The Coronavirus outbreak and how it relates to GMPA’s work

Coronavirus wordart for GM Poverty Action pageAs the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak impacts people’s lives across Greater Manchester, our small team at GMPA will be doing what we can to highlight consequences of the virus on people experiencing poverty and on efforts to tackle poverty. This page provides information about our work in relation to the Coronavirus as well as links to useful resources. Please keep an eye on this page and on our newsletter over the coming months as our work develops.

Between 18th and 31st March, 2020 GMPA ran two surveys to understand the initial impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on parts of our network. Thank you to everyone who responded. The findings from both surveys have been fed through the key stakeholders across the city region. The main findings are detailed here

We are also keen to signpost people to our Maps of Support Services. Many of you will have projects detailed on the maps. If the nature of your projects has changed or services have had to close, please get in touch so that we can keep the maps as up-to-date as possible.

Influencing the response to Covid-19

GMPA has been working with stakeholders across the city region to support and influence the response to the pandemic. We are also working to ensure that alleviating poverty is a central focus of the recovery. Our socio-economic briefing has been used by local authorities across Greater Manchester to inform Equality Impact Assessments of the community response in each borough.

GMPA was asked to develop a briefing for the Greater Manchester Humanitarian Assistance Group following the announcement of additional funding from central government aimed at supporting local authorities to respond to hardship in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing focuses on the importance of taking a ‘cash first’ approach to local welfare provision. The briefing outlines the benefits of this approach and suggests local welfare assistance schemes would be a suitable route to supporting people in this way.

We have also outlined the needs of food support providers at this time, submitted evidence to Parliament’s “COVID-19 and food supply” committee, and produced several other briefings for GM local authorities’ food and humanitarian leads on issues such as Healthy Start Vouchers.

Useful links and resources

Below is a list of pages that are being updated by Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities plus additional information and contact phone numbers.  There are also links to local VCSE infrastructure organisations and other key agencies. Please check the pages relevant to your area regularly.

Local authorities

Greater Manchester Combined authority support for residents and vulnerable people plus support for businesses, information about volunteering and other useful information

Greater Manchester Textphone 07860 022876 messages will be responded to by the next working day

For help and support with food and medical supplies for anyone living in Greater Manchester, please call the appropriate local authority hub. Each Local Authority also has a website with information, just click on the name of the authority:

Bolton:  01204 337221 Monday to Friday  8.30am – 5.30pm Saturday: 9.00am to 1.30pm

Bury:  0161 253 5353 Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.

Manchester: 0800 234 6123 Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Oldham:  0161 770 7007  Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Rochdale: 01706 923685 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Salford: 0800 952 1000 Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm

Stockport0161 217 6046  Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 4.30pm

Tameside: 0161 342 8355 Monday to Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm, Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Trafford: 0300 330 9073 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm

Wigan: 01942 489018 Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 12 noon


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