The new Local Care Networks are also exploring how the Connector programme can tie in with other navigator roles.
To find out more or express your interest in the next wave of Connector training in May 2017, contact: Fraser Serle, email: email@example.com , tel: 07720 601048.