UK: Muslim Hands joins forces with 30 charities to help with Coronavirus emergency

26th Mar 2020
UK: Muslim Hands joins forces with 30 charities to help with Coronavirus emergency

By Elham Asaad Buaras

London, The Muslim News: Nottingham-based Muslim Hands charity has joined forces with thirty-five other charities and NGOs in one the biggest coordinated multi-agency alliance in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in the Midlands city.

Muslim Hands, an international Muslim relief and aid organisation, has taken the lead in partnering with the people of Nottingham, County Councils, Nottingham Citizens, the Local Resilience Forum and Emergency Planning, foodbank providers and various faith networks on building a picture of the local situation so that partners are in a strong position to help in the most effective way possible.

The latest figures on Coronavirus cases from Public Health England have revealed the numbers for Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire has increased. As of March 23, there were 41 cases confirmed in the city up from 34, in the county, there have been 71 confirmed, up from 60 the day before.

Areas of support in Nottingham for the vulnerable who are classified as the elderly or those self-isolating, include a helpline for further information and safe, accessible food pick-up and drop off points. Further meetings have been arranged in the coming weeks to get the project implemented as soon as possible as well as looking at how other cities in the surrounding area such as Birmingham and Leicester can also be supported.

In a statement to The Muslim News, Muslim Hands Programmes Director, Shakil Sidat, paid tribute to all the organisations working in Nottingham and beyond to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There has never been a greater need for a sense of togetherness and to provide our communities with the support and assistance they require in such uncertain times. By working together and having the specialist knowledge in our specific areas we can ensure that we reach more people and do as much as we can so that those that have been affected by the pandemic are not left to suffer in silence,” he said.

“In a moment where all of our actions have a consequence for our community, it is vital that all organisations work strategically to deliver services to everyone regardless of ethnicity or religious background,” said Councillor Sajid Mohammed for Mapperley and Director of Himmah, a grassroot community-based initiative providing services to tackle poverty, racism and social exclusion.

While, Pete Rogers, Community Organiser, Nottingham Citizens (Citizens UK), said, “At a time of fear and uncertainty we must come together and be a practical voice and presence for hope and togetherness. Already we’ve seen a huge outpouring of goodwill and creative ideas – our alliance is ready to join with others to do what’s needed over the coming months.”

As of March 24, there have been 6,650 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK and 335 deaths.

[Photo: A woman wearing a medical mask walks out from University College London Hospital which is among the designated centres to treat in coronavirus (Covid-19) in London, United Kingdom on March 26, 2020. Photographer: İlyas Tayfun Salcı/AA]

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