The impact of the pandemic on communities experiencing disadvantage: latest findings

07 October 2021

This report details the latest findings from People’s Health Trust’s survey which asked funded partners about the impact of the pandemic on their organisation and project participants.

Between March and April 2021 we surveyed our Active Communities and Local Conversations funded partners to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted neighbourhoods, community workers and the delivery of their projects. Our funded partners work within communities and neighbourhoods experiencing the highest levels of disadvantage and this survey helps us to understand in what way existing disadvantages and operational difficulties have changed.

We know that people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, disabled people, people with learning disabilities, and minoritised ethnic groups (particularly people of Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic backgrounds) experienced disproportionate impacts of the pandemic.

In the survey our funded partners highlighted multiple issues impacting these communities and the wider neighbourhoods where they work. Financial insecurity, food insecurity and mental health were some of the main concerns highlighted within the communities we fund.

This is the third wave of research, following surveys undertaken in March-April 2020 and August-September 2020.

Read the full report summary here.

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