Care Network has been successful in securing some funding under the Community Champions Programme to support the learning disability, learning difficulty and autism communities in Blackburn with Darwen.

Working with a range of excellent partners, we want to tap into our local networks so that we can raise awareness of and provide advice about COVID-19 and the vaccines. We also want to identify the barriers that people from these communities face in accessing accurate information and we will provide appropriate support.

We also plan to tackle misinformation and encourage take-up as the vaccination programme expands across the country.

The programme will see us recruiting a minimum of 300 Community Champions to confidently share important information with friends and family.

We plan to deliver a collaborative and comprehensive programme of targeted engagement with communities, groups and individuals living with LDD and Autism to build trust, communicate accurate health information, increase vaccination uptake and ultimately help to save lives.  Partners include: Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service, Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen, IMO, In Di Go, Positive Smiles, Purple Patch, Parents in Partnership. 

We plan to update our website over the next few weeks with further information about how you can get involved. Send us an email to be included on the mailing list. 

Email to register your interest