Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland Covid-19 Impact Report: Spotlight on civil society organisations supporting ethnic minority and newly arrived communities

Francesca Godfrey

27th April 2021

At the end of 2020, Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland (TM&C) commissioned us to conduct research on the impact of Covid-19 on faith-based and community organisations across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. This report shines a light on organisations supporting ethnic minority and newly arrived communities.

CSC and TM&C felt it was important to collaborate on this report because ethnic minority and newly arrived communities have been disproportionately affected by virus, and there is a unique set of social factors compounding this in Middlesbrough.

As well as highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on several ethnic minority-led or focused groups, the report o aims highlight the main challenges going forward for the community, the organisations supporting them, and the sector as a whole. It also presents recommendations and practical solutions to address some of the emerging challenges, many coming from the community, targeted at organisations themselves, local infrastructure organisations and local statutory bodies.

Fatemeh Khoshkholgh of Iranian Community North East said of the report:

”I think it is very valuable to know that what other communities were doing to support their vulnerable service users and how they came over the barriers. For me this report is a learning opportunity and gives me ideas about how we can cope with issues in the future.”