WCC: Community Engagement for COVID-19 Prevention

This funding is to support and enhance Warwickshire’s community engagement with the national test and trace programme, and the prevention messages in relation to reducing the risks of transmission of COVID-19.

Deadline for applications: Midday Friday, 26th February 2021

This funding is to support and enhance Warwickshire’s community engagement with the national test and trace programme, and the prevention messages in relation to reducing the risks of transmission of COVID-19.

Applicants are invited to apply for funding up to midday on Friday, 26th February 2021. Submitted applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and funding awarded for engagement plans that meet the guidance identified below. We therefore encourage you to apply early.

The work for this round is expected to be completed by 31st May 2021.

Individual applications up to the amount of £1000 will be considered.

Examples of previous work that has been developed to support this process include:

  • Focus group work

  • Social media campaigns and dissemination/production of appropriate material.

Commissioned examples of work within the council have also included the development of a rap by up-and-coming Coventry rapper Aaron Woodhouse aimed at young people regarding COVID19 safety and prevention messages. See here.

Background information:
On 27th May 2020 Warwickshire County Council alongside Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority were selected to take part in the early roll out of the Government and NHS’s new test and trace work. This programme is one of 11 across the country that will develop local outbreak control plans in relation to COVID-19 should an outbreak occur. Key to this is sustained community knowledge and engagement with the messages around prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and an understanding of the test and trace system. There is a local microsite with additional information: staysafecsw.info

What is Test and Trace (T&T)?
‘The NHS test and trace service:

  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents

  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

This service is to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects the NHS and social care. The service will allow tracing the spread of the virus and isolation of new infections and play a vital role in giving an early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally’

Community engagement
In order to support the above work we need to secure genuine, active and viable engagement with different local communities, by organisations/sectors who have the knowledge and grassroots relationships to raise awareness of: Test and Trace, when and how to get tested; and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will include a variety of methods and platforms.

Priority population groups have been identified in Warwickshire for engagement with this work and are identified below. Work in any of the geographical areas of the county will be considered.

Current priority groups:

  • Young people and older populations

  • Low income households

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups (BAME)

  • People with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulty

  • People whose first language is not English

  • People with long term conditions e.g. diabetes, obesity, asthma,

  • Inclusion health groups e.g. asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsy and Travellers, homeless people, sex workers.

Key messages to be disseminated:

  • We want people to act quickly to get tested when they have symptoms

  • We want people to feel confident that they understand the prevention measures such as hand and face hygiene, social distancing, and know the symptoms

  • We want people to protect others by self-isolating when they have symptoms or a positive test, and to know what their households need to do

  • We want people to continue to engage in these messages and not disengage as time progresses

  • We want to reduce to zero the incidences of Covid-19 in Warwickshire.

The immediate need from a community engagement approach is to maximise reach into current priority groups, but there is recognition that this may change with new and emerging data.

Reporting back on community engagement activity is essential, to inform the local/national programme. Reporting expectations will be discussed with each successful applicant to identify a suitable but not onerous feedback process, but it is likely to include information on the following:

  1. Data regarding distribution of information both online and in hard copy directly, and through community networks and partners

  2. Intelligence on community barriers and successes in relation to Covid-19 prevention

  3. Submission of real-person stories and examples of positive approaches

  4. Show how contribution to delivering a Test and Trace community engagement with relevant partners across Warwickshire has been achieved.

Please note successful models will be shared across the region and nationally if appropriate.

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  • COVID-19 Rugby
  • COVID-19 Stratford
  • COVID-19 Warwick District
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