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Covid Champions

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What is a Covid Champion?

COVID-19 (coronavirus), and the measures taken in response to the pandemic, are still having an impact on everyone in Middlesbrough.

We're setting up a network of Covid Champions who will help Middlesbrough residents to stay up to date with the latest advice about COVID-19.

Covid Champions will be trusted sources of information, and will help to dispel myths and avoid confusion. They'll help their family, friends, and the wider community to make sense of the latest advice and information, to make sure we all stay safe and alert to the risks of the virus.

As a Champion, we'll send you regular updates on COVID-19. We'll use text messages, WhatsApp, email, and some live webinars depending on how you want to keep in touch with us.

You can then share information about COVID-19 in your networks, in whatever way you like, and you can contact us for help with any questions or concerns you or your community have.

Becoming a Covid Champion is about helping to get the right information to local residents, to keep yourself, your family, and community safe. Our Covid Champions are a valuable asset to us all.

How do I become a Covid Champion?

You can sign up to be a Covid Champion by completing the online sign up form.

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Covid Champion.

What happens next?

We'll add you to our Covid Champions network and give you the latest information about COVID-19 however you prefer. You can then share this information however you want, with anyone in your community, home, family, or workplace. Information will be available in a variety of languages.

As a Champion, you'll also:

  • encourage the use of all safety measures, for example, 'hands, face, space', and the use of Test and Trace systems
  • be able to ask us questions on behalf of your community to dispel myths and get the facts
  • let us know what is and is not working, so we can do it better

What training will I need to be a Covid Champion?

It's important that you're aware of the latest advice about COVID-19 and any local restrictions in Middlesbrough, so we'll keep you up to date in real time as we get new information.

You'll also need to complete some basic online learning so you fully understand the Test and Trace system, and how to 'Make Every Contact Count' (MECC). It's important that you complete these two courses, but each one will only take an hour or so of your time, and there's no exam or test at the end. You can let us know if you have any questions. 

It's important that you fully understand all the information given to you, so you can pass on the correct messages to your communities, and we'll be available to help you with that.

If you have any questions about the role of Covid Champion, please contact us: covidchampions@middlesbrough.gov.uk.