22nd Jan, 2021

Coventry's Community Messengers project run by 200 volunteers is praised for good practice

Editorial Correspondent 13th Jan, 2021 Updated: 13th Jan, 2021

A VOLUNTEER-LED community project relaying important messages about Covid-19 across Coventry has been praised and highlighted as good practice by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Community Messengers, led by Andrea Buckley of Coventry City Council, has more than 200 volunteers from across faith, voluntary, charity and community groups who since the summer have helped update many different communities in the city with key information about the virus making it relevant.

Coun David Welsh, cabinet portfolio holder for communities and housing, said: “This really is a great piece of work and it’s so positive that that over 200 community leaders in the city have come forward to work with Andrea and her team.  I am also glad the LGA has recognised this as good practice.  Well done.”

The project has been successful in tailoring information from regular briefings to make sure all in the community understand how the legislation affects them.  Messengers are quick to spot any misunderstandings and gaps in communication. This has included translating messages into many languages and making timely videos with groups such as Positive Youth Foundation encouraging people to support Government guidelines.

Leader of the Council, Coun George Duggins, said: “The city’s response to the pandemic continues to be fantastic and everyone has pulled together to stay safe and remain positive.   Getting correct messages out around Covid and identifying areas of need has been critically important and this project is an excellent example.”

Anyone interested in becoming a community messenger or more details can email: communityMessengers@coventry.gov.uk

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