Description

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 other 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.

Please follow our Facebook page and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest events.

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 meet up every Monday at 10.00am – 11.00am, using Microsoft teams

Creative Writing group meet every Wednesday at 12.30pm – 2.00pm 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.

Health walks

Champions Show the Way is affiliated with Ramblers Walking for Health and work 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.

By visiting the Ramblers Walking for Health website, it will allow you to sign up directly for a walk you are interested in, or, you can complete and return a Walker registration form and email back to champions@bdct.nhs.uk  As soon as it is received by our team, we will contact you to let you know if there is a place on the walk for you attend.

Please note during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are only allowing 10 walkers per walk leader and are running a reduced service, so some walks may not be available. Therefore, please do not plan and arrive for a walk unless you have checked with us first, as you will be turned away.

The safety of our walkers and walk leaders is paramount, and we are working hard to provide safe environment to allow our walks to continue following guidance from Ramblers Walking for Health and the Government.

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.

Volunteer Walk leader role

Volunteer Walk leader application form

Newsletters

1. Champion Show the Way Newsletter issue one July 2020

2. Champion Show the Way Newsletter Issue two August 2020

3. Champion Show the Way Newsletter Issue three September 2020

4. Champion Show the Way Newsletter October 2020

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…

CSTW 10th anniversary case story booklet 2019

 

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

CSTW self-referral

  • Referral criteria:   

    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.

    •    The service user must give consent for the referral to Champions Show the Way and be informed that someone from the team will be getting in touch with them. The information provided will be used for the purpose of engaging the individual in CSTW activity, it will not be passed onto any other person unless the activity is run in partnership with another organisation, the service will retain the information securely for two years, the individual can remove their consent at any time by contacting CSTW.























  • Click on one reason in the box above.

  • e.g. word of mouth, GP surgery, library, leaflet





































  • Follow the service on social media

    Twitter @BDCFT_CSTW

    Facebook

CSTW professionals’ referral

  • Referral criteria:   

    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.

    •    The service user must give consent for the referral to Champions Show the Way and be informed that someone from the team will be getting in touch with them. The information provided will be used for the purpose of engaging the individual in CSTW activity, it will not be passed onto any other person unless the activity is run in partnership with another organisation, the service will retain the information securely for two years, the individual can remove their consent at any time by contacting CSTW.























  • Click on one reason in the box above.

  • e.g. word of mouth, GP surgery, library, leaflet










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  • Follow the service on social media

    Twitter @BDCFT_CSTW

    Facebook

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
Email champions@bdct.nhs.uk

There are lots of other ways to get involved at the Trust too.