One Knowsley, alongside Knowsley Council, helps launch Community Vaccine Champions Programme to promote vaccine uptake in the borough

Date posted:
Wed 16 March 2022

One Knowsley, the infrastructure support body for the third sector in Knowsley, has this week announced the launch of its Community Vaccine Champions Programme alongside Knowsley Council, with the scheme aiming to boost vaccine uptake in the borough.

Working in partnership with Knowsley Council, One Knowsley will be utilising £485,000 worth of funding to promote vaccine uptake in communities where vaccination levels are particularly low. The programme will also look to develop a trusted and reputable voice that can address practical barriers to vaccination.

With every ward in Knowsley having vaccination rates that are lower than the national average, One Knowsley will also be recruiting volunteer Community Vaccine Champions, to act as trusted voices aiming to make a difference in the borough. Sean Keyes, managing director of civil and structural engineering firm Sutcliffe and Lynn Lock, chief executive of I Am Moore are already on board, and One Knowsley will be recruiting people from all walks of life from across the borough.

Racheal Jones, chief executive, One Knowsley, said:

“Knowsley still struggles with vaccine uptake and our uptake rate is still lower than many of our counterparts which is why the introduction of our borough’s Community Vaccine Champions programme led by Knowsley Council and One Knowsley is more important than ever before.

“With the programme aiming to address the practical barriers towards vaccination, in the process reducing the disparities in vaccine uptake, our work will help reach those in our most vulnerable communities, giving them the knowledge and confidence to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.”

Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said:

“Despite the easing of restrictions, coronavirus is still circulating in our communities and the number of cases across the borough remains high.

“Vaccination remains our best form of defence against COVID-19. Not only are you less likely to get seriously ill if you’re vaccinated, but you are also less likely to pass it on, meaning you help protect those around you.

“I am delighted that One Knowsley will be leading this project to help us break down barriers to vaccination in the borough and encourage our residents to get protected and help keep Knowsley safe.”

Sean Keyes, managing director, Sutcliffe, said: “With a long-standing strategic plan of working within the Knowsley borough, I have seen first-hand the skill, the ingenuity and the potential that the borough has.

“As a Community Vaccine Champion I will fly the flag for the borough and ensure I do all I can to promote vaccine uptake - which I see as incredibly important, especially as a company and employer that works with residents and within the borough on a daily basis.”

With full support from Knowsley Council, community grants in excess of £5,000 will be provided for community organisations to work both independently and with existing community leaders to engage various audience’s dependent on their interests and capabilities, with microgrants also available for Community Vaccination Champions to develop and resource their own initiatives.

To become a Community Vaccine Champion, email - a voluntary role, Champions will have all travel expenses reimbursed when carrying out One Knowsley work.