Near Neighbours
Black Country

New support for Black Country communities most at risk from Covid

Between January and March we are expanding our work to support those most at risk from Covid-19

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Black Country Near Neighbours was the first initiative of TCT back in 2014. In 2021 this partnership with Near Neighbours continues to go from strength to strength, with the announcement of further funding for the Black Country and other Near Neighbours areas from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Between January and March, TCT are expanding our work to support those most at risk from Covid-19, through communicating accurate public health information, encouraging vaccine take up and more widely, engaging and supporting communities to tackle the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on certain ethnic and social groups.

Building on our existing local networks in some of the most diverse areas of the Diocese and the areas of highest inequality, we will be expanding our support to include:

  • Promoting the latest information about public health, personal safety and the vaccine, through key targeting of different faith and ethnic communities, encompassing different languages and cultural nuances.
  • Launching a new small grants programme to support grassroots organisations.
  • Community listening and feedback workshops.
  • New programmes for local groups to boost digital inclusion, enhance youth and community leadership and strengthen financial resilience.

This increased programme of work has been created in collaboration with the Church Urban Fund and the Just Finance Foundation.

Near Neighbours locally and nationally is dedicated to bringing people together, embracing difference, strengthening community spirit and belonging, and increasing collaboration across community organisations, faith groups and businesses to meet local needs effectively.

Published 28th Jan 2021