Covid Confidence Workshops

Hosted by Darnall Well Being in partnership with Sheffield Community Contact Tracers.  Supported by Sheffield City Council.

Our Approach

We know that talking works.  It helps us make sense of things and to support people to understand how to respond to advice.  If we feel more confident, then others will: understand the risks, be able to recognise symptoms, know what to do about self-isolating, know where to get support to manage it, consider contact tracing etc etc

We have begun a rolling programme of ‘co-training’ – where we share dilemmas, develop ideas for conversations together, and decide how to take action to keep ourselves and other people safe. We hope to create a respectful, compassionate and safe place for people to connect.  Sub-groups may form to work on particular solutions.

screenshot from slides at Covid Confidence workshop 1
Slide from Covid Confidence Workshop 1

Slides from previous workshops are available to download here:

Our first sessions have raised a number of topics for wider discussion and problem solving together, including:

  • How do we communicate with others about Covid? Some people don’t always trust or understand the advice about what to do.
  • How do we allow people to share different perspectives? Discussing with people can be difficult because of different languages, beliefs and personal circumstances.
  • How can we become a trustworthy voice in the community?
  • How do we support people to get tested and to isolate?
  • How do we find practical solutions together?

Future sessions aim to offer solutions, and collaborate on the skills and resources needed.

Sessions are usually on a Wednesday, 11am – 12.30pm. You can take part via a Zoom link. 

We held our first session on Wednesday 30th September 2020, and following sessions were on 14th October, 18th November and 6th January 2021. Our next session will be on 20th January.

The sessions welcome local people who live, volunteer or work in the area, or are supporting a local project or service in the Darnall Ward. We also welcome representatives from other communities in Sheffield.

The session was very educative and engaging.

Dr Hawa Yatera
Chair & Executive Director, United Women Affiliation

Really positive, practical and great joint working

Susannah Brewer
ISRAAC Somali Community Association

If you are thinking about getting involved, or have someone in mind that you think would benefit or would like to contribute their ideas and experiences, please get in touch:

enquiries@darnallwellbeing.org.uk /  (0114) 249 6315

Myths about Covid-19

One theme which has come up repeatedly on our Covid Confidence sessions is myths and disinformation about Covid-19. We discuss some of these in the sessions, and also encourage people to remember how far these myths can spread, if they are shared without any fact checking.

graphic showing how rumours and misinformation can spread
WHO graphic about the spread of disinformation

We have also looked at some good, independent websites where you can check whether a post about Covid-19 is correct.

There’s this short video from the WHO:

https://www.who.int/teams/risk-communication/infodemic-management#

And a list of common myths debunked by WHO here, with a graphic for each one:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Full Fact also has some useful independent information about how to check if a post is true:

https://fullfact.org/health/how-to-fact-check-coronavirus/

Snopes is an independent fact checking website based in the US.

And there’s also a database of myths from around the world, addressed here: