The BAME community has suffered a disproportionate number of deaths and infection of the COVID 19 virus. This is such a pronounced problem that the government is conducting an investigation led by Sir Trevor Phillips. This invariably means that BAME Community Leaders and Faith Group Leaders are under pressure from their communities to provide solutions to financial problems, broken families, bereavement, mental ill health etc.
“Holding On Project” COVID response initiative exists to train 50 community leaders in the Barking and Dagenham area on how to cope with these stresses resulting from COVID 19 by: – Teaching them how to access funding – Advising them on how to better signpost their communities – Providing an online forum to facilitate leaders to share experiences and learn tried and tested solutions from each other.
The peculiarity of BAME is the way they expect their leaders to have solutions to their problems. Some of those suffering the effects of COVID 19 are those without recourse to public funds, immigrants, homeless, single parents and many hard to reach individuals. Without the proper equipping of their leaders with the right knowledge and abilities, many people will continue to suffer. The impact of this could result in further loss of life and a greater demand on the already overstretched and underfunded mental health services.