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Coronavirus 21 April 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Foodbanks

Food banks in Swansea are appealing for more donations, as increased demand resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has led to a shortage of food.

The food banks in Swansea are well established as vital support networks within the community, but their stocks have been hit as a result of increased demands over recent weeks.

People can donate items at most supermarkets. Donation bins are usually positioned close to the checkouts and exits.

Alternatively, people can drop off donations at their local food bank. Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks for details of opening times and when the public can drop off donations.

Local businesses able to donate items in bulk are encouraged to get in touch via email: community.action@swansea.gov.uk.

 

Domestic abuse - you are not alone

Our social services teams have joined a new campaign to support those who are suffering in their own homes during the lockdown. The campaign's called 'You Are Not Alone' and it's designed to highlight the issues and encourage those affected to come forward and seek help.

If you need help, the Wales Live Fear Free helpline number is 0808 80 10 800 or email info@livefearfreehelpline.wales

 

Get Swansea Online

Our lifelong service team is on hand to help more people learn how to get online so they can access services and keep in touch with friends. During lockdown tutors have been keeping in touch with learners via phone and email.  They're also available on 01792 637101 between 9am - 4.30pm weekdays to talk you through the process of getting online.

If you know someone who could do with their help you can fill out a form online for yourself or a friend or relative and the team will call you back: www.swansea.gov.uk/getonline

 

Supporting allotment holders

We're asking hundreds of allotment holders to make sure they follow the social distancing rules. Together with the National Allotment Society we've issued guidance to its members in Swansea so they can tend their allotments, grow food and enhance their well-being.

 

Parks

Sad to hear that some people are abusing our staff who are only trying to protect them by taping off play areas in line with government guidance. Please do not remove tape from these play and exercise areas and PLEASE do not abuse our staff who are only trying to protect you.


Staff

Managers are reminded of the newly-launched volunteering App. The information provided by volunteers  will complement and support the discussions that should already be taking place  to identify suitable opportunities for deployment, details of which can be found on www.swansea.gov.uk/stafftemporaryrole

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