CAHN COVID-19 Activities Update (01.05.2020)
Below is an update of our engagement with the Caribbean & African community in Greater Manchester.

1. COVID-19 Helpline
This is for anything COVID-19 related and opens 7days a week, 0600-midnight. Alternatively people can email

2. COVID-19 Videos
Please find below the link for part 1 of a series of videos in plain English which had over 1,330 views in the first 3 days on YouTube –
Part 2 will link the COVID-19 myths to health.
Part 3 will identify prevalent health conditions in our community and relevance to COVID-19.
NB: We are working with partners to translate into French.

3. Ethnic Foods
CAHN has secured a small grant to provide ethnic foods and this will form part of the food parcels from Ardwick and Longsight Foodbank. Please make referrals at or

4. Online Activities
In the last 3 weeks, have launched a number of online activities via Zoom in response to community’s requests. These have been well patronised by the community.
   • Healthy Hearts – Physical Activity | Nutrition | Medication – Tuesdays 1300 – 1400hrs • Single Mothers Peer Support Group – Thursdays 1100-1200 • Afrobeats & Reggae Bash – Fridays 2000 – 2200hrs • Health Hour – Saturdays 1100 – 1200hrs • Collective Community Response Meetings – fortnightly on Fridays (17th April, 1st May, 15th May, 29th May, 12th June, 26th June) Time: 1300-1500hrs
Activities Acess Links –
Zoom Meeting IDs below
One tap mobile
+442034815240, 84516756373#
+441314601196, 84516756373#
Zoom Meeting ID
Healthy Hearts -Physical Activity | Nutrition | Medication
Meeting ID: 880 1745 7366
Single Mothers Peer Support Group
Meeting ID: 837 3800 4534
Afrobeats & Reggae Bash
Meeting ID: 865 1761 1007
Health Hour
Meeting ID: 845 1675 6373
Fortnightly on Fridays
Collective Community Response Meeting (CCRM)
Meeting ID: 868 7123 1933
Password: 852213

CCRM Zoom Link –

*Some activities are live streamed on Facebook or YouTube

5. Collective Community Response Meeting
Our next meeting is on Friday 15th May, 1300-1500hrs.
Andy Burnham will be attending as he was unable to make last Friday’s (1st May) having been asked to join a meeting with the Prime Minister.
The last meeting was productive with lots of positive feedback from the community. We had presentations on
   Greater Manchester COVID-19 Update
Insight into Caribbean and African Community Data
Prof Kate Arden, Director of Public Health, Wigan Council and Lead for Greater Manchester Population Health
Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on BME Communities | Grade Predictions for Students
Labour Party’s Review led by Baroness Doreen Lawrence
Afzal Khan, MP for Gorton Constituency
Shadow Deputy Leader of House of Commons
Greater Manchester System Update
Response – Resilience – Recovery –
Warren Heppolette – Executive Lead, Strategy & System Development, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
Greater Manchester Combined Authority Update
Claire Slade, Senior Engagement and Insight Manager
Communications and Engagement Team
Influencing at national level – CORE (Coalition of Race Equality organisations)
David Weaver, Independent Chair, CORE
Subgroups under development following the last meeting:  • Education • Young People • Mental Health • Faith • Domestic Abuse • Older People • Food Security • General Welfare  
6. Bereavement Service

This service is at the final stages of development and negotiation with commissioners.
CAHN’s Bereavement Service offers the Caribbean and African community living in Greater Manchester (GM) a culturally and religiously tailored support for those grieving or mourning the loss of loved ones. This would be at no costs to GM residents but at a fee to people living outside greater Manchester. We will be taking referrals from our statutory partners and VCSE organisations. However, we also welcome self-referrals for all kinds of bereavement.
Our experienced, qualified and registered counsellors have a wealth of experience in grief and trauma counselling. They would offer professionally personalised service to meet each client’s need. This service would initially be available in English and French while plans are being developed for the numerous African languages.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, we would be offering a secured online video and telephone service in line with what suits our beneficiaries. This would be reviewed after the lockdown to offer a face-to-face service where necessary. Please make referrals to

7. Disability Support
A programme of activities will be offered to support the educational needs and mental wellbeing of young people and adults with disabilities. This service is offered by trained disability coordinators on a weekly basis. Families can request support through our helpline.

 8. Ongoing Communication
   • Active WhatApp forum with 65 community & faith leaders, organistaional leads and community influencers. • Engagement with young people through Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority Representatives.

9. National Inquiry into Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on BAME Communities

CAHN has been invited to initial roundtable discussions led by Prof Kevin Fenton, Director of Public Health, Greater London Area on behalf of Public Health England. Please send any issues you would like to raise to

10. Support for Grant Applications
As announced at the CCRM meeting on 1st May, CAHN’s Team is happy to help grassroots organisations with bid writing and reviewing grant applications. For further information please email

GM Big Disability Survey – Covid 19 Special

The Greater Manchester (GM) Disabled People’s Panel is an independent strategic body made up of Disabled People’s Organisations from across Greater Manchester. All of the members are disabled people and we seek to influence policy to support the rights of disabled people in GM. We also scrutinise, consult, and advise the Mayor Andy Burnham and the GM Combined Authority. This survey aims to find out what issues disabled people face during the Covid-19/Coronavirus Pandemic and will be used to inform GM services how to meet those support needs. This is why in addition to access and support questions we have included demographic questions to better gather information of how different communities are experiencing the impact of the Pandemic. However this survey does remain anonymous. The evidence this survey provides will improve responses to the Pandemic. So please share it widely and encourage others to fill it in, and we’d be especially delighted if you can assist (safely over the phone) people without access to the internet to answer the survey. 

Please Note: By Disabled People we mean anyone facing disabling societal barriers due to their impairments or conditions and this includes mental health, hearing or visual impairments, learning disability, neurodiverse people, and those with chronic illness or fatigue.
If you are filling the survey in on behalf of a disabled child or adult, please answer as them based upon their instructions/answers. 

GM Big Disability Survey about Covid 19. Easy Version
This is a survey to find out how you are feeling during this time of Covid-19. We will let Mayor Andy Burnham know what you have said. Hopefully he will be able to make things better. You do not have to give us your name.
You can fill this survey in yourself or ask someone to help you. 
If you need help with food or medicine the GM Community Hubs will assist

If you have any further questions please email
The Deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 11th May.

Keep safe!
Best wishes


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