Thurrock Community Health Champions

Thurrock CVS, in partnership with Thurrock Council, have developed a new vaccine support programme that is being supported by Thurrock Community Health Champions. The programme is to help increase the low uptake of vaccinations and help tackle misinformation.

Thurrock recently recruited 5 Community Health Champions, who will work in the areas of lowest uptake. They’re working out in the community identifying connectors and groups that can help to spread the correct messaging around vaccines. If you have a passion for developing strong and healthy communities and are interested in being part of this project please contact us on

Sarah Kimble

“Hi I’m Sarah, I started my career as a Registered Nurse when I was 18 and left in 2010 after 28 happy years.  Since then I have been doing various roles including a Covid-19 vaccinator for NELFT.  I live in Brentwood with my husband Paul, 2 children, Cavapoo Pippa.

“I feel strongly that us all having the Covid19 vaccine will help keep us safe and protect us from virus variants in the future.  I will be working specifically at the area of South Chafford. and will be based at the Beacon Center. It’s going to be challenging I know, however if I can influence a small number it will be a positive impact for me and Thurrock.”

“I love walking the dog with family and friends exploring new parks and beaches, travelling as and when we can, going to music gigs, cosy weekends away, and most of all a simple Sunday roast with the family.”

Ian Darlow

“My name is Ian, I am a Community Health Champion. I have been appointed along with a team of others to try to increase the covid 19 vaccine uptake in areas of low of Vaccination within Thurrock .

“My area is West Thurrock and Stifford, I am looking forward to getting to know the businesses and residents within my allotted area to try to increase the vaccination uptake. I have lived in Thurrock for almost 25 years, at the same address!

“Outside of work, our household has always had Rescue dogs so you will often see me out and about walking the them!”

Kerry Jones

“Hi I’m Kerry, I’ve had some varied jobs but mainly a legal background. I’ve worked for Thurrock Council for 3 years and the past 2 was in TCCA which was formed at the start of lockdown due to covid and then Test and Trace, I loved helping people during this time and wanted to continue doing so. In my Community Health Champion role I’ll be based in Ockendon and East Tilbury.

“I’ve lived in Thurrock for 28 years, I’m a mum of 2 kids, and a nanny! And in my spare time I enjoy attending the theatre and concerts.”

Susan Tyson

“Hi I’m Sue, during the Covid pandemic I became interested in how we can work together as a community to help support each other to protect our health and wellbeing.

“I applied for the role of a Community Health Champion and was successful! I have been given the area of Tilbury and am really looking forward to getting to know everyone there.

“I live just outside of Thurrock but know some of the area from previous visits. I have two grown up sons and I have previously worked as a hairdresser and beautician and in a dentist and as a support worker in a school so I have great communication skills!”

Rukhsana Parveen

“My Name is Rukhsana, I am a Community Health Champion at Thurrock CVS and will be based in Grays Riverside.

“I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Manchester at a young age, and completed my bachelors at the University of Salford in Graphic Design communication. I moved to Grays a few months ago, so this area is still new to me and I know I have got so much to learn and explore. I have always been interested in Health and Social care, which was my initial choice of career but due to having difficulties I decided to pursue studies in creativity.

“I’m excited to have the chance to come back and do something for the community! As a Health Champion my aim is to increase trust in people weather it is for fear of vaccine or any other concerns they might have.”