Lewisham Speaking Up is pleased to be part of a new South East London Health Ambassadors programme, which aims to address the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities.
We are working together with our partners Advocacy in Greenwich and Advocacy for All to deliver the programme across the South East London area. The new programme follows our successful Lewisham Health Ambassadors pilot project, which resulted in the programme being expanded across a wider area.
The programme is funded and supported by South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (SELCCG). As a result, all six South East London boroughs are involved; Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley.
There is a learning disability Health Ambassador for each borough and two autistic Health Ambassadors that work across all six boroughs. Lewisham Speaking Up supports the two Health Ambassadors from Lewisham and Lambeth.
Here are Lisa, the Health Ambassador for Lewisham and Princess, the Health Ambassador for Lambeth.
Please come and say hello at our ‘Meet the Ambassadors’ drop-in event on 24th March at The Albany in Deptford, Lewisham.
For more information about the event or the Health Ambassador programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8692 1862.
Lisa and Princess are supported by Anne, our new Health Ambassadors Project Worker.
Anne says “It’s wonderful to be part of this new South East London-wide project, because I hope that together, we can bring some fresh energy to the table. More importantly, I hope we can continue to break down more of our health inequalities.”
All the Ambassadors are paid for their work and they speak up, for instance, about:
- The importance of Annual Health Checks
- Awareness of cancer
- Important vaccinations
- Equal opportunities in health
- Having a say about your own health needs
Watch out for more news about the Health Ambassadors on our website news page and on our social media.