GMCVO Health and Social Care eBulletin, 15th May 2020 Issue 60

Welcome to our latest Health and Social Care e-bulletin which contains all the latest news relating to Health and Social Care Devolution agenda, together with information about related events, reports and surveys which we hope will be of interest.

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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.
GMCVO Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage GMCVO is collating intelligence about the Greater Manchester VCSE sector response to the crisis, what is happening to the sector and to the communities it connects into, in order to inform local and national policy and activity.
We are also logging issues, concerns and queries and campaigning to ensure the needs of VCSE organisations are considered:- both as businesses and employers, and as essential providers of help to people and communities.In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we have put together a dedicated web page which lists sources of advice and information where you can also find our weekly reports regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the GM VCSE sector.
UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy The Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy was released on the 11th May 
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.#nevermoreneeded 
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.   
‘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 visit
If you would like your organisation to be featured, please get in touch with [email protected] to find out how
New portal to register offers of help/requests for assistance 
An online form has been developed by a GM Logistics Support Cell to help record offers of aid and/or requests for assistance (including staff and equipment) across Greater Manchester in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
Any organisation, business or individual who has an offer of support to make is asked to complete the online form, any organisation that is in need of support/assistance is also asked to complete the form. 
Launch of Greater Manchester Bereavement Service 
This service provides support to anyone within Greater Manchester, bereaved or affected by a death.
The service’s website can be used to find out about information, resources and support in your area and nationally, as well as advice for practical issues that losing a loved one may bring.
GM smokers urged to ‘quit for Covid’ Smokers in the city-region are being called upon by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to stop smoking to reduce their risk of suffering serious complications if they develop coronavirus (COVID-19).
A new GM WIDE campaign to help smokers quit together, while remaining at home. 
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. 
One year of GM’s Hidden Talent in numbers In April, GM’s Hidden Talent, a GMCVO-led voluntary youth employment programme, reached the midway point of its two-year delivery. 
This infographic highlights some of the progress that young people have made, and are continuing to make, on the programme.
Keeping Well at Home Working with the University of Manchester
Greater Manchester Combined Authority have produced a guide to help older people keep well at home.
The booklet is packed full of health and dietary advice, including a programme of standing and sitting strength and balance exercises. It gives useful tips on keeping minds active, eating and drinking at home and safety. 
Report – Impact of covid-19 on the BAME community and voluntary sector 
This report, from The Ubele Initiative, provides the results of two waves of surveys, which were conducted between 19-23 March (Wave 1) and between 27 March and 4 April (Wave 2). 
The surveys focused particularly on the impact of COVID-19 on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) organisations who deliver services to the BAME communities.
The survey confirmed some areas of general concerns within the charity, community and voluntary sector but also flagged up some areas of concerns that seem to be particular to BAME organisations. 
Social Enterprises and COVID-19
Social Enterprise UK report published Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) have published a research report based on the responses received so far from their nation-wide survey; looking in depth at the impact of Coronavirus on social enterprises, how social enterprises are adapting to the crisis and how they can be better supported through it.
The report shows that social enterprises are at the forefront of solutions to the crisis, on the health and social care front line and providing crucial community support to the most vulnerable.
It also shows that many social enterprises are struggling, falling through the cracks in support and leaving their communities, beneficiaries and staff exposed. 
April edition of Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) voluntary sector newsletter now available 
This latest newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the Department, NHS England and Public Health England. Featuring the latest news, updates and announcements from all corners of the health and social care sector, this month’s edition takes a special look at the UK’s continuing response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 
Latest edition of the Kings Fund Health and Wellbeing eBulletin available to view 
The latest version of this eBulletin examines topics such as the government’s approach to Covid-19 testing, ethnic minority deaths and Covid-19, why some ethnic groups more vulnerable to Covid-19 than others and lifting lockdown: how to approach a coronavirus exit strategy. 
Latest edition of the GM Poverty Action Newsletter available to view 
The latest newsletters looks ahead at post-pandemic Greater Manchester and consider the impact on the real Living Wage campaign and shares Tom Skinner’s response to the Government’s inquiry on the food supply during the crisis.
There is information about actions being taken across the city region and also a new research project
Project events
GM Co-production Network goes virtual
10th June 2020, 10.30 – 12.00

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). 
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 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?
Funding: Grants to support mental wellbeing GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester, that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing.
Funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership a total of £175,000 will be given out between now and December 2020. 
The grants will be awarded, in stages, to small, grass roots voluntary and community groups and social enterprises that will support people to develop high levels of mental wellbeing.  
Funding: GM community groups urged to access available financial support Greater Manchester councils are urging local community groups to take up the offer of financial support from Forever Manchester Community Support Fund to support their response to the impact of COVID-19.
Awards of up to £5,000 for community groups in the city region. 
Funding: Apply For National Lottery Funding now 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.
While criteria for the government coronavirus fund is not yet clear, the Lottery are urging organisations not to wait and to apply for funding now though their two funds; Awards for All and Reaching Communities. 
Funding: GM ESF Community Grants:
Re-Connect Fund (response to COVID-19) The ESF Community Grant Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in 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. 
Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. 
Funding: Virtual LGBT+ Centre   
The LGBT+ Centre are running an exciting programme of activities online to engage people from all across Manchester and further afield.
Do you work with communities and youth groups?
Could you facilitate an online workshop or session for this programme?
There is a small pot of funding available to cover costs for 60-90 minutes of engagement activities and the LGBT+ Centre is looking for people to add to their virtual programme between June and August 2020. 
Funding: Answer Cancer Fund – Covid-19 updated guidance for applicants In light of Covid-19 the guidance for applicants to the Answer Cancer Fund has been updated and the deadline for applications extended.
For this round of funding Answer Cancer is prioritising the following groups that have been identified with low levels of cancer screening. 
Revised Deadline: 18th May 2020 
NCVO Survey: Impact of the Coronavirus on the charity sector NCVO and partners are working together to understand the current and future impact of Covid-19 on the charity sector.
They have therefore launched a new survey to ask  for information on the direct financial impact and updated financial forecasts for the year ahead, as well as insight on how much Government support your charity has been able to access. 
Survey: Update: GM Big Disability Survey – Covid 19 
The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel are running a survey to find out what issues disabled people face during the COVID 19/Coronavirus pandemic and use this information to inform GM services to meet those support needs.
The survey has now been extended to May 25 to ensure as many people as possible have had the chance to give their views.
There is also an easy-read version of the survey.
Both can be found at .
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. 
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. 
Survey: Understanding the mental health effects of COVID-19 
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: Our Covid Voices Our Covid Voices wants to share with the world how those with long-term conditions, disabilities and other health and care needs are living during the pandemic in the UK.
Our Covid Voices aims to be a first draft of history, with people across the country sharing their experiences of the UK under lockdown as they happen. The insight generated will be used to influence national and local decision-makers. 
Survey: Health, wellbeing and coping with COVID-19  

Researchers in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University have developed an online questionnaire that aims to assess what people think, feel and are doing to manage the threat of COVID-19.
Researchers would like to hear from as many people as possible and particularly welcome responses from individuals from the BAME community. 

To find out more about Health and Social Care Devolution in Greater Manchester and the opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, click here.

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