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We are sending this extra bulletin to make sure you get to know about the below important items at this difficult time:

-Race and Faith Hate Crime deadline 17th April
-Emergency support for homeless Londoners

-Ubele Petition-Impact of Covid19 on BAME People

-Superhighways resources for remote working plus data on impact of Coronavirus
-Refugee Action Coronavirus Asylum Handbook
-Resources on emergency food distribution

-Job opportunity:
-Social Movements Training Job-deadline 19th April

Funding -Faith and Race Hate Crime-Deadline 17th April

Funding from Department of Housing, Communities and Local Governmentt:

NB Short deadline

The 2020 to 2021 Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme is now open for applications from established community organisations and charities to carry out projects that meet at least one of the following aims:

  • To promote shared values among people of all backgrounds through sustainable social integration and meaningful civic participation. 
  • To effectively tackle and prevent religiously and racially discriminatory behaviour and those acting against others because of their faith or race. 

  • Applications for funding will remain open until 17 April 2020.

    Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme 2020 to 2021

    Guidance for charities and community interest companies to submit bids for funding from the 2020 to 2021 Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme.
    New Emergency Fund for Immediate Support for Homeless Londoners

    VRF Emergency Fund

    St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has launched the VRF - Emergency Fund for people experiencing homelessness. It is designed to offer flexibility in what you apply for as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

    This fund offers £150 for access to essential items and basic needs, £400 for support needs to be met during the COVID-19 outbreak, and £1000 to secure accommodation.

    For more information and how to apply please visit

    their website.

    For frontline service workers wanting to feedback on the effectiveness of this fund, complete the


    Ubele Petition: Impact of Covid19 on BAME Commmunities

    We have been asked to circulate the below petition:

    Petition to establish an independent public inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across the UK.

    Why is this important?Over the past month the UK has witnessed the unprecedented spread of Covid-19 – it has infected around 90,000 and killed more than 11,000 people in hospitals (mid-April 2020). As we know the true numbers infected and/or died, is under-represented due an absence of wide-spread testing (front-line staff and community) and through a lack of data from Britain’s care homes.

    The disturbing images we see via our televisions and social media channels of those who have died make uncomfortable viewing. We see a selection of faces of doctors and nurses, bus drivers and care home workers all killed. All of whom represent our frontline workers in this battle against the spread of the virus. The evidence from the deaths of these frontline workers clearly show that a disproportionate number of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), who have been infected, are dying from Covid-19.

    Although BAME people represent some 14% of the UK population, available evidence suggests that some 35% of this group have been impacted (Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre, 4 April 2020).

    Government experts are suggesting causes include social and economic factors, overcrowding and multigenerational living. However, they fail to acknowledge some of the well-known, deeply entrenched inequalities which pervade British society, and which adversely impact BAME communities.

    In most aspects of life including education, housing and employment, BAME communities experience institutional discrimination, which has an adverse impact on life chances. Furthermore, several decades of health research consistently show that BAME communities experience worse health outcomes for conditions such as high-blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, HIV, breast and prostate cancer. Many of these ‘underlying conditions’ are associated with poorer coronavirus outcomes, so it is little wonder that BAME frontline workers are being infected with Covid-19 to this extent.

    The Ubele Initiative is a BAME led national organisation which supports BAME communities and recently co-produced a statement which supports this campaign. Ubele will set up a Call to Action with a 10 point Community Action Plan which will be launched on Monday 27th April 2020.

    Ubele call on the government to urgently conduct a full independent public investigation into why and how BAME front line staff including clinicians, care home workers and transport staff and the wider BAME communities are being disproportionately infected.

    Sign here
    Quick links on remote working and digital responses on Coronavirus-from Superhighways

    Some really useful resources from our partners Superhighways:

  • Human connection in a time of social distancing - slides from the recent NetSquared London Meetup, if you were not able to attend

  • Covid-19 Vulnerability Index
  • - this map shows Local Authorities in England where people might be vulnerable to COVID-19 and/or experiencing unmet needs.

  • And find the
  • Vulnerability Index data sources and community
  • that have created the map, led by the British Red Cross

    Zoom: 5 top tips for meetings without uninvited guests Heard of 'Zoom Bombing'? It's when you allow people to attend your online meeting space without the digital equivalent of a couple of bouncers doing security on the door. If you don't want to be mooned online by gatecrashers check out our blog.

    Read 5 ways to make Zoom safer How to host a successful meeting using Microsoft Teams Created a recording in Teams but have no idea where it is? Getting connectivity problems? Yes, Teams is a great space for collaboration but has its challenges. So why not read our top tips on how to prepare for your meeting, check your sound and camera, share your screen and manage you meeting from start to finish.

    Read about hosting Teams meetings If you're not quite ready to learn more, don't forget to check out our starter guides to using Microsoft Teams: Video conferencing options for group activities As more charities and community organisations look to take their activities online, what free and affordable options are out there to help you take your classes and group meetings online? We take a look at a few options and what to watch out for when you're using them.

    Take a look at group video options
    Refugee Action Collaborative Coronavirus Asylum Handbook

    Refugee Action has published a useful new handbook with information and advice on how charities working with asylum seekers and refugees are addressing challenges around Covid-19.

    The Coronavirus Asylum Handbook is a collaborative effort and contributions are encouraged. Refugee Action and a team of librarians will be monitoring the handbook to ensure editorial consistency and avoid duplication.

    The handbook can be accessed on Google Docs at:

    Refugee Action explains: "This handbook focuses on drawing together frontline organisations' current and longer-term approaches and strategies to adapting their services and delivering support. It is not designed to be a service directory or map operational updates. It will signpost to but not duplicate the excellent advice, resources and policy updates that have been produced and are already in the public domain."

    The handbook provides information on how organisations are responding to Covid-19 in a wide range of areas, including essentials such as food and accommodation, as well as asylum support and benefits, and asylum and immigration legal advice.

    HEAR is aware that Google Docs resources are not always fully accessible, please contact us if you have any difficulty with access. We are working with our members producing Google based collaborative documents responding to the current emergency to promote the accessibility features that can be enabled
    Resources on Emergency Food Distribution

    Thank you to our colleagues at the GLA for sending through the below resources:

    Food supplies for vulnerable groups

    • Sustain have compiled a suite of
    guidance documents, blogs and briefings

    outlining the ways in which they are working on the following key issues and themes:

    Securing food for the most vulnerable groups; supporting local responses; defending food supplies; funding and other forms of support; learning and sharing best practice; planning for the future.

    • The Food Foundation has commissioned and published
    • further research on the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity.
    The research, commissioned through YouGov, reveals more than three million people (6%) in Great Britain have gone hungry since lockdown began three weeks ago, reporting that someone in their household has been unable to eat, despite being hungry, because they did not have enough food. The research has received widespread

    media coverage

    and is presented in

    data visualisations

    which break down the results. The Food Foundation is also updating a

    COVID-19 tracker

    which is monitoring the trajectory of several variables including food prices and food insecurity.

    • In response to the research findings, the Food Foundation is leading
    • calls to Government to establish a National Food Aid Task Force
    led by DEFRA which can support local authorities to significantly scale up welfare assistance schemes and food support for vulnerable groups that are self-isolating.

    The impact on foodbanks and food redistribution services

    • DEFRA has announced a
    • £3.25 million fund to support food redistribution organisations during COVID-19.

    Emergency Surplus Food Grant,

    administered by WRAP, will aim to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

    The opportunities to unlock and maximise funding

    which awarded grants of up to £5,000 to support VCS organisations providing food and essentials to vulnerable groups, has now closed. The Fund received over 700 applications within 8 days for the first wave of funding.

    • Wave 2 of the London Community Response Fund
    is now open. There are two funds - Crisis Response, with grants of up to £10,000 to enable VCS organisations to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs. The other fund is Delivering Differently, which consists of grants of up to £50,000 to enable VCS organisations to adapt delivery models and continue to support vulnerable groups at a time of increased demand. Find out more and

    apply here.

    has published a webpage for individuals looking for support and crisis grants.

    • A list of other regional grant funding opportunities are being updated and shared on

    The opportunities to communicate key messages more effectively

    • Sustain have developed a survey to collect information on the responses being developed by Local Authorities to help vulnerable groups access food, including older people and key workers. Access to the survey is
    • here.

    • The Sustainable Food Cities network has received new funding for a 5-year programme under the new name
    • Sustainable Food Places’.
    The network has launched a new website including a webpage dedicated to supporting local food responses to COVID-19, compiling

    weekly digests on its impact

    and jointly hosting a weekly online forum for food poverty alliance and food partnership coordinators with the Food Power network to connect and share best practice. Anyone involved in supporting community food responses to the COVID-19 can subscribe to the Sustainable Food Places email distribution list by sending an email to Once subscribed you can ask your questions or share info by emailing
    Social Movement and Activism Training Vacancy-Deadline 19th April

    Vacancy at NEON


    is recruiting for a new Head of Training to join their team.

    The Head of Training will play an essential role in ensuring NEON's social movement trainings are delivered and managed to a high standard, primarily the national course Movement Builders, which skills up activists, campaigners and organisers with strategic movement analysis and brings them together to explore collective action.

    The closing date is Sunday 19 April at 11.59pm. For a full job description and application form please visit

    their website.

    If you have any questions please email
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