Leeds CORONAVIRUS HEALTH CRISIS: March 2020
A Lifeline Support Project
Early the Year, January 2020 Fountain of Refuge Ministries, a Church Charity in Leeds got funding from the Big Lottery Community Fund and invited Myton Community College based in Kingston Upon Hull to Leeds to support them to deliver activities to support struggling families, people with health issues and Unemployment.
However after a short while in Leeds in March 23rd 2020 the lock down brought the Church Partnership community project to an end. We requested the Big Lottery funding Officer to change our plans and use the remaining funds to fight the coronavirus menance. The funding was approved and the Covid-19 livelihood Support Project in the City of Leeds – Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Ward started with support of Councillor Asghar Khan who linked us with his Ward Lead Hub Charity Mencap Leeds – Manager Bernie Gahan and a Partnership has been formed to work alongside “hard to reach” BAME communities with language and cultural barriers who are likely “slip through the net. A Zoom meeting on 27th April 2020 with Ward Locality Managers is helping us to connect better with the “hard to reach” groups, to share excellent videos and Coronavirus Household Leaflet in different languages to help communicate key Covid-19 messages. Unfortunately – Tigrinya seems to be the only African language. More languages are needed. Misinformation rumours and online falsehoods are common among the migrants’ communities.
We were also recruited as Community care Volunteers in Leeds to help people affected by the stay at Home, isolation, financial hardship and mental health and increased alcohol and drug misuse that is fueling and unreported cases of domestic violence and other crimes. Our approach has been to find solutions and provide culturally intelligent leadership and enable local communities to remotely connect with their people.
We have now set up Set up a BAME Learning Partnership made up of three organizations Myton Community College, Provide 31 Woman and Hamara Healthy Living Centre to work together to address Covid-19 Health Crisis at grassroots levels in Leeds – Burmantofts, Richmond Hill, Beeston, Gipton, Hare Hills and Chapel Town- to work with the Leeds communities, City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), and other Third Sector Organisations.
Big Lottery funded COVID-19 Health Crisis Activities
Kingston Upon Hull May 2020
Myton Community College has got new funding from Big Lottery Award for All funding to Provide key COVID-19 Health Crisis Activities, Community support, emergency support, to most isolated and vulnerable groups; the elderly, assist to identify problems and situations and what kind of support is needed and feedback and addressing these
The project is keeping communities connected using digital tools during the Covid-19 crisis, weekly zoom calls, online using live chat, accurate information, e-learning, health information, washing hands, stay and home, avoid close contacts,
We working with local Arts projects Create and Express delivering activities of changing landscape to mitigate the effects on mental health, domestic violence, physical health, counseling, benefits and debts, Universal credit, homelessness, Disability, Addiction, Support groups, youth, children and families, older people, refugees and Asylum seekers
The funding is helping Grassroots community response focusing on certain BAME disadvantaged community groups, Community Leaders and the elderly people to galvanize support of the Community in the fight against Coronavirus
Our aim is to work together to collate best practice and guidance and the way the people come out of the Lockdown and start participating in the life of the community now and in the future
Hull Women In Veil (November 2018 to December 2019)
This project delivered a resettlement support services to Syria and Maghreb families in Hull focusing on Women and Girls. The Big Lottery Funding supported Social and recreational activities welcoming family members feel at home and able to quickly acclimatise to living in the UK.
We addressed specific requirements outlined in the Big Lottery Funded project.
- Establishing a life in the UK – The resettling families able to mingle with others, make a life for themselves in the UK,
- through accessing community activities, Workshops, access to social and recreation activities, the research to
- Determining the different options for language skills available in the City.
- The project worked with other Charities and VCS. These could include human rights organizations and, refugee support collectives.
- Advise on accessing appropriate mental health services and specialist services for victims of torture as appropriate.
- Make them aware of, and support them in attendance at, local community activities, within and without the sponsoring organization, such as children’s playgroups, coffee mornings, local clubs, local events, etc.
- provide support and assistance where there is needs are not met by mainstream provision, such as registering children with local schools as soon as possible
- We helped Helped Women and Girls from Syria with undetermined residency status to come together as a group, get involved in the design of a Community project, organise a workshop, make video diaries (o) draw on their own experiences and perspectives – deepening the public understanding of the circumstances in which they live.
- Collectives will work together in a Social Action project to provide newcomers with opportunity to respond
The project incorporated digital skills into cultural programme orientation, including informal Career Information, Advice and Guidance and provided newly arrived with assistance with access to employment, including development of curriculum vitae, and education potential and volunteering opportunities as options within the community for family members