Muslim Charities Forum as Intermediary Partner for Comic Relief has launched the Global Majority Fund for organisations who work with communities facing racial inequality within the UK. MCF has now opened the funding application process for small-medium organisations to apply for project or core costs for up to £10,000.
This fund offers grants of up to £10,000 for work in the UK that relieves the emergency needs of communities facing racial inequality and impacted by the effects of Covid-19. For the purposes of this fund, ‘communities facing racial inequality’ refers to communities typically but not exclusively referred to as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). These are communities who may be facing discrimination, disadvantage or be marginalised.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation has recently launched its new grants programme for mall and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues. In response to listening to charities, grants are now available for 3 year periods (with the possibility of extending further) and can cover core and project costs. The fund will distribute £9.5m across 2021.
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. The NHS Health Checks is a health check-up designed to spot the early signs of these conditions and helps to find ways to lower this risk. Thrive Tribe has designed this questionnaire to find out if residents in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea are aware of this service and what barriers prevent residents from accessing it.
The new report ‘Ethnic diversity in fertility treatment’ highlights disparities in access to and outcomes of fertility treatment by ethnic group from 2014-18 and actions for the HFEA and others to undertake in response. The report highlights that people from ethnic minority backgrounds undergoing fertility treatment are less likely to have a baby, with Black patients having the lowest chances of successful treatment.
Are you interested to support your neighbourhood to find way to eat well and be active? Join us to create Neighbourhood Projects to support children, young people, and families to: eat better. move more, and feel good. We are inviting any members of the community to bring their local knowledge and co-create a movement to improve physical health and wellbeing in your area.
If you live in NW London and were eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine this winter or are the main carer for an older or vulnerable person, there are three ways you can now book your first Covid-19 vaccination: 1. Follow one of the links below to book in at the vaccination centre closest to you. 2. Wait for your GP surgery to contact you with an appointment. 3.Wait to be notified by the NHS National Booking System.
Led by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and being conducted by Ipsos MORI, this is the UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of 17,000 people from ethnic and religious minority groups.
Mahbuba Sabur who is an Emotional support worker, Community Development worker and Westminster resident relates her recent experience of getting the COVID vaccine.
Advice Services Alliance, with support from the London Legal Support Trust and former members of the Black and Minority Ethnic Advice Network (BAN), are conducting a short research investigation into the key challenges facing advice organisations working to support diverse communities in London. The project will explore the key challenges and support needs of these organisations and consider how to best meet these now and in the future.
Residents aged 65 and over can now book their vaccine online – without an invite. Book online now if you're eligible. You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply: you are aged 65 and over; you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable); you are an eligible frontline health worker; you are an eligible frontline social care worker.
Mrs Khalida Qureshi, wife of the late Cllr Mushtaq Qureshi had her COVID-19 vaccine at St Charles. She said: ”It was very well organised at St Charles and I was seen very quickly. The volunteers were very helpful and the vaccination was painless. I would encourage everyone to get the vaccination so that life can get back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The BME Health Forum is thrilled to announce that they are one of the 10 charities who have recently been awarded Comic Relief's Global Majority fund which is set to help hundreds of smaller grass roots projects across the UK that provide vital services to diverse communities who have the greatest risk of Covid-19.
People who are aged 70 and over who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccination, and would like to, can contact the NHS to arrange their appointment. For all the latest on booking a COVID-19 vaccine visit the NHS website
Watch Lena Choudary-Salter, CEO of Mosaic Community Trust, take the COVID vaccine and tell us her thoughts about it on the following YouTube video recording the event.
The Coronavirus Resources Centre has published a range of translated social assets (cleared for use in England only) covering: MHRA explained; Vaccines Matter; Vaccine Deployment; Vaccine standards; Vaccine Testing and Vaccine UK trials. Languages include: Arabic; Bengali; Guajarati; Hindi; Punjabi (Indian and Pakistani); Polish; Slovak; Somali and Urdu. Also NHSE vaccination videos: London doctors, nurses and other frontline staff came forward to record messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English – in the capital to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach all Londoners.
Petros Tesfagherghis, Secretary of Eritrean Elders Welfare Association at Ladbrook Grove had the Pfizer vaccine. He says: ‘Hi Nafsika. I had the vaccine. It was such a relief! No side effects. I still follow the advice, keep my distance, cover my face and wash hands. Petros.’
ASK DOC are in the process of producing a number of videos in different languages about the COVID-19 vaccine to pass on information and hopefully challenge common misconceptions covering the following: How it works - Why ethnic minorities should have it - When will I get it - What’s the process for getting it. Videos are currently available in Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Pushto, Tamil, Turkish, Gujurati and Somali.
Letters inviting residents to register for an appointment at large vaccination centres have now started to be sent out by the national booking service to people in the first priority groups. The letters invite people to log onto the national booking system or call a national number to book their appointment at a centre within 45 minutes of their home address.
Dr Iram Sattar (GP & MWNUK Trustee) separates fact from fiction in this short video. Iram debunks the misinformation surrounding the newly established Covid-19 vaccine and encourages everyone to take the vaccine when offered!
Concia Albert, Westminster resident and Head of Social Prescribing at One Westminster relates her recent experience of getting the Coronavirus vaccine.
Unable to work from home and have no Coronavirus symptoms. Get tested. You can now get a free rapid Community Test if you have no symptoms and are a key worker or are unable to work from home.
If you live in Westminster or Kensington and Chelsea and you’re over 16, you can order your free contraception and sexual health test online through SHL.uk London’s online sexual health service.
The COVID-19 Infographics website contains infographics available to download to help summarise key points about COVID-19 in a variety of languages to get the right information, in an easy to understand format, to these communities.
All children aged 2 and 3 can have a free flu vaccine at their GP practice. The vaccine is usually given as a single painless spray squirted up the nose. This spray contains a highly processed from of porcine gelatine. The NHS are now able to offer an alternative to families who prefer not to have the nasal spray. Parents of 2/3year olds can request an injected flu vaccine for their child at their GP practice. This injected vaccine does NOT contain gelatine.
Please download and see the House of Commons/ House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights report: Black people, racism, and human rights - including formal minutes relating to the report.
"In the early weeks of the Covid pandemic, as mounting evidence began to show that Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities were dying at a disproportionate rate, I was asked by the Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, to lead a review to investigate the reasons. It was immediately apparent that the impact on people’s health was inseparable from economic prospects and experiences of discrimination."
Witnessing, hearing or being involved in any violent or traumatic events can leave people in a state of confusion and fear. Children and young people, in particular, find it difficult to make sense of such experiences. The “Talking to your Children about Violent Incidents” booklet provides handy tips for parents, carers and other adults on how to initiate and sustain that conversation and support, along with details of some helpful services. (Booklet also available in Arabic, Somali, Bengali (Sylheti) and Kurdish (Sorani) languages.
The BME Health Forum has been funded by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council to run a project providing information to BME communities about the NHS Test and Trace service. We are working with 11 partners to reach 950 households where people are not fluent English speakers and may find it difficult to access information about the NHS Test and Trace service.
Curious about the absence of black and minority ethnic voices on the theme of hereditary conditions, Yemisi Bokinni, a medical doctor by background with a degree in human genetics embarked on a year-long journey to find individuals and explore the dynamics of living with a hereditary condition from this perspective.
Imperial College Healthcare Trust continue to provide urgent and emergency care for all conditions - not only Covid-19. We are beginning to re-open our services, including routine elective procedures and surgery. In a short video presentation you can see important information about how they are keeping patients safe during the pandemic.
The South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) partnered with the Centre for BME Health to produce the report on COVID-19 in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic populations published last week.They have developed new recommendations to protect BAME communities from the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 that have been issued to help “close the gap” in health inequality.
In a short video presentation Nafsika Thalassis, Director of the BME Health Forum speaks about our work with NHS Imperial Healthcare Trust in responding to BME communities' concerns during the pandemic.
Healthwatch Central West London is sharing results from their recent research, which highlights the health and wellbeing concerns of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Central West London: Our 2019 engagement: Insights from BAME Communities in CWL; The latest results from our ongoing COVID-19 engagement (COVID-19: Your Experience Matters), highlighting the responses from BAME individuals in Central West London; and our plans for continuing to engage with BAME communities over the coming months.
Following on from ongoing work looking at the changing impact that COVID-19 is having on the way people live, Public Health England is interested in the impact of Covid–19 on people living with obesity. They are working with Dr Adrian Brown who is a Research Fellow and Specialist Dietitian at University College London to explore perceptions, attitudes and actions of people living with obesity to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For over 35 years, Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre has been supporting Arabic speaking families and those from an Arabic background in the local community. Since the Covid-19 government imposed lock-down we have kept our services running to serve All of our vulnerable clients. We have made changes in the way we work to keep everyone safe by working remotely.
At the beginning of March, WAND UK started thinking about how to adjust and cope with the new situation brought on by the Coronavirus. We understand the impact of self-isolation on mental health and general wellbeing. To help people maintain their own wellbeing, WAND UK started offering their yoga and dance classes online, mental health support and befriending.over the phone and also food deliveries.
Resources, Activities, and Tips for Families to empower children to work towards racial equality. This resource covers topics such as: What is the Black Lives Matter Movement; How do I open a conversation with children on race and racism?; How do I explain White Privilege?
BBC Asian Network have produced videos of GPs explaining COVID-19 in the following Asian languages: Gujurati, Tamil, Sylheti,Hindi and Urdu.
In respect of government guidelines relating to the COVID-9 outbreak we are announcing that the BME Health Forum's Emotional Well-being project is continuing via telephone support and with the support of our partners, we hope to be able to continue support clients who don’t speak English in a number of community languages during this difficult time.
In the following video Eddie Chan, former Chair of the BME Health Forum introduces the Chinese Health & Wellbeing Clinic services in Central London followed by lead doctor Dr Kit Wu who gives important public health information about the COVID 19 virus to the Chinese Community.