ATB Champions

Can you be a Champion?

It is very important we get into the heart of communities and this is often best achieved through informed local people talking to people in their own community, including family and friends, giving direct information and gathering honest feedback.

Our Patient, Public and Carer Engagement team want people to help tell others how All Together Better (ATB) might work for them by becoming an ‘All Together Better Champion’.

What will an ATB Champion do?

The role of the ATB Champion can be a very rewarding and interesting one. It involves talking informally to people in your local community, telling them about All Together Better and the services involved and recording (writing down) some of their views.

The role does not require Champions give a formal presentation, it is simply a matter of talking to people you know in local groups and your social circle, sharing information, and taking a few notes using some pre-prepared simple forms.

You don’t have to use health or social care yourself, you should simply enjoy talking to people and have an interest in how we can improve these services for local people. You can be of any age or background – but should live in Sunderland.

Interested? Read our FAQs to find out more:

What would I have to commit to?

I’m interested, what would I have to commit to?

We provide a number of training and support sessions to give our volunteer Champions the knowledge required to talk to people about All Together Better.

Preparing for this important role requires attendance at a number of preparatory induction and training sessions as well as formal registration process requirements for your benefit.

  • Introduction to All Together Better – 1.5 hours
  • Structured All Together Better Champion’s Training – 2 hours
  • Age UK Volunteer Induction training (Volunteer handbook\Policies\Safeguarding) – 1.5 hours
  • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check
  • As you will be working with vulnerable members of the community we require two character references one of which should be work related wherever possible. Referees should not be related to you, or living with you as your partner, and should have known you for at least two years.
  • There will also be lots of ongoing support available to help you carry out this important role.
How do I sign up?

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in becoming an ATB Champion, or simply want to find out a little more via a friendly chat, please contact Mike Lowthian, Patient, Public, and Carers’ Engagement Team (PPCE):
On 0191 5148322 or Email

How long will I be a champion?


You don’t have to commit to set times or regular activity – just help us engage with local people and groups over the next few months until March 2017. As well as finding opportunities to talk to people in your own social circle we may ask you to help out with some pre-planned events when you are free.

Future Public Events

These are open events that you are more than welcome to attend to find out more about All Together Better by speaking with some of our Champions.

Lookout for our all Together Better banners at a public venue in your neighbourhood, come and talk to our All Together Better Champions to find out more!

We’re planning more engagement events for the new year. Please keep checking back.