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Volunteers are being sought to help signpost people to local services and help build social networks in local communities.

Community connectors are volunteers who will use their local knowledge and involvement to connect people across the area to other local people, services, activities and groups. The programme recognises the fact that local people living and working in Erewash are likely to know the community better than statutory services do, and are often the best people to help.

The ‘community connectors’ are being recruited by Erewash Voluntary Action as part of the Wellbeing Erewash project. Wellbeing Erewash is an innovative programme set up by NHS England, bringing together the local NHS, social care, the voluntary and community sector, and public and patients to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the Ilkeston and Long Eaton areas.

Some of the first community connectors have already been signed up for the scheme by Erewash Voluntary Action development
worker Jo Hallam but many more are now being sought.

Jo said: “The network of connectors will be led by the people of Erewash. They will identify strengths and opportunities that already exist in the local community and seek to build on those to help improve people’s health and wellbeing. They will gather the views of local people, establish what is important
to people in their community, identify the changes people would like
to see and help bring those changes about.

“We are delighted to be in a position to launch the community connectors initiative and have been pleased with the initial response. We’re now looking to recruit more people to this voluntary role and would love to hear from all those interested in finding out more.”

Support and training will be provided for community connectors. Agreed out-of-pocket expenses will also be paid. If you would like to know more about community connectors, please contact Jo Hallam on
0115 946 6740 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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