Skills and Training

Skills and Training


Community Champions are the trusted voices who provide a vital link for people in their local community, particularly to those feeling isolated and vulnerable as a result of COVID-19.

Bolton’s immediate challenge is to stop the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging safe practice, including the uptake of vaccines, the use of the NHS COVID-19 app and encouraging self-isolation which will aid recovery from the pandemic.

The Community Champions and Community Champion Plus roles will help us achieve this.

Whether in their own street, at work, or via religious groups and organisations, they inform, support, help and protect people by talking to them directly, putting up posters, delivering leaflets or setting up support groups and networks online or on social media.

The roles also recognise the many unsung heroes in Bolton and we provide formal training and a support network for them to enhance the great work they do.

The programme is open to anyone who wants to play a more active role in their community and groups can also apply for Bolton’s Fund money to improve communications and outcomes for people.  Click here for more info.

There are three levels of training available to Community Champions:

Introductory training session

This is available for all Community Champions and is a short induction to the role and what you can expect.  This will be available soon after signing up.

5 module information sessions

These sessions are for Community Champions that wish to take on the Community Champions Plus role.

Community Champions Accelerator Programme

The accredited Community Champions Accelerator Programme is a 3 week training programme and on-going coaching for all Community Champion Plus roles that would like to gain further accreditation.

It is provided by Bolton College to give Community Champions the confidence and skills needed to be a leader in the community. 

The training dates for the intakes are:

Intake 1                        Tues 4th May – Fri 21 May 2021

Intake 2                        Mon 14th June – Friday 2nd July 2021

Intake 3                        Mon 6th September – Friday 24th September 2021

Bolton's Fund intake    Wed 10th November - Wed 19th January 2022

Make a request for training

Please fill in the below form to request training from the Community Champions team.