Championing change through community volunteers

6 May 2016

More than 6,500 people in Brent have been given a helping hand to change their lifestyles in the first stage of a drive to improve health in the borough.


Fifteen community champions were recruited by Brent Council to raise awareness of the factors that can contribute to Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in particular, and explain the measures that people can take to prevent the condition from developing.


The champions, who were trained by Diabetes UK, worked with and through a total of 65 community events including faith organisations, civil society groups, summer festivals, shopping centres, nurseries and health centres, market stalls and at major religious events.


Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Adult Social Care said: "The project was well received by thousands of people in Brent many of whom reported positive changes, including healthier eating choices, greater physical activity and a sense of increased confidence.


"Without the hard work and dedication of the champions a lot of the achievements would not have been possible. I am confident that by continuing to work with our partners and residents, we can bring about big improvements in the health of people in our borough.


"This has been a great start but a lot more remains to be done. The council's intention is to continue with the programme by recruiting more champions, so we can reach more residents and make Brent a healthier borough."