Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) Health Ambassadors
In December 2018 Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) hosted the first meeting of a new health ambassador network – a group of people from different ethnic backgrounds who are very active in their respective communities. DREC and the CCG meet with them three to four times a year, which helps the CCG reach out into their communities and help them communicate key messages about health and care services in Dorset and to explore views, needs and understanding of service provision and development.
At the first meeting the group spoke about access to health services across the winter period. A simple information postcard was shared to signpost people to which services they should use and where to get further information.
The health ambassadors agreed to share copies of the postcard across their communities, e.g. placing copies in hampers for the homeless, providing them to local people as part of the ‘elderly lonely project’, distributing them to the Polish community at a Christmas craft fair and also to the Gypsy, Traveller community.
‘The health ambassadors have a hugely valuable role in representing members of their communities and supporting effective engagement with members of the various ethnic communities within Dorset.’
– Nathalie Sherring – Chief Executive, DREC