Covid-19 community champions - Frequently asked questions

Who are COVID-19 Community Champions and can anyone sign up?

Covid-19 Community Champions are volunteers who live or work in Bury who help to provide the residents of Bury with up-to-date guidance and advice on Covid-19. You must be over 18yrs of age.

What skills will I need to become a COVID-19 Community Champion?

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a COVID-19 Community Champion. We are looking for someone that is passionate about making sure their community receive up to date information, has good social skills, are sensitive and caring towards others, are reliable and appreciates other people's right to make their own decisions.

I have never been a volunteer before. Can I apply to become a COVID-19 Community Champion? Do I require training?

You can apply to become a COVID-19 Community Champion, even it is your first time volunteering. No formal training is necessary.

How can I apply to become a COVID-19 Community Champion?

You can apply by completing the form on How to become a COVID-19 Community Champion .

What will be my role as a COVID-19 Community Champion?

  • You will become the point of contact within your community (family, friends, neighbourhood, place of worship, community organisation etc) and will be expected to pass on the key COVID-19 messages to the community.
  • You will also be expected to encourage others to become COVID-19 Community Champions.
  • Please note that being a COVID- 19 Community Champion is not an enforcement or regulatory role. 
  • If you have any concerns, contact Bury Council. While we welcome and value your volunteering as a COVID-19 Community Champion this does not constitute a contract of employment or eligibility for internal recruitment positions.

Once I become a Community Champion, how will I be able to provide the relevant information on COVID-19 to the residents of Bury?

Once you sign up to become a Champion, we will provide you with the latest information about COVID-19. There will also be exclusive webinars and events for you to join. These are optional, but we highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity to speak to topic experts.

How will you keep us updated with the latest COVID-19 information and guidance?

There will be weekly online updates and briefings, as well as a dedicated email address so you can contact us directly. You will need to have an email address, a mobile phone and a way to access Microsoft Teams

What are the current rules for contact during the COVID-19 pandemic?

For full, up to date details of current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, visit Gov.uk - Coronavirus (COVID‑19).

How can I report those who are not following the government COVID-19 regulations?

Please email covid19.communitychampions@bury.gov.uk.

What happens if I want to withdraw from being a COVID-19 Community Champion?

Should you wish to withdraw from the Champions Network at any time, please email covid19.communitychampions@bury.gov.uk and we will ensure that your information is removed from the database within three business days.

Contact for Covid-19 Community Champions