A better Medway

A Better Medway Champions are members of the public who have been trained to help their friends, families and the wider community make informed choices about healthy lifestyles.

Training includes:

  • the latest news and developments in health and well-being
  • techniques to help manage conversations about health and wellbeing
  • access to information about local health and wellbeing services

The benefits of becoming a Champion

After completing the training Champions will receive:

  • a Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
  • an A Better Medway Champion certificate awarded by Medway Council

Training programme

All Champions need to complete a core module and three masterclasses.

Core module

The module will last two and a half days and covers:

  • definitions of health and wellbeing
  • positive and negative influences on health and wellbeing
  • health inequalities and policies for addressing them
  • local support services and resources for telling people about them
  • effective communication techniques and how they can support conversations about health and wellbeing
  • motivational interview techniques and basic principles

At the end of the module, Champions will be required to take a 45-minute multiple choice assessment.

Masterclasses

Champions will need to complete three masterclasses, each one lasting three and a half hours.

The options for the masterclasses are:

  • obesity and physical activity
  • eating well
  • smoking in Medway
  • sexual health
  • mental health
  • social isolation
  • debt advice
  • drug and alcohol

More opportunities to learn

Once someone has become a Champion there are further opportunities to attend masterclasses.

Topics include:

  • diabetes prevention
  • visual impairment
  • domestic abuse
  • carers first
  • oral health
  • air pollution
  • alcohol

What our Champions say

Jodie Miller:

The training is really beneficial. You get the Level 2 qualification and it provides you with the tools to have that conversation with a local resident and provide the right support.

Michelle Thomas:

They have given me the tools to let me do my job better.

Sarah Borrett:

I successfully completed this (AMB Champions) and other training and have found that my confidence and knowledge has increased, which has helped me to help others in my volunteering work.