Alcohol Health Champions

Alcohol Health Champions

An exciting volunteering opportunity to play an important role to help the health and wellbeing of your community. 

Role title

Alcohol Health Champion

Project

Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA)

Places available

12

Timescales

All year round

Location

Your community within Bolton

Background information

Although alcohol is legal, easy to get hold of and can be very cheap, many experts reckon that overall, it causes more harm to our communities than any other drug.

In Greater Manchester alone, it is estimated that spending on alcohol related crime, health, worklessness and social care costs amount to £1.3bn per annum - that’s £500 per resident!

Communities in Charge of Alcohol or CICA trains and supports people like you to really understand alcohol related harm and to start having those all-important conversations about alcohol in your community.

You can find more info about the project here - https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/programmes-hub/communities-in-charge-of-alcohol.html

Roles and responsibilities

As an enthusiastic, volunteer CICA Alcohol Health Champion (AHC), concerned about local health and wellbeing, you would be trained to:

  • Give alcohol-related brief advice to individuals e.g., family, friends and co-workers on an informal basis where it feels safe and appropriate to do so.
  • Tell people where they can get help if necessary.
  • Start conversations at a community level about concerns like availability and opening hours.
  • Understand, get involved and support others to get involved with local licencing decisions.
  • Train others to become Alcohol Health Champions.

There’s a really good video explaining the role here: https://youtu.be/gwWxCrWcTR0 (click this link if you are reading this on a device)

Commitment needed

After one and a half day’s training, the role really is what you make of it - seeing and taking the opportunities as they pop up.

We will have regular AHC ‘check ins’ to share news and ideas and support each other.

Experience required

No specific experience is necessary. It’s more about your motivation to improve wellbeing in your community.

Benefits for the volunteer

Many CICA Alcohol Health Champions say they find it very rewarding having the knowledge and skills to make a difference to their community.

The free 1.5 days of training you undergo lead to Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 Award in Understanding Alcohol Misuse.

This qualification demonstrates you have valuable skills and are a community minded person. It has helped AHCs move to jobs and other opportunities.

Benefits for the project

Salford University are doing a big piece of research on CICA and are already finding that it can help communities tackle alcohol problems and reduce harm levels.

Support offered

Free training, point of contact for support, regular check-ins.

Training dates

We have training scheduled for:

Tuesday 25th January 2022, 9:30am - 4pm.

Monday 31st January 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm.

Both at Bolton College.

Other

N/A

Applications

If you would like a place on this course, please email communitychampions@bolton.gov.uk and tell us your name, date of birth and a contact number.*

 

*We will only use this information for processing your request for a place on this course.

Your information will be stored on our secure IT network and only accessed by staff that support this work.

You can find out more about how we handle your personal data from the Councils privacy notice that can be found at www.bolton.gov.uk .

The Royal Society for Public Health, who will deliver the training, will ask for more information when you formally register including your gender, ethnicity and any special needs related help you might need.

We will be sharing securely your name, date of birth and contact number with them to progress your application only.