COVENTRY has been awarded almost £500,000 to help get Covid safety messages across and support to the most at risk and hard-to-reach areas of the city.
The grant was announced this week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
It is part of the Community Champions Fund, which is making £25million of funding available across the country to support people shown to be most at risk from COVID-19, including those from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, refugees and asylum seekers, and disabled people.
It will help give them the advice and support they need to follow safer behaviours and reduce the impact of the virus on themselves and those around them.
The scheme provides funding for voluntary and community groups who specialise in working with communities most at risk from Covid-19 and will help community leaders spread the word about safety advice.
The funding will also help recruit Community Champions who will inspire communities to follow guidance and take up testing and vaccination services.
Some of the cash will fund work with local voluntary and community organisations to increase outreach and engagement, raise awareness of local support and promote public health guidance for residents.
The maximum funding available to local authority areas was £500,000, and Coventry has received £499,145.
Coun David Welsh, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “People right across the city have been fantastic in following advice and guidelines and there has been so much good work to keep people safe and ease the pressure on health services.
“However, we need to make sure that everyone in our city is aware of the messages and knows how they and their loved ones can follow them.
“That means we need people in our local communities, working with local groups and local people to ensure health advice is heard and understood, and this money will help us do just that.”
For the latest guidance, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus