Lancaster District needs Respiratory Infection Community Champions (RICC)

Around 1 in 3 children in the UK will develop bronchiolitis before their first birthday. During the winter months, they are particularly at risk from this infection, which causes the tiniest airways in children’s lungs to become swollen, making it difficult for them to breathe.

In partnership with Spring North and NHS England, LDCVS is supporting the Lancaster district in the fight against this illness by running an awareness campaign across our network. We are also recruiting and training volunteer Respiratory Infection Community Champions (RICC) who will work with our communities to ensure that appropriate, up-to-date information on bronchiolitis is available, including what it is, how to spot it, and what to do if you are worried about your child.

RICCs will help to educate families about respiratory infections, particularly;

  • parents of children aged under 2 years,
  • digitally excluded residents, and
  • people from diverse backgrounds.

If you have a passion for helping others and want to make a difference, you can register through our Volunteer Centre to join the team of RICCs.

NHS England has published this traffic-light system guidance to help families spot and manage the condition. Please share this information and the volunteering opportunity with your network, to help us find volunteers and reach more families.

For more information, please email Mark, [email protected].