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.

On this page:

Translated Resources

Public Health England have Covid-19 resources translated into different languages available to download here.

AskDoc have produced short videos of NHS England Covid-19 advice and answering common questions about the Covid vaccines translated into a number of languages. View them all here.

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.

They have translated information and guidance about Test and Trace  into 12 languages with subtitles and BSL here.

Salford City Council have produced posters and leaflets with some simple key messages on protecting communities from coronavirus which are available in 15 languages. Download here.

Doctors of The World have published government COVID-19 guidance in a number of languages. The documents can be found here

The Traumatic Stress Service in Bristol have produced 'A Guide on Coping Strategies in Anxious Times', translated into 13 languages here.

The Parenting for Lifelong Health project has produced resources and tips for parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic in over 100 languages here

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

Covid-19 Infographics have produced a range of useful infographics in different languages here

Other Useful Resources

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

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.


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have commissioned a range of BAME mental health support services in response to Covid-19. Find out more here.

Europia are working to ensure EU nationals living across Greater Manchester have all the support they need during the pandemic 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.

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.

Manchester City Council have 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 0800 234 6123 or by a friend/organisation emailing     

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

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

General Information

Oldham Mosques Council launched an online survey in December 2020 to determine some of the possible reasons behind a reluctance to have the Covid-19 vaccination in some sections of the BAME community. Read their report here.

The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN) recently held a virtual panel discussion with Black GPs and senior consultants who have had the vaccine and are happy to share why they support it. Watch the video on You Tube here.

They have also produced a report which provides insight into the influences which affect Carribean and Afican people's decsion to have the vaccine. Access the report here

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.

They have also published a position statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Read it 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 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.

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

NHS have information about Covid-19 and Sickle Cell Disorders 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

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

Information for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants

Asylum Matters have put together updates relating to Covid-19 and it's impact of asylum and migration 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 their website 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 Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants have joined together with other organisations to write to the Home Secretary calling for specific measures to ensure the safety of migrants in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read the letter and add your name 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.

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