TimeBank receives funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to get Covid messages out to BAME communities in LondonJulia Shipston
National volunteering charity TimeBank has received funding of just under £10k from the National Lottery Community Fund to get important health messages out to BAME communities in London about the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
The new project will draw on the experience, expertise and connections gained by TimeBank during its extensive six year Talking Together project, when 600 volunteers helped 8,000 people learn English and take a greater part in community life.
It will be adapted to support some of the most isolated women in the capital, predominantly those from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities which have the lowest levels of English language of any BAME group. Women are twice as likely as men to have poor English and subsequently find it more difficult to access advice and support on a range of issues including health and wellbeing, domestic violence, abuse and hate crime.
Phil Pyatt, Chief Executive of TimeBank, says: “Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on BAME communities and there is growing concern that a very limited amount of national information is reaching them. Where this information is shared, it often misunderstood or misinterpreted. We want to use our trained volunteers and established links with these communities in London to make sure they have the information they need to stay safe.”
Participants will attend virtual workshops, led by a trained volunteer. In addition to health and wellbeing issues, the sessions will be an opportunity for women to practice English and feel part of an online community, so relieving any social isolation they may be feeling.
For more information, see https://timebank.org.uk/volunteer-projects/tell-us-covid-19
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