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Coronavirus: Please join our city's army of volunteers

People are being urged to sign-up and join an army of volunteers who are making all the difference for those affected by Coronavirus.

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The people of Swansea have stepped up to the plate to help support the most vulnerable in communities to keep them safe and supported, but we need more people to come forward during this difficult situation.

Those who are able to help out can sign-up by going online to Swansea Council for Volunteering Service (SCVS) which is co-ordinating the volunteering recruitment campaign locally.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: "These are unprecedented times calling for unprecedented measures. Council staff are being retrained and redirected to do some of this work.

"But we need a community effort. The kind of help volunteers will be expected to do might include doing shopping for those stuck at home, collecting prescriptions and staying in touch.

"There will also be opportunities for people to help out in food banks, supporting meals preparation and cooking, carrying out deliveries and supporting the co-ordination of this work.

"We have a massive challenge and many people are already informally volunteering in their community. We will all be saying to those people who have to stay at home and shield themselves from the virus: 'Your communities are here for you'."

Swansea Council has been working hard to put measures in place over the last week, redirecting and retraining staff from non-essential services so they can help provide dedicated support to those who will need it in the coming weeks.

Other critical council services like child care for NHS key workers, emergency highways repairs and recycling services will continue to be provided.

Cllr Stewart added: "Volunteers are what we now need. Please do what you can to help the most vulnerable get through these unprecedented times. You can help save lives."

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