Manchester Community Health Trainers
“Helping you to help Yourself”
What are the Health Trainers?
Health Trainers can help individuals to make small changes that will make a big difference to their life. By offering practical support and guidance in key topic areas the Health Trainers can support individuals to:
- Eat healthily
- Become more active
- Sleep soundly
- Manage stress,
- Become smoke free or
- Drink less alcohol.
Health Trainers use a range of techniques for supporting people to set and maintain their own personalised SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) goals. The first assessment session includes a health assessment to review the person’s opinion of their current general health, well-being and health goals. Health Trainers work with individuals supporting them to identify barriers and opportunities within their own lives which either hinder adopting good habits or could support healthy change. Therefore the approach is person-centred with the aim being for the client to make their own decisions.
Health Trainers speak a number of languages; these include Somali, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Mirpuree, Gujarati, Dutch and Greek. Health Trainers have a very good knowledge of facilities and services in different communities and are able to provide practical support through escorting people to new group activities or to the shops to buy healthy food etc. Where necessary, Health Trainers will support people to find the right professional programme (such as ‘Stop Smoking Services’) and support people in adopting the professional recommendations.
Who can access the service?
People who live in Manchester and are over 18 can access the service.
Health Trainers are based with different services across the city, a person can be referred by an agency or make a self referral to a Health Trainer.
Get in contact!
To find out more general information about the service or to refer yourself or someone to a local Health Trainer contact Aurora Robb.