To help residents stay up-to-date with the latest factual information on COVID-19 and its impact on the borough, we are launching a community information champion scheme.
The scheme aims to get the right information direct to residents, so they can make informed choices to protect themselves and their loved ones. It will also help to dispel myths and challenge fake news.
Community information champions will be regularly sent information from the council via email. This can then be forwarded on to friends, family or other contacts.
Messages will be kept short and to the point. Champions will not have to research or edit the information and can easily explain it when speaking to friends or family in person or on the phone.
Anyone can apply and we encourage people from all communities to come forward.
Champions can also feedback anything that needs further clarification or myth-busting. We will then act on the feedback and refine the messaging to meet community needs and keep the borough safe.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:
“We’ve been getting information out to residents throughout the pandemic through a variety of platforms and channels. Our partners have been great in helping us push these messages even further, but we need the help of the community to make sure we’re getting to as many people as possible, which is where the community information champions come in.
"Disappointingly, fake news reports circulating in the local media and on social media have caused unnecessary panic among the community. This only increases confusion and anxiety, which is unhelpful for everyone. We’re calling on the community to help us dispel the myths so Bracknell Forest can continue fighting against the spread of the virus armed with facts, not fiction.
"Community information champions can help us achieve that by simply passing on short, factual messages to their family, friends and network.
"It is a voluntary role and we’d love for as many residents as possible to sign up. It won’t take up much time, all we ask is that you send the information on – that could be to just one person or 100 people, depending on your family, friends and network.
"So please, sign up - it could make all the difference in helping to protect your family, friends and loved ones while keeping Bracknell Forest open.”
To sign up, visit our community information champions page.
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