Published on: 21st October 2020

Animated videos explaining coronavirus have been created in 11 different languages by a new Salford initiative TEK Eagles.

TEK Eagles, run by Alchemy Arts and funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning group through the Innovation Fund, produced a series of five explainer videos to help keep people in Salford safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

These videos aim to be accessible for all, and have been produced in 11 different community languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Arabic.

As part of our new Salford TEK Eagles initiative, Alchemy Arts have been unable to deliver face-to-face workshops in their usual format.

Instead, they have opted for a more digital-focused approach, relevant to the current pandemic, to produce a source of information for those who may be overwhelmed by the fast-changing information.

Alchemy logo and Spirit of Salford

Dr Tom Tasker, Chair of Salford CCG, said: “Creating these videos was really important to make sure information about coronavirus and how people can protect themselves and their families was accessible to everyone, no matter what language they speak. We’re sharing these videos far and wide within Salford’s diverse community and hopefully they will help keep people safe – and protect their families, friends and communities - during the pandemic.”

Adil Mohammed Javed, Alchemy Arts CEO & Artistic Director, said: “We are really proud to launch our range of videos, which have been in the works for quite a while now.

“With the assistance and support of the NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, we have been able to produce a range of videos that will support people, not just in the Salford community but across the country.

“For a lot of people in the United Kingdom, English isn’t their first language. To combat that, our videos are available in 11 different community languages, which will certainly help to provide clear and concise information in a way that is relevant to our diverse audience.

“It can be quite scary sometimes switching on the TV and hearing different views and regulations about Coronavirus. Local restrictions continue to change across the country, so there is no better time to provide the essential information in a clear and concise way.”

You can watch all the videos from all 11 community languages by clicking the links below.

English videos

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Arabic videos

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus? 
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Bengali videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Mandarin videos

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

French videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Gujarati videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Malay videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Portuguese videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Punjabi videos

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus? 
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus? 
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Spanish videos 

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus? 
Episode 5 - Test and Trace

Urdu videos

Episode 1 - What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Episode 2 - Who is most likely to get coronavirus?
Episode 3 - What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
Episode 4 - What can you do to protect yourself from coronavirus?
Episode 5 - Test and Trace