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

As 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.

The outbreak of the Coronavirus means that much of the work GMPA had planned for 2020 will either be taken forward at a later date or will progress at a much slower place. It may not be possible to keep other parts of our website as up to date as we usually would over the coming months. We will endeavour to maintain publication of our regular newsletter, albeit the content will no doubt mainly be focused on the impact of the virus during this time.

This page will be used to include information about our work in relation to the Coronavirus. Please keep an eye on this page and on our newsletter over the coming months. 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.

Graham Whitham
March 20th, 2020

Survey of food providers and VCSE organisations

GMPA is seeking to gather intelligence from our network to understand the impact of coronavirus on service delivery and responses to poverty. We have launched two surveys:

  • Food providers survey: This survey is for food banks, food clubs/ pantries and providers of hot meals. It includes specific questions about the impact of the virus on stock and volunteer and client numbers.
  • VCSE organisations survey (other than food providers): This survey is for VCSE organisations in GMPA’s network whose work supports people in ways other than through food provision. We want to understand the impact of the virus.

Please complete the survey that is most relevant to you. Each survey should take less than ten minutes to complete. At present, our plan is to keep the surveys open and to provide ongoing analysis and summaries of the intelligence gathered to key stakeholders.

Useful links and resources

Below is a list of pages that are regularly being updated by Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities, local VCSE infrastructure organisations and other key agencies. Please check the pages relevant to your area regularly.

VCSE infrastructure organisations




Action Together (Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside)

Age UK

GM INFORMATION from Homeless Friendly

Small Charities Coalition

Local authorities

Bolton Council

Bury Council

Manchester City Council

Oldham Council





Trafford    and Thrive Trafford


National agencies


Support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses 


NHS 111 

Carers UK

Acas – advice for employers and employees

Understanding Universal Credit

Housing systems -coronavirus and benefits

Travel advice

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