CORONAVIRUS 2020 – HEALTH CRISIS: A Lifeline Support Project

The Covid-19 livelihood support project in the City of Leeds – Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Ward started in March 23rd after the lock down triggered by COVID-19. The local Councillor Asghar Khan has linked us with his Ward Lead Charity Mencap Leeds – Manager Bernie Gahann and a Partnership has been formed with Mencap Leeds to work alongside “hard to reach” 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 are also helping as Community care Volunteers people. Many people are suffering due to the effects of stay at Home, isolation, financial hardship and mental health. There are increased consumption of alcohol and drug misuse that is fueling and unreported cases of domestic violence and other crimes. Our approach is to find solutions and provide culturally intelligent leadership and enable local communities to remotely connect with their people.

COVID-19 Health Crisis Project Activities

Step 1. We are Setting out a Covid-19 Health Crisis Partnership at the ward Level – Burmantofts and Richmond Hill- To work with the Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), and the Lead Charity Mencap Leeds, and local Council

development Workers, Third Sector agencies and community / cultural groups respecting cultural and diversity values, cooperation, responsibility, communication and mutual respect.

Step 2. Trained Community Care Volunteers. To Provide key services and 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

Step 3. Step 6 Keep their communities connected using digital tools during the Covid-19 crisis, weekly zoom calls, online using livechat, accurate information, e-learning, health information, washing hands, stay and home, avoid close contacts,

Step 4. To look on the changing landscape 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

Step 5. Grassroots community response with certain disadvantaged community groups, Community Leaders and the elderly people to galvanise support of the Community

Step 6. We need to collate best practice and guidance and the way they see themselves participating 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

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