Welcome to Old Oak!
Old Oak Community Champions team was set up in early 2013. Our enthusiastic team led by Caroline Lister gives a warm welcome to other local residents who would like to volunteer, receive excellent training and help other local people by communicating health messages.
All our Community Champions are trained volunteers who want to give something back to their own community. Most of the team has now been trained to Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement and several also have the Level 2 Award in Understanding Behaviour Change. Our Market Research training in 2013 equipped us to do a health survey of local residents. This survey flagged up local health issues so we have done further relevant training and continue to give valuable health information through our own networks to friends, family, neighbours and other local residents. We also want to identify barriers that prevent people from connecting with services as we have opportunities to talk with health commissioners and improve services. Our mission is to achieve a healthier and therefore happier community in Old Oak. We also organise fun days for residents to get together, enjoy themselves and find out about local services.
In October 2014 the Tri-Borough Public Health Service commissioned us to trial a two year pilot for Maternity Champion volunteers to work with expectant parents and new parents. This small new team led by Carmella Obinyan is working to improve the experience of pregnancy and new parenthood whilst improving health outcomes for mothers and their babies. See our projects link for more info.
We are based at the Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre on 76 Braybrook Street, W12 and funded by the Tri-Borough Public Health Service, The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.