Our partnership with Janssen supports us in reaching and engaging with communities at high risk of diabetes.
By supporting our Community Champions programme for three years, Janssen has enabled us to support the communities most at risk of diabetes and to help those diagnosed to better manage their condition. The work of our Champions is focused in areas with high levels of deprived communities, both white and BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups), making a positive change at a local level.
As part of this partnership we have trained over 1,300 Community Champions. They are taught over two days, focusing on diabetes knowledge, behaviour change, cultural awareness and self-management strategies. We make sure that the content is tailored to reflect understanding and respecting the needs and customs of the group.
They then take these learnings back to their community, helping those at risk. They explain what Type 2 diabetes is, who is at risk, signs and symptoms, myths and misconceptions, complications, and the NHS services that are available – in a way that is culturally relevant.
Over the partnership we have worked across the UK in areas including Bolton, London, Wales, Birmingham, Slough and Farnborough. Our Charity Champions have exhibited at significant religious festivals, organised talks and presentations and healthy living days at community centres.
Do you think you, or someone you know could be a Community Champion?
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