A community based research on the thoughts, feelings and impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on Black african diaspora communities in Sandwell, West Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.

This community research was driven by the emerging data coming from the Office of National Statistics, which indicated that there were racial disparities in those being hospitalised with COVID-19 and racial disparities in the number of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic NHS workers dying from COVID-19. Whilst government reports focussed on the medical outcomes and statistics, we wanted to understand the impact and go beyond statistics and numbers by exploring how people from the Black African diaspora were experiencing COVID-19 and life in lockdown. Using a data collection survey, semi structured interviews and focus groups, we were able to identify a range of views.

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Black, Covid and in Lockdown: In Our Own Words