Support and resources for BAME Communities

This page lists information, sources of support and resources for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

There is also more general information on our main Coronavirus web page here.

Please note that this is a fast changing situation and although this page is updated regularly, the information contained may not be fully up to date. If you are aware of information that you think would be useful for this page, please email Viki Lee at GMCVO.


Public Health England have information for migrants translated into different languages available to download here.

They also have posters translated into 11 languages from their Campaign Resource Centre on the following:

  • Test and Trace: promoting drive through testing and self-isolation

  • Symptoms: promoting ‘cough’ and ‘loss of taste’ symptoms 

  • Stay Alert to Stay Safe: promoting the use of face coverings on public transport and safe distancing for young people

Manchester City Council have produced a leaflet that can be downloaded in 22 languages to assist people access on-line services relating to Covid-19. You can access the leaflets here and here.

They have produced short videos of the NHS test and trace key messages translated into 12 languages. Click here for a list of the links.

They have also introduced a service that can offer support to individuals for who English is not their first language to help them with their Internet use - e.g. online shopping, video calling friends and family, applying for universal credit etc.  The service can be accessed by calling the Councils response hub on 08002346123 or by a friend/organisation emailing     

Doctors of The World have also published COVID-19 guidance for patients in a number of languages. The guidance is based on the government's advice and health information and was produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice. The documents can be found here

A Guide on Coping Strategies in Anxious Times, produced by The Traumatic Stress Service in Bristol includes practical advice and translated into 13 languages can be found here.

 A resource on parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic, produced by The Parenting for Lifelong Health project is available in over 50 languages at

50 humanitarian organisations have produced a children's storybook to help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus,available online and as an audiobook in 24 languages here.

Askdoc have produced short videos translating NHS England Covid-19 advice in various languages here

South Asian Health Foundation have a range of resources and links about Coronavirus in South Asian languages here.

Peterborough Council have videos giving public health messages in different languages here.

Useful infographics about coronavirus symptoms and MythBusters in different languages are available here

The Flowhesion Foundation have launched a COVID-19 Response COVID-19 Response and Support Hub that offers free bilingual support and counselling for south-asian communities across Greater Manchester. Find out more here.

Europia has been working tirelessly to make sure EU nationals living across Greater Manchester have all the support they need during these uncertain times including:

  • an Emergency Fund for vulnerable EU nationals living across Greater Manchester. Grants of £30-60 are available to purchase essential supplies. 

  • translations of COVID-19 NHS Guidance into Bulgarian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian and Lithuanian. 

  • a befriending phone-line service for Polish people who are over-50 years old.

Find out more about these service on their website here.

Race Equality Foundation has produced a blog with lots of useful information and resources. Read the blog here.

The Ministry of Justice and Public Health England have issued guidance on Covid-19: prisons and other places of detention, which is available here

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have produced lots of guidance and resources including advice for individuals and mosques and guidance from the National Burial Council. Visit their dedicated Coronavirus web page here.

The British Islamic Medical Association have issued new guidelines for the performance of ghusl for deceased persons with Covid-19 here and here.

The Ubele Initiative have a dedicated Covid-19 support and resource page for BAME communities which includes the option to stay up to date by signing up for their weekly newsletter. Access the page here.

Spark & Co have a Covid-19 resource hub for BAME communities here.

Equally Yours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum) have launched a one-stop information hub for policy-makers and the voluntary sector on Covid-19, equality and human rights. 

NESTAC have launched a GM wide service for individuals from BAME communities affected by Covid-19 and/or BAME women and young girls who are victims of abuse and violence.  Find out more about 'Ear for you' here


UKLGIG and the Red Cross have set up two Google groups to facilitate communications in the refugee and migration sector on coronavirus. 

  • The COVID-19 operations group will focus on service delivery, support and sustaining organisations 

  • The COVID-19 policy group will discuss policy and advocacy efforts around migrants and refugees and COVID-19

If you would like to join either or both groups, please email Catherine at UKLGIG

The Quran for Hospitals Project is a scheme providing Quran speakers to hospitals in the UK. You can donate or request speakers here.

Empower Consultants offer free Covid-19 advice and support for South Asians living in Manchester, Trafford or Tameside. Support is available in Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali. Call 0300 323 0612 or email


The British Islamic Medical Association have written and open letter to Muslim Community Leaders asking for support in encouraging communities to stay at home, to promote the Covid 19 vaccination and asking Mosques to try and stay ahead of the curve in terms of risk assessment and congrenational/communal activities. Read the letter here.

The Ubele Initiative conducted two surveys between 19th March and 4th April. The initial findings have been published here and the latest report can be found here.

Manchester Muslim Burials have issued a response plan to prepare for Covid-19 deaths. You can read it here.

Joint letter on protecting migrants from COVID-19
Asylum Matters have joined together with other organisations to sign a joint letter to the Home Secretary calling for specific measures to protect migrants and the general population from COVID-19. This included calls for the suspension of all NHS charging and data-sharing for the purposes of immigration enforcement and the suspension of the ‘no recourse to public funds’ conditions to ensure everyone can access support. You can read the letter and add your name here, and read coverage in the Independent here

Pause in face to face substantive asylum interviews
In an update circulated on 18 March 2020, the Home Office have confirmed that they are temporarily suspending face to face substantive asylum interviewsand are exploring other ways to find the information they need to make decisions. More information to follow.

Further Submissions to Liverpool Temporarily Suspended
Applicants wanting to make further submissions in support of a fresh claim for asylum no longer have to travel to Liverpool to hand them in. Instead, application can be sent in via post, or via e-mail (details below). This new process will be a temporary measure due to the Coronavirus. A message will be sent to all applicants who have already booked an appointment.
Postal address: FSU, The Capital Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9PP
E-mail address: 

EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

Find out about changes to the application process in light of the current Covid-19 crisis here.

Letter to Home Secretary on immigration detention 
A group of 10 organisations have written to the Home Secretary raising concerns about the risk of an outbreak in an immigration detention and calls for the release of all immigration detainees. You can read the full letter here and coverage in the Guardian here

Detention Action also coordinated a pre-action protocol (PAP) challenging the use of detention during the COVID-19 pandemic, which you can read about here

Right to Remain have explained changes to the asylum and immigration processes due to COVID-19 here.

Migrant Information Hub have other resources for migrants and their advocates on teir website here.

Women's Aid have issued safety advice for survivors here.

Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) have shared information about Covid-19 and Sickle Cell Disorders here.

Runnymede Trust have written to the education secretary to ask that he ensures that lower socio-economic backgrounds are not disadvantaged by the exam assessment which will replace GCSE's, AS ans A levels. Read more here.

Charity So White have published a position paper giving an overview of risks and impact of Covid-19 on racial inequalities within the UK and gives recommendations for civil society and it's funders to hlep address the issues. Read the paper here.

The Black South West Network are conducting a survey of the impact that Covid-19 is having on Black and Asian led businesses and organisations. The initial findings are documented here

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) have outlined the steps they have taken to continue to support clients  during the outbreak in their April newsletter here.

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have published guidance on the phased re-opening of mosques here.

A briefing regarding people seeking asylum as at 20th April can be found here.

Asylum Matters have put together updates realting to Covid-19 and it's impact of asylum and migration here.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have published a report exploring whether some ethnic groups are more vulnerable to Covid-19 than others. Read it here.

The South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) partnered with the Centre for BME Health to produce the report on COVID-19 in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic populations published last week. To access the report, click here.

Public Law Interest Centre have produced a new factsheet for organisations to better understand the new immigration rules that target non-UK national rough sleepers. The factsheet is attached to this email. Contact PILC at for further information. 


Please also refer to the news section on our Coronavirus home page for more related news

Independent news article: NHS officials say Muslim households are particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus

Jewish News articleReligious burials to be protected as MPs pass amended coronavirus bill

Guardian news article: MPs urge government to suspend NHS immigration checks

Safety for Sisters blog: Migrant Women: Failed by the State, Locked in Abuse

Church Times article: Bishops call for inquiry into BAME Covid-19 death rate

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