Through a partnership approach, the Communities of Interest Action Group (including Forum Central, Voluntary Action Leeds, Healthwatch and Leeds City Council) has collaborated with Public Health in Leeds to support resource for ongoing proactive work in the coordination of Leeds’ Covid-19 Outbreak Plan, with a particular focus on engaging with the Third Sector and tackling inequalities. The work is focused on targeted action from Third Sector organisations specifically in response to Covid-19 outbreaks, particularly in groups at higher risks, with the aim of supporting prevention in Leeds communities.
To date, grants have been awarded to the following groups:
- A number of Young People‘s organisations working in target areas in Leeds have been funded to deliver youth-focused activity in response to high rates amongst 16 – 30 year olds
- A number of organisations and community groups who have trusted relationships with Culturally Diverse (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities, with the aim of using their skills and expertise to make a difference in engaging these communities around Covid-19 messaging
- A diverse range of organisations working with Older People (from Neighbourhood Networks, to small community groups and larger providers) in providing activities that improve older people’s mental wellbeing whilst living with the dual challenges of local/national Covid restrictions and winter
- A series of Faith Groups to engage Leeds’ Faith Sector in Covid-19 and wider health messages
Alongside the grant element, the work involves ongoing engagement, sharing of key Public Health messages, opportunities for workforce development, capacity building, knowledge and resource sharing, opportunity for peer support and review of activities.
The grants have enabled organisations and groups to develop innovative approaches to deliver proactive and responsive actions addressing the key themes and issues highlighted in the insight gathered through engagement with the Communities of Interest network during the COVID-19 pandemic in Leeds.
Grant applications are currently paused.
The UHC Leeds Synagogue Case Study details how UHC were able to reach 1500 people, comprising of 950 adults and 550 young people in the Jewish community by circulating relevant information with thanks to this grant.
The Vandan Group Case Study details of how this group have used the grant to reach people from the Gujrati community who live in the Burley area. They have been delivering Covid-19 awareness hampers and running digital support sessions along with how keep fit and active during lockdown. Bally from Health for All has also supported this group through the funding process and here’s what she said:
“I am truly happy that you have given them an opportunity to shine. With your funding they are helping so many people and their own confidence is increasing . I help because Health for All has passion to help small community groups – The application process from your side was very simple, so that has helped too to deliver this wonderful work!!”
We will continue to collect feedback about the use of grants. So far, 68 grants have been distributed with an estimated reach of 47484 people.
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