African & Caribbean Sounding Board – Engaging with communities about COVID-19


In Manchester a multi-agency group called CHEM (Covid Health Equity Manchester) has been set up. The group comprises representatives from Manchester City Council, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning, Primary Care, Manchester Foundation Trust, Manchester Local Care Organisations and voluntary and community sector representatives from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and disability groups.


The aim of CHEM is to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, severe disease and death among groups of people who have been identified, from local demographics, as being most at risk, including:

• Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
• People born outside the UK or Ireland
• People in specific occupational groups
• Disabled people
• Inclusion health groups e.g. Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Gypsies & Travellers


The CHEM group wishes to actively engage with those communities that are at higher risk of COVID-19 and have set up Sounding Boards which bring together members of the public and representatives from local voluntary and community organisations. Three Sounding Boards are now established for the African & Caribbean community, South Asian community and refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants. BHA and the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN) co-host the African & Caribbean Sounding Board which meets regularly via Zoom.

We welcome the views of African and Caribbean residents across Manchester to ensure that our communities remain safe and are fully informed about COVID-19.

For further information about the African & Caribbean Sounding Board contact Donna Miller – donna@thebha.org.uk.