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Covid-19 Community Champions and Micro Grant Funding

Community Champions Project update – Information for groups and organisations, *Micro Grants of up to £1,000 now available*

We are now accepting applications for Covid-19 Community Champion Micro Grants, read more about the grant here or apply here.

** Applications will be assessed weekly until end of May 2021, however this could be subject to review. It is advised you submit your application as soon as possible.**

The micro grants form part of the Covid-19 Community Champions project supported by Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds, Forum Central and Hamara. Throughout the project we will be working in partnership with Public Health and Leeds CCG. The aim of the Micro Grant funding is to support the capacity of grassroots level groups and organisations to create materials and/or spaces for sharing key health messages around Covid-19, vaccinations, government guidance and restrictions in ways that are accessible and appropriate for their communities.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a range of activities have been taking place in Leeds to engage with local communities to help connect people with key COVID-19 messages and the support available in the city. Since the start of the vaccination programme, we have listened to local feedback that people need more information about COVID-19 and vaccinations in a variety of formats to be able to share accurate information with communities to enable people to make informed choices.

We want to increase outreach, engagement and communication with all communities living in Leeds and identified priority groups who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, including but not limited to; older people, younger people, disabled people and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Working with trusted local voices we want to build confidence in Covid-19 messaging, testing and the vaccine programme and better understand how to address the barriers faced to accessing accurate health information.

Registration is open for the Covid-19 Community Champions project on Be Collective, here

We are looking for people who live or work in Leeds who want to support their friends, family, neighbours and community to have the information about Covid-19 and the vaccine which will help them feel supported, make informed choices and stay safe. Our aim is to work with a diverse range of community champions who are keen to get involved, whether they are already an active volunteer for an organisation, or are new to volunteering.

The project is an opportunity for people to:

  • gain access to up to date information on Covid-19 and vaccinations
  • have regular contact with Public Health and Leeds CCG
  • access training to develop confidence in having meaningful conversations with people
  • provide feedback on local community need to influence the approach

You can read more about the role of Community Champions here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by emailing: [email protected]

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