GM BAME Network eBulletin, May 2020

Welcome to our latest GM BAME e-bulletin which contains a selection of events, information and opportunities relevant to BME communities in Greater Manchester.Please feel free to forward this bulletin onto your colleagues, contacts and networks who can subscribe to receive their own copy by clicking here.

Note that GMCVO staff are currently working from home. We are endeavouring to continue to deliver our work and projects and all our staff will respond to emails and phone calls. The office phones will not be staffed, but voicemail messages can be left and staff will respond. St Thomas Centre is closed until further notice.

Our thoughts are with everyone experiencing difficulties at this time. Please stay well.
News and Publications
GM VCSE leaders are asking the Government for urgent help Chairs of GMCVO, the GM VCSE Leadership Group, the GM BAME Network and GM BAME SE Network and the GM Social Enterprise Network have today written to the Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak asking for more support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

The response of our local voluntary organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises to the current crisis has been genuinely inspirational. The letter explains just how vital they are to people in need, and how important they are to ‘building back better’. But their future has never been less certain, with every income stream disappearing at once.

Please read the letter, share it with your local MP and ask them to lobby the Chancellor on our behalf.

Support the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign Following on from the #EveryDayCounts campaign to secure government funding, there is still much work to do to ensure the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector can still complete its vital work to improve lives and make a difference.

The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the vital and amazing work that VCSE organisations do around the UK.We are particularly keen for Greater Manchester based organisations to take this chance to showcase they way you support and improve lives in our city region so do include #GMVCSE in your posts.
Launch of new BAME alliance in response to Covid-19 BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy. Reported statistics show that BAME communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; and as such, the group’s core purpose is to raise awareness and undertake impactful actions to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the UK’s BAME communities. The alliance will be developing a bespoke bereavement service and a single point of access for individuals and communities to access free counselling. FIND OUT MORE
Report published on the Impact of Covid-19 on the BAME Community and Voluntary Sector (Ubele Initiative) The findings of the surveys Ubele conducted suggest that if the crisis continues for up to 3 months, close to 90% of 137 BAME led micro and small organisations who responded to the survey could close permenantly within 3 months if the crisis extends into June. READ THE REPORT
Campaign launched to provide mental health support following Covid-19 outbreak Mental health charities from across Greater Manchester have teamed up in a new campaign, Beelieve, to support individuals, families and communities affected by Covid-19 by providing resources and equipment which will allow them to access emotional, therapeutic and practical help when and where it is needed. FIND OUT MORE
‘Together in One Voice’ – mass sing-a-long across GM from doorsteps and windows On Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm, Greater Manchester will fill the streets with music as local residents and famous faces come ‘Together in One Voice‘ for a mass sing-a-long from their doorsteps and windows. The event is being delivered by Social Enterprise and not-for-profits and will help profile the great work of the VCSE sector across GM. This unique and ambitious event will be livestreamed for audiences as it happens and then shared with the nation in full on Sunday 31st May.- To read the MEN article about the event click here.- If you would like your organisation to be featured, please get in touch with [email protected] to find out how
GM VCSE Leadership Group response to Covid-19 The GM VCSE Leadership Group have issued a statement in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s impact on the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester. They have also produced a Covid-19 response update which highlights the action taken so far by the Leadership Group on behalf of the sector during the current crisis, and the further steps it will be taking in the coming weeks and months. ACCESS THE DOCUMENTS
Shining a light on BAME efforts during Covid-19 Our Key Workers is a project created to recognise the efforts of Black, Asian and other ethnic minority key workers who are working round the clock, many without personal protective equipment, to keep us safe and the country running. FIND OUT MORE
GMCVO joins youth employment response group aiming to avoid a lost generation GMCVO has joined a cross-sector emergency response group that aims to tackle the problem of unemployment among young people in the wake of COVID-19. Over 70 of the country’s leading youth charities, employer groups and experts have united to form the ‘COVID-19 Youth Employment Group’.

GMCVO are the lead partner on Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent, a voluntary youth employment programme that works with hidden young people across all 10 Greater Manchester local authority areas.

It will design, deliver, and campaign for solutions to the immediate and long-term impact on young people’s employment prospects, particularly those who already face considerable challenges entering the labour market. The group will work to ensure young people receive quality support now, as well as helping plan for a healthy recovery of the youth labour market.
Short film about British Muslims supporting their neighbours across the UK through the pandemic (Muslim Charities Forum) A heart-warming video, researched, collated and produced by volunteers capturing some of the responses across the country by Muslim charities WATCH THE VIDEO
Join the Save Our Social Enterprises campaign Social Enterprises are at the heart of the fight against Coronavirus and yet many could run out of money before the end of June. Join the campaign to help urge Government to do more to support social enterprises. #SaveOurSocents #BuildBackBetter JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
The value of small community-led equalities research The Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board have launched a new report evaluating their experience of microfunding five community-led equalities research projects as part of the Ageing Equally? research programme. This report, the reports from the five community organisations, and simpler summaries of all reports, can be downloaded below. READ THE REPORT
UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy The Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy was released on the 11th May. FIND OUT MORE
Office for Civil Society Covid-19 Support Update This is a regular update from the Office for Civil Society as part of our commitment to keeping civil society stakeholders informed of the Government’s response to Covid-19 and support to the sector. We will continue to send these newsletters whenever we have relevant key updates for the sector. VIEW THE UPDATE
Resources & Support
GMCVO’s COVID-19 News and Updates webpage In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we have put together a dedicated web page which lists sources of advice and information useful to VCSE organisations on Greater Manchester. There is an overwhelming amount of information being circulated, and we hope our web page makes it more navigable. FIND OUT MORE
COVID-19 support and resources for BAME Communities (GMCVO) 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 see something missing that you think should be included, please email [email protected]
Mental health and well-being support – SilverCloud programme now freely available for all GM residents All GM residents can now access SilverCloud, a free, online therapy programme to help with stress, anxiety, low mood and depression during the #COVID19 outbreak. FIND OUT MORE
The Guardian Project – safeguarding and supporting girls affected by FGM (NESTAC & AFRUCA) The Guardian Project is a new and innovative pilot across Greater Manchester to coordinate care and support for girls and young women (up to 21 years old) affected by or at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The project brings together the expertise and knowledge of two specialist FGM orgs – NESTAC and AFRUCA. It is a free service. For all the info on accessing this service click on the link below. FIND OUT MORE
Ear for you – Support line for BAME communities across Greater Manchester (NESTAC & Support Our Sisters Project) Support project run by a team of registered mental health practitioners, psychotherapists and bilingual peer mentors skilled in cultural counselling offering emotional support for women and young girls who have been victims of violence, or suffered stress and anxiety related to bereavement, grief and emotional recovery from covid-19. For all the info on accessing this service click on the link below. FIND OUT MORE
Caring, Working, Living publish Support Agency Directory GMVCO project, Caring Working Living has published a directory listing of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) and public sector organisations across Greater Manchester that provide employment support as well as welfare, housing, finance, caring and mental health & wellbeing support. FIND OUT MORE
Resources published to enable employers to attract parents and carers (Returners) into the workplace Caring Working Living have also published a new report ‘Flexible working: the role of job boards in better promoting flexible work’ and a guide for employers on ‘How to attract Returners to your organisation’ ACCESS BOTH RESOURCES HERE
Managing mental health during Covid-19 The NHS have compiled a list of of helpline and support groups who can offer expert advice on mental health and wellbeing here.Mind have specific advice on how to cope during this difficult time here.
Advice on involving volunteers (NCVO) NCVO have advice on involving volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak FIND OUT MORE
Finance & Funding
GMCVO’s dedicated Covid-19 Funding page Find out about funding available for people and organisations affected by the pandemic on our dedicated page COVID-19 FUNDING PAGE
COVID-19 emergency funding briefing A helpful document outlining examples of covid-19 emergency funding opportunities currently available FIND OUT MORE
Grants to support mental wellbeing (GMCVO & 10GM) Along with 10GM, GMCVO have launched a grants programme to support communities of identity or experience to develop higher levels of mental wellbeing
Deadline: 30th June 2020
10GM Funding Bulletin – May 2020 The latest Funding Bulletin produced by 10GM, a partnership of local support and development agencies in Greater Manchester has been produced FIND OUT MORE
Community Support Fund (Forever Manchester) During these uncertain times, we know that grassroot community groups are responding to the impact of Covid-19 through kindness, coming together to help those most affected however they can.
To support these local responses, Forever Manchester is offering awards of up to £5,000
Coronavirus Emergency Fund (CAF) This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. FIND OUT MORE
GM ESF Community Grants: Re-Connect Fund (response to COVID-19) This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.
Deadline: 3rd June 2020
National Lottery Community Fund – Coronavirus grant funding The National Lottery Community Fund are distributing £370m of goverment funding and £300m of lottery funding to projects and organisations best placed to support their communities at this vital time. Applications should be made to the following funds:
Awards For All – grants of £300-£10,000
Reaching Communities – grants over £10,000
Deadline: ongoing for both funds
Grants of £300 to £100,000 for food charities for Covid-19 emergency food response (DEFRA) If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to provide food those who need it.

On Monday 11th May, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a Food Charities Grant Fund.

Deadline: Defra encourages frontline food charities to apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this grant funding.
COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant: phase 2 open for applications (WRAP – Waste and Resources Action Programme) WRAP are offering financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000.
Deadline: 4th June
GMCVO continuing to offer social investment to social enterprises and trading charities ‘Blended finance’ (mix of grant and loan) aimed at small and very small social enterprises and charities that trade, including new organisations. Whether you address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people’s life chances, enhance culture or protect the environment – if the business trades for the common good, this opportunity is for you.
Deadline: Ongoing
Resonance Community Developers Fund – investment for projects developing community led and owned assets (Resonance & GMCVO) This fund invests in projects looking to develop community led and owned assets for both affordable/social housing and/or sports facilities in Greater Manchester.
The fund aims to invest in substantial projects, normally in excess of £1 million across Greater Manchester. As the local delivery partner, GMCVO will provide support and connect community groups with local partners to help deliver the projects.
Deadline: Ongoing
Events & Training
 Have you now moved your events online in response to COVID-19 restrictions? If these events would be relevant to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester and are either free or charge a nominal fee, we would be happy to list them on the events page of our GMCVO website.

To list your virtual event on the GMCVO website, click the button below
Webinar: Assessing the impact of covid-19 on BAME communities in Greater Manchester (GM BAME Network) Tuesday 9th June
Online, FREESadly, the impact of this pandemic has disproportionately affected BAME communities. We will all have been touched by this in our communities, amongst our families and close friends and associates.Public Health England has launched an enquiry on this issue and will be publishing their findings in a report at the end of May. This webinar will give us the opportunity to look at the findings at a national level. We will take the opportunity to assess the impact at GM level and what is being done to address the widening inequalities likely to emerge from this situation.This webinar event is being hosted by the Greater Manchester BAME Network. GO TO EVENT
COVID-19 weekly fundraising support webinars (Ubele Initiative) Weekly: next one is Thursday 21st May 2020
Online, FREE

The Ubele Initiative are organising weekly fundraising support webinars, in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the BAME voluntary and community sector. Facilitated by community fundraiser Deborah Robinson, this Thursday’s focus will be on:
– Mental Health Response Fund
– National Emergency Trust Fund
– Henry Smith Fund – Funding to improve people’s lives
– Magic Little Grants 2020

To download the slides from previous webinars, click here.
Tackling loneliness during and after the COVID-19 pandemic (Kaleidoscope) Thursday 21st May
Online, FREEKaleidoscope is delighted to launch the first Ageing Better programme digital event, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. An interactive and collaborative session, of interest for anyone working to tackle loneliness during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Civil Society and Covid: A community response to the pandemic Thursday 21st May
Online, FREEAn online event to share and hear about different perspectives on how people in communities and the broad ‘voluntary’ sector are grappling with the pandemic. INFO AND BOOKING
‘Together in One Voice’ – mass sing-a-long across GM from doorsteps and windows Thursday 28th MayOn Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm, Greater Manchester will fill the streets with music as local residents and famous faces come ‘Together in One Voice‘ for a mass sing-a-long from their doorsteps and windows. The event is being delivered by Social Enterprise and not-for-profits and will help profile the great work of the VCSE sector across GM. This unique and ambitious event will be livestreamed for audiences as it happens and then shared with the nation in full on Sunday 31st May.- To read the MEN article about the event click here.- If you would like your organisation to be featured, please get in touch with [email protected] to find out how
Weekly ‘Health Hour’ support events (Caribbean and African Health Network) Saturday mornings
Online, FREE
CAHN are currently running weekly one hour ‘Health Hour’ events online, every Saturday from 11am-12pm. The focus is on reducing health inequalities, with advice and Q&A from medical doctors, health and wellbeing professionals and physical instructors.
Weekly ‘Healthy Hearts’ support events (Caribbean and African Health Network) Tuesday lunchtimes
Online, FREE
CAHN are currently running weekly one hour ‘Healthy Hearts’ events online on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. The focus is on promoting health awareness related to the heart, looking at physical activity, nutrition and medication.
Research Network Meeting: Collecting data at a distance (GMCVO) Friday, 5th June
Online, FREEWhat are the implications of the current crisis for research? This session is intended to help members to discuss their concerns, as well as share experiences, hints and tips with each other about doing research in times like these.
GM Co-production Network goes virtual
 Wednesday 10th June
Online, FREE

Please join us for the first in what we hope will be a series of virtual discussions and workshops around co-production for practitioners from communities, VCSE and statutory organisations.

This session will ask ‘What is co-production now’ – exploring how co-production can be reimagined under Covid-19. This will be facilitated by Helen Gavaghan, Involvement Co-ordinator for Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM).
Support project connecting BAME Social Entrepreneurs (GMCVO & GM BAME Network) A partnership project between GMCVO and the Greater Manchester BAME Network is underway to build a Greater Manchester BAME Social Enterprise Network and help deliver business support to BAME social entrepreneurs. Particularly for BAME social entrepreneurs, we strongly encourage you check out the new project webpage. It’s full of helpful resources, information, links and the chance to register to join the network, become a mentor or request business support to help you grow your social enterprise. FIND OUT MORE
Time To Grow Programme open to applicants (Flourish CIC) Do you know a woman who is not making the most of her potential to develop? Flourish CIC are looking for 25-30 women, currently classed as unemployed aged 18+ to join their new ‘Time to Grow’ programme. The programme supports women with enterprising solutions to social issues, unlocking potential and creating sustainable change. The programme is focused in Wigan, but they are taking applications from across GM.
The programme is recruiting throughout May and June and is FREE.
You can access the application form here.
Engagement opportunity: Take part in research on unequal impact of Covid-19 The Inclusion and Wellbeing Partnership (IWP) is an equalities forum linked to the VCSE Leaders Group and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP).

The IWP is part of a collaborative effort to find out how different communities within the region have been affected by the lockdown, and what issues need addressing now to prevent further problems developing. The IWP will do its utmost to influence GM recovery plans by flagging up priorities and drawing attention to areas where diversity of need is being overlooked and we risk a rapid deepening of existing inequalities.

Can you help?
The IWP is keen to hear from any VCSE staff member or volunteer who has thoughts to share on the questions below. Please email [email protected] to arrange a call back at a convenient time.

Questions for groups working with marginalised communities during Covid-19:

• What have you needed to do to support people through the crisis?
• Can you give a few of examples of difficult issues people are facing?
• What have you struggled to do because of the restrictions?
• How could these problems be resolved, or how could they have been avoided?
• What issues do you see coming down the line which need addressing now?
Become a community reporter through the Talking About My Generation project The Talking About My Generation (TAMG) community media project are seeking people aged 50+ who would like to get involved in their online news platform – created by and for the over 50s in Greater Manchester. TAMG shares news, views and nostalgia that challenges stereotypes and celebrates the ways we are living across our region. Whatever your personal circumstances, you will be supported to become community reporters – helping the newsroom in a range of roles that suit you.
By joining the team, you will become a part of our monthly meetings (currently online during lockdown), have access to workshops and one-to-one support to build your skills in the types of media you are interested in.
Trustee opportunity at Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance Are you passionate about the provision of high-quality services for women who have complex needs across Greater Manchester? If so, then the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance would like to hear from you.Deadline: 28th May
Have your say
There are a lot of surveys circulating at the moment as researchers and organisations try to capture as much of the impacts of covid-19 as possible. Quite a few are for a very specific audience, so we would encourage readers to skim through and submit responses to those most relevant to them, to help ensure BAME communities are represented. 
Survey: Understanding the mental health effects of COVID-19 (various universities and Ethnic Health Forum) Healthcare professionals and researchers from the University of Oxford, Kings College London and University of Warwick want the general public and health and care professionals to tell us about the mental health challenges they are facing due to COVID-19. The information will be used to build better tools to monitor mental health and support people through this crisis and beyond.
They have partnered with the Ethnic Health Forum because they want to make sure minority ethnic community voices are well-represented as it known that COVID-19 has been affecting certain communities more than others.
Survey: National Mapping of BAME Mental Health Support Services (BAMEStream) This survey is a mapping exercise of all the BAME mental health and wellbeing services in UK. The data will provide the newly launched BAMEStream alliance of practitioners, therapists, policy specialists, organisations, activists and academics with a snap shot of what BAME led services there are in the UK and also how they are being impacted by COVID-19. Ultimately, the findings will be used to support the development and delivery of mental health and wellbeing services to ensure that the needs of the BAME community are being met as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic and crisis.
Deadline: 29th May 
Survey: What is the impact of Covid-19 on migrants and refugees? ApartTogether is a global study coordinated by Ghent University and a research consortium of academics linked to Universities to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants and refugees. The study aims to better understand how refugees and migrants experience the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 and how they deal with any challenges that have arisen. TAKE PART HERE
Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on the Caribbean & African community The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) are conducting a survey to enable them to gain a better insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the Caribbean & African community in Greater Manchester. TAKE PART HERE
Survey: Carers from BAME communities in GM As part of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnerships commitment to carers programme The Wraparound Partnership have been awarded funding from NHS England Carers Programme, to listen to and learn from, the experiences of carers (including parent/carers) from Ethnic Minority communities. The outcomes of the conversation will shape the future direction of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Carers Programme. TAKE PART HERE
Survey: GM Living with Dementia Dementia United are working with Social Sense UK to find out how people with dementia are feeling and responding at this challenging time across GM. Your responses will help to inform them of what is working well and any possible areas of support Greater Manchester services can improve on. TAKE PART HERE
Survey: Exploring the experience of parents and young children (aged 2 to 4) during the covid-19 lockdown (Emerging Minds) Emerging Minds are carrying out a survey that explores the experience of parents and young children (aged 2 to 4) during the covid-19 lockdown. In particular, it focuses on the emotional wellbeing of families: including a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for 2 to 4 year olds, as well as info on opportunities for children to play and types of play, parent mental health (Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale), income and work.The survey is national and the researchers have agreed to include a “Greater Manchester” option so that we can understand the impact of the lockdown on parents and children in the region in comparison with other areas and find out more about the specific issues that GM residents might be facing. TAKE PART HERE
Take part in the synergi stories covid-19 e-journal survey Synergi are looking for participants in their research documenting the narratives of ethnic minority people with lived experience of severe mental illness and their carers during the pandemic. TAKE PART HERE
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