COVID-19 Prevention Project
REN is delivering the COVID-19 Prevention Project which began in September 2020 with funding from Bradford Council. The project aims to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and Central and Eastern European (CEE) communities living in the Bradford District and address health inequalities for BAME and CEE Communities as a result of COVID-19.
To raise awareness amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities of the need to prevent infection of the COVID-19 virus by following government guidance and any local guidance issued by the Council’s Public Health Department. Part of this awareness programme will also highlight the impact on wider social determinants of health. The project will also support Public Health Bradford to deal with local outbreaks and to support communities at particular risk of an outbreak.
How does the project work?
This project is based on partnership working and sharing of resources. REN have commissioned four main ‘anchor’ organisations to assist with the delivery of the project, chosen for their strong links to communities and existing relationships with other organisations. In addition to the anchors, REN have funded 22 organisations to deliver specific aspects of the work across the district.
You can see the organisations involved in the project listed below:
REN Anchor Organisations
REN Small Grant Recipients
Providing food parcels to the elderly from the Windrush community and supporting them to reduce isolation.
Mary Magdalene CIC
Raising awareness amongst young people of Covid-19 including infection control, testing and risks.
The Laisterdyke Hub Bradford
Hosting digital wellbeing session for BAME women such and developing social connections, reducing loneliness and isolation.
Bangladeshi Youth Organisation (BYO)
Active sports sessions to bring socially isolated and disaffected children into a safe supportive environment.
Running a BAME telephone befriending and support service
Meri Yaadain CIC
Delivering Zoom webinars to provide information to raise awareness of dementia and available services.
Bradford Hate Crime Alliance
Training COVID Youth Ambassadors to support victims of Hate Crime and provide face-face delivery through social distancing to encourage people to report Hate Crime.
Providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to adult Asian and BAME young women who have been affected by COVID- 19.
Bradford Foundation Trust
Expanding workshops for refugees and asylum seeker communities to ensure that COVID-19 information is accessible, delivering a food bank, socially distanced community mingling project, and translation of information into community languages.
Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford
Supporting vulnerable South Asian people who suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and obesity to understand the consequences of the Covid-19 and improve their quality of life.
Providing support over Zoom and telephone helpline in Hindi and Gujarati.
NAFs Nutrition advice and fitness and self-care
Providing activities including Zumba dance, netball, arts and crafts, poetry writing to express feelings, fears and worries during the lockdown.
New Libya society (NLS)
Providing key COVID-19 messages to Arabic communities in Bradford around via Zoom and socially distanced sessions.
Bringing youth from Black ethnic minorities together to participate in health and fitness activities.
Providing advice and support drop-in sessions for Roma families in Bowling park area.
Reducing isolation by providing opportunities for participants to make friends and talk to professionals.
Muslim Women’s Council
Offering lifeline- telephone helpline to support Muslim women and girls to help address issues of bereavement, actual or potential domestic violence.
Highfield Food Coop
Deliver sessions around COVID-19 and distributing PPE. Distributing leaflets design posters in different languages to raise awareness around covid-19.
African Caribbean Achievement Project (ACAP)
Offering mentoring, counselling and guidance to young people who are struggling to cope with falling behind in education. Support educational needs with professional mentors.
Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre
Delivering digital support to bridge gaps of communication skills of vulnerable users experiencing mental health issues, isolation, domestic violence and language issues heightened as a result of COVID- 19.
West Bowling Activity Group
Working with local centres to provide health and wellbeing information and training in different languages such as English, Urdu, Punjabi.
Providing a support package that gives young people a better and more informed understanding of COVID-19.