Champions Show the Way provides a range of interesting, sociable activities led by dedicated volunteer community health champions.
The activities are free, or low cost, and cover the whole of the Bradford District in wheelchair-accessible venues. You do not have to attend regularly and you can attend as many of our groups as you like.
Telephone: 01274 321 911
Who is Champions Show the Way for?
This service is for adults aged 18 or over:
- We welcome service users with long term health conditions
- They must be independent enough to leave their own home un-aided
- They must be well enough to access an activity in the local community run by a volunteer.
- Where appropriate have GP approval to participate in a physical activity.
How can you access the service?
You can self-refer to this service by either calling 01274 321911 or by completing the self-referral form below. A paper copy is available for professionals to refer patients.
Your GP or another health professional may decide that our team can help you. In this case they can make the referral on your behalf using the referral form on ‘SystmOne’ (a clinical record) or by calling 01274 321911, or, using the professionals’ referral form below.
Once referred to Champions Show the Way we will contact you to find out what your interests are, and match you to one of our many activities.
Activities we offer
Activities take place in wheelchair-friendly venues. We also have some activities tailored to need.
Activity and walking groups: please note several groups have been postponed due to the recent Government guidance on COVID-19:
- Arts and Craft groups
- Coffee mornings
- Creative writing
- Film groups
- Games groups
- Guided relaxation sessions
- Health walks – ranging from 30-90 mins long
- Painting and drawing groups
- Reading groups
- Reminiscence groups
- Singing groups
- Social groups
- Support groups for specific health conditions
- Wellbeing recovery support groups
New virtual groups
Chill and Chat group meets up every Monday from 10.00am – 11.00am, using Microsoft Teams
Creative Writing group meets every Wednesday from 12.30pm – 2.00pm using Microsoft Teams.
Creativity in the Aire meets every Wednesday from 1.30pm – 3.00pm using Microsoft Teams.
If you would like to join or know anyone who would be interested in these groups, please complete a referral form found at the bottom of the page.
Please contact Champions Show the way on 01274 321911 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, before signing up for a walk, to make sure a place is available. Numbers are limited to 10 walkers per Walk Leader – thank you. Please contact Champions Show the way on 01274 321911 or at email@example.com if you require any more information.
Champions Show the Way is affiliated with Ramblers Walking for Health and works closely with the organisation to provide a wide variety of health walks that are led by qualified walk leaders. For more information on Walking for Health and our current walks, visit the Walking for Health website.
The Ramblers Walking for Health group activities are in line with Government guidelines. Numbers are restricted to 10 walkers per walk leader, and you must book a place first – you cannot just turn up on the day.
Please contact Champions Show the Way on 01274 321911 or: firstname.lastname@example.org, before signing up for a walk, to make sure a place is available.
Volunteer Walk Leader Training
As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also ambassadors for walking, Champions Show The Way and Walking for Health – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.
Champions Show the Way 10th birthday celebration
In March 2019 the Care Trust celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Champions Show the Way. Take a look at Champions Show the Way in action…
More about what we do
Please note that dates and times may change over the Christmas period, or sessions may be cancelled at short notice. Please call the Champions Show The Way team to check whether your activity is running as expected (telephone: 01274 321 911).
Champions Show the Way programme leaflet
Community health champions are volunteers who are passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive mental wellbeing. They are aged from 18-80 and come from a range of backgrounds.
Many of our volunteers have long term health conditions themselves which they have learned to self-manage effectively. As a result we have walks that are specifically tailored for people with pulmonary health conditions such as COPD, led by Health Champions who self- manage their own pulmonary health condition.
We provide training and support for our community health champions, including regular meetings and events and we pay out of pocket expenses. We are committed to providing a positive volunteer experience, ensuring as much as possible that community health champions gain the skills and experience they want in order to fulfil their needs.
We are always looking for more volunteer community health champions. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved. The volunteer and involvement code of conduct provides guidance to ensure volunteering with us is a positive experience.
Tel 01274 321911
There are lots of other ways to get involved at the Trust too.