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Become a Young Adult COVID-19 Community Champion (YACCC)

Why become a YACCC

Aims of YACCC

  • To engage with young adults aged 18-30 who live, work and study in Merton
  • To share the  latest information from the NHS and Public Health related to the pandemic
  • You are a key part of our approach to preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in Merton

If you are aged between 18 and 30 and want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 register to become a YACC.

  • We have 2 projects aimed at young people; Young Adult COVID-19 Community Health Champions (YACCC's) and u18 COVID-19 Champions. 
  • Both are led by young people for young people, and both are seeking to recruit, induct and support a diverse network of young champions, to empower and disseminate the latest COVID-19 messages to their family, friends, neighbours and communities.

What you’ll do

  • Understands Government and NHS Guidelines on COVID-19
  • Raises awareness of the importance of COVID-19 restrictions
  • Engages with vulnerable groups
  • Tells friends and family about COVID-19
  • Shares consistent information from NHS and Public Health
  • Looks at Merton specific COVID-19 response. For example, testing sites capacity, Council and voluntary sector work
  • Engaging with BAME groups
  • Listening to the impact COVID-19 has had on younger residents
  • Developing a response to be able to work with Merton's Voluntary sector
  • Developing creative and collaborative responses to show Merton's residents they are supported throughout the pandemic
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What you’ll get in return

  • Access to more information and access to up to date data
  • Meeting like-minded people who want to contribute to COVID-19 response
  • Satisfaction from knowing that they are acting to improve on the response to the pandemic
  • Recognition from the Council
  • Get experience related to the pandemic response on your CV

Meet Martin, Lurdes, Anna and Toby

Four Young Inspectors lead this network through various communication channels including WhatsApp Broadcast, Eventbrite, Facebook, Instagram and email.  A drop-in meeting is held every 3 to 4 weeks for members and other interested young people who live and work in Merton. The online meetings, share the latest information, spread messages and gather insight on lived experience. The aim is to use this feedback to tailor messages to young adults and to address misinformation.

The under 18's group (12 – 17yrs) is still in development, subject to the re-opening of secondary schools. Digital media and marketing for this group is currently in development.

Video content for Secondary Schools

 The Young Inspectors, Anna and Toby produce video content for secondary schools in support of these aims every two weeks, see their latest video on lateral flow testing in secondary schools.

What we have learnt leading on YACCC

  • Martin - ‘To be adaptable and flexible at facilitating workshops with young people and young adults’
  • Anna - ‘I’ve learnt how to engage with a range of young people which has helped me with my facilitating skills and adaptability’
  • Lurdes - ‘Being a Young Inspector we learned to adapt and be flexible whilst catering to a new audience’
  • Toby - ‘I have learnt about new methods we have used to engage an 18 – 30 age group in the YACCC project’

Sign up

Complete the form so that we can get to know you. In the form there is a YACCC pledge

Pledge to become a Young Adult COVID-19 Community Champion

Over 30s

If you are over 30 years old please register to be a COVID-19 Community Champion.

Resources for YACCC