Community Health Development Officer

Louisa - Community Health Development ManagerI joined Enfield Council the week after the first lockdown. This was a manic time for the Public Health team, everyone was working really hard, but they were incredibly supportive. This is what I really like about working at Enfield and is a testament to our culture.

My role is largely working with the community and partners to deliver positive outcomes for our communities. I am focused on developing community assets, using the skills and knowledge of our residents and voluntary sector partners to work together. You can’t get anywhere with addressing health inequalities if you don’t build the foundations of strong community relationships and trust.

For example, during the pandemic I worked closely with a local church in Enfield Town, which became a community health champion, running a series of health and wellbeing events for Black African communities that has gained national coverage for their successes.

There are lots of opportunities for personal development in the Council. My managers have really encouraged me to challenge myself, pushing me to do different things or take the lead in different projects. There are also opportunities to attend different courses and training to continually pursue professional development.