Getting support to BAME people

Getting support to charities supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people

“A recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that ‘per-capita, Covid-19 hospital deaths are highest among the black Caribbean population and three times those of the white British majority’.

Even when social factors like age, geography and income levels are taken into account, significantly more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are dying than would be expected. It’s also clear from the report that BAME communities are likely to be hardest hit by the economic impact because of the high proportion of people who work in industries which are in lockdown, such as hospitality, transport and, in some communities, the high proportion of people who are self-employed and working in the gig economy.

You can read the full report here.

At Sussex Community Foundation, we set up the Sussex Crisis Fund to help the people who are most affected by coronavirus and by the lockdown. As soon as we say the worrying evidence that people from BAME communities were experiencing more of the devastating impact of coronavirus, we were even more determined to ensure support and much-needed funds reach them. You can donate here.

Last week, we put a message out to encourage more applications and I am delighted that one third of this week’s applications to the Fund come from BAME organisations and we gave out six grants to groups managing issues specific to those communities, worth over £20,000, yesterday.

Here are three of them:

Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) £7,810

BMECP will use this grant to establish a foodbank to provide emergency food parcels for struggling families and individuals within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, many of whom live on the periphery of the wider community and have very little support to help them through these difficult times. At present, Brighton & Hove has around 46 foodbanks but none of these is a BAME foodbank and yet many families are in need of food. This funding will run the foodbank for six months. Volunteer Fowzia Islam is pictured above.

Diversity Resource International (DRI) £7,000

DRI supports Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in Sussex to achieve their life aspirations by providing bespoke training courses, mentoring and coaching. Courses are open to all, whilst targeted at BAME communities. This grant will be used to support DRI to update its website to run community development courses online, mentoring and coaching programs, and also to purchase four laptops for staff to work remotely.

Refugees Welcome Crawley £3,500

Refugees Welcome Crawley supports refugees and vulnerable migrants, many but not all of whom are Syrian refugees, settling locally on the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Refugee and migrant children need access to online learning resources during the current crisis, when all school learning is internet-based, but also after the crisis recedes. This grant is to purchase refurbished laptops with six months’ warranty for 13 Syrian refugee families, most of whom do not currently have any internet-enabled device, other than an Android phone.

We need to keep these applications coming so I and all the team will continue to make sure that organisations working with BAME communities in Sussex will hear about the Sussex Crisis Fund and will get help to apply, if they need it. If you are aware of any such organisations in the county, please do encourage them to get in touch and we will do all we can to support them.”

Kevin Richmond

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