Haref Project receives £20,000 grant from National Lottery Community Fund

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The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded the Connected Voice Haref Project over £20,000 for its work to support BAME communities across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This new funding will enable Haref to continue supporting people to get the vital health information they need to keep themselves and the wider community safe, ensure they are able to access essential local health services, and allow us to continue to work in partnership with statutory services to deliver co-ordinated support for our local BAME communities.  

Throughout the pandemic Haref has been collaborating with our network of 80 local groups and organisations to: develop health literature in different languages; clarifying with Public Health England the impact of COVID-19 on fasting during Ramadan and sharing the restrictions for vulnerable groups when fasting to 12 local mosques; and developing community health messages and videos about social distancing restrictions in local community languages for BAME communities.

Lisa Goodwin, Chief Executive, Connected Voice said: “With clear evidence that BAME communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, this funding is vital to enable us to continue our emergency response.”

“It’s essential we ensure widespread awareness of the evolving health messages and counteract widespread misinformation and myths across our BAME communities so that people know how to keep themselves and others safe. Crucially we must continue to help reduce the anxiety and fear driven by these unprecedented circumstances. This National Lottery grant means we can continue with this crucial work both now and as we look ahead to manage the longer term health impact of the pandemic within our minority ethnic communities.”

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