In October 2018, we set up the Winter Champions scheme to enable employees to spend a day volunteering and helping out in the community whilst sharing information and materials to groups to help attendees stay well this winter.
Employees across the six south west London Clinical Commissioning Groups, SWL Alliance and SWL Health and Care Partnership were given the opportunity to volunteer with a local community group of their choice or one that has been identified as a key target group by the local engagement teams. The scheme was promoted between October 2018 – March 2019.
The benefits of the Winter Champions were:
- Increased opportunities for personal development
- Increased understanding of the local health and social care environment
- Personal satisfaction and improved well being – both staff and community and voluntary sector
- Sense of contributing in a practical way to relieve pressures in the system and to help vulnerable people stay well over winter
Staff volunteering as a winter champion are recognised with a ‘winter champion’ certificate and a personal thank you from their managing director/accountable officer/chair
The winter champion scheme aimed to help to alleviate demand on services by sharing messages around the flu jabs, how to access pharmacies, sharing information on the GP surgeries extended opening hours and promoting NHS111 for urgent care needs.