Support and resources for BAME Communities

This page lists information, sources of support and resources for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

If you have symptoms, you can book a free test to check if you have coronavirus.  The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

Support and services

Black and Minority Ethnic Health and Wellbeing Service in Cheshire East

The Health and wellbeing service was set up to meet the needs of individuals from minority and vulnerable groups who suffer from mild to moderate mental health problems. This services takes a holistic account, including cultural, language and religious needs. We provide one-to-one support to individuals, over the phone or in our office or we can support you in the community

Vesta 

O.C.E.A.N - Organising and Caring for Ethic and All Nations

O.C.E.A.N provides a voice for ethnic minorities in Cheshire East. and aims to reduce social isolation and enhance wellbeing in the community. It works to enhance community cohesion between all different ethnic minorities by providing a centre for the whole community to belong to and use daily.

UKLGIG and the Red Cross have set up two Google groups to facilitate communications in the refugee and migration sector on coronavirus. 

  • The COVID-19 operations group will focus on service delivery, support and sustaining organisations 
  • The COVID-19 policy group will discuss policy and advocacy efforts around migrants and refugees and COVID-19

If you would like to join either or both groups, please email Catherine at UKLGIG

The Quran for Hospitals Project

A scheme providing Quran speakers to hospitals in the UK.

Resources

The UK Government have translated the guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into a number of languages. The documents can be found here:

Doctors of The World have published COVID-19 guidance for patients in a number of languages (and continue to add more). The guidance is based on the government's advice and health information and was produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice. 

Translated audio guidance on COVID-19 has been updated by Doctors of the World.

Pearn Kandola – a business psychology consultancy which has an aim to make the modern workplace fair for everyone by promoting Diversity and Inclusion and eradicating prejudice and unfairness. They have produced a series of webinars and articles relating to COVID-19.

A resource on parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic, produced by The Parenting for Lifelong Health project is available in over 50 languages at covid19parenting.com

To help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus, 50 humanitarian organisations have produced a children's storybook available online and as an audiobook in 24 languages.

Askdoc have produced short videos translating NHS England Covid-19 advice in various languages. 

South Asian Health Foundation have a range of resources and links about Coronavirus in South Asian languages.

Public Health England have information for migrants translated into different languages available to download.

Europia is also working with Doctors of the World, providing them with translations of COVID-19 NHS Guidance into Bulgarian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian and Lithuanian. 

MHCLG and Public Health England have produced guidance for Covid-19 and hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping.

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have produced resources including advice for individuals and mosques and guidance from the National Burial Council

You can watch their weekly community briefings 

The Ubele Initiative have a dedicated Covid-19 support and resource page for BAME communities which includes the option to stay up to date by signing up for their weekly newsletter. 

Spark & Co have a Covid-19 resource hub for BAME communities.

Equally Yours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum) have launched a one-stop information hub for policy-makers and the voluntary sector on Covid-19, equality and human rights. They also publish a fortnightly newsletter which brings together news, information and events relating to equality and social justice. 

Information

The Ubele Initiative conducted two surveys between 19 March and 4 April. The initial findings and the latest report.

Joint letter on protecting migrants from COVID-19
Asylum Matters have joined together with other organisations to sign a joint letter to the Home Secretary calling for specific measures to protect migrants and the general population from COVID-19. This included calls for the suspension of all NHS charging and data-sharing for the purposes of immigration enforcement and the suspension of the ‘no recourse to public funds’ conditions to ensure everyone can access support. You can read the letter and add your name, and read coverage in the Independent.

EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

Find out changes to the application process in light of the current Covid-19 crisis.

Changes to the asylum and immigration processes due to COVID19 explained here: https://righttoremain.org.uk/

Other resources for migrants and their advocates

EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

Runnymede Trust have written to the education secretary to ask that he ensures that lower socio-economic backgrounds are not disadvantaged by the exam assessment which will replace GCSE's, AS and A levels. Read more in the Times Education Supplement.

Charity So White have published a position paper giving an overview of risks and impact of Covid-19 on racial inequalities within the UK and gives recommendations for civil society and it's funders to help address the issues.

The Black South West Network are conducting a survey of the impact that Covid-19 is having on Black and Asian led businesses and organisations. The initial findings are documented.

Europia have a page of  information relating to Covid-19 and how they are responding.

Asylum Matters have put together updates relating to Covid-19 and it's impact of asylum and migration.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have published a report exploring whether some ethnic groups are more vulnerable to Covid-19 than others

This is a fast-changing situation and although this page is updated regularly, the information contained may not be fully up to date. If you are aware of information that you think would be useful for this page, please email mark.hughes@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Story maps - Hidden histories Black Story Month – Research taken from the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

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