The Portsmouth community champion programme was launched in July 2021 initially focusing on COVID-19 ensuring communities had accurate information about the vaccination.

The programme has now expanded to include the following three priorities and we are looking for volunteers to support local communities across:

  • COVID-19 recovery
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Accessing healthcare

As community champion, you will share accurate information and gain an understanding of the needs of your community through conversation.

Starting with people you know, you will build trust and give people the information they need to live a longer and healthier life.

How might you support your community?

Every community is unique and will benefit from your support in different ways. Here are some questions to help you determine if the role would suit you:

  1. Could you make a difference in your community by finding out what is important to people?
  2. Do you have enthusiasm and willingness to help others?
  3. Do you have good social skills, can you listen and respect others?
  4. Could you build strong community engagement and connections through having a conversation?
  5. Could you support us to make connections with local communities?
  6. Could you help us to identify what information communities would find most useful?
  7. Could you share information which is of great importance to your community?
  8. Could you gain an understanding of thoughts and experiences of community and share them?
  9. Could you use knowledge and awareness of your community to inform local projects?

How do I sign up?

If you are aged 18 and over and excited about the support you could offer in your community, we would love to hear from you.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to reflecting the city’s diversity and promoting equality and inclusion. For this role, we positively encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented including Black, Chinese, Eastern European communities, applicants with disabilities and neurodiverse conditions. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments in support of your application.

There are community champions across all of Portsmouth; if you want to reach a community champion in your area, please email

Find out more, or apply to be a community champion volunteer