Our Young Inspectors in partnership with Merton Public Health and NHS South West London CCG, are currently working to create an Under-18s COVID Community Champions programme in schools. The aim is to establish a forum for young people aged 11–17 where school based COVID-19 champions can come together on-line to discuss COVID-19 in Merton, get the latest information, discuss how the pandemic has affected them and their families and communities and how they as local champions can support and influence the COVID response.
Become an Under-18 COVID Community Champion
The programme is open to all young people aged 11–17 years who study, work or live in Merton. It helps young people to develop an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities, as well as to build their knowledge of the intended impact of measures in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
The programme is co-ordinated through Merton secondary schools however if you would like to be part of this extensive network, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but do not go to a school in Merton you can still join!
Please complete the membership form and return it to, the Young Inspectors below:
What you will do
- Come together online with other u18's (school-based) COVID-19 Community Champions across Merton to discuss ways to support and influence how we tackle COVID-19 in Merton.
- Discuss how the pandemic has affected you, your family and your community
- Keep up to date with the latest info on COVID and share this with family and friends
- Contribute to the development of upcoming videos and topics for each zoom session
- Watch the videos produced and share them with your family, peers and friends
- Become a champion in our campaign to reduce COVID-19 in the borough.
- Attend as many zoom sessions as you can.
- Spread the word and encourage others to join.
- Most importantly, come with an open mind.
What you'll get from this role
- Recognition from Merton Council Public Health Team and the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group
- Experience that can go on your CV
- Resources used in zoom sessions, for example presentations, fact sheets, and other information
- Have the opportunity to take part actively in zoom sessions or projects
- Receive an under 18's badge, certificate of membership and facemask
- An opportunity (subject to demand) to access accredited training as a COVID-19 Young Health Champion. Young people from the age of 14yrs can undertake the RSPH Level 2 Certificate which supports learners to understand the importance of peer-to-peer messaging around COVID-19. It will also enable learners to develop the skills to design, deliver and review a message to their peers around participation in measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to signpost their peers to sources of reliable information on this issue.
Meet Anna and Toby
Young Inspectors, Anna and Toby are the leads for the under 18's COVID Community Champions programme. They are responsible for co-ordinating online sessions and updating you on the latest Public Health key messages to help control the spread of COVID-19. Please watch and share their videos below, if you have any comments or suggestions for future video's please contact them.
Sign up and become a champion today!
U18 COVID Community Champion Leaders
We have a number of under 18 COVID Community Champions Leaders in a number of schools across the borough. Each Leader is responsible for project co-ordination and recruitment in their school, please see below table for the latest figures.
Videos for secondary schools
If you need more under 18's badges, Certificate of Membership and a personalised u18's COVID Community Champions face-masks, please contact: Keith Bartlett,
Keith.Bartlett@merton.gov.uk, tel: 020 85453419