Community Ambassadors come from varying backgrounds and all have individual skills, experiences and commitments.
We want to allow all Community Ambassadors to contribute in a way which fits their current life style. One of the best things about the programme is that people can get involved as much or as little as they like. Our Community Ambassadors have told us what topics interest them, how they prefer to be contacted and how they want to get involved.
Engagement Community Ambassadors
Our “boots on the ground” help us make a real impact in the local community by attending local events, encouraging people to complete surveys and participate in engagement activities and providing vital feedback, ideas and comment about ongoing projects.
Sleeper Community Ambassadors
Those who have a particular area of interest or health concern. We call upon these Community Ambassadors when there are specific projects that match their interests, skills and/or experiences.
Critical Friend Community Ambassadors
These tend to be people with limited availability or who perhaps find it hard to get out due to ill health. They help us by reviewing documents/leaflets/ideas and giving us their feedback via email, phone or post. This has been vital support to improving the quality of our external communications.
Strategic Community Ambassadors
These are asked to join workstream/working groups or subcommittees. It is usually necessary for the Community Ambassador to attend regular meetings and carry out their role alongside clinicians and managers from all parts of the health and social care system. Strategic Community Ambassadors are encouraged to add to discussions with their own ideas and experiences, to scrutinise decisions and ensure the group or project leads are engaging with the wider general public.
Gateway Community Ambassadors
These are people who have links to local organisations – perhaps voluntary, community or faith groups. They help to open the door to that group allowing discussions and engagement to take place.