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MEMBERS of Swansea Council's building services team have taken on new roles to deliver much-needed meals and drinks to elderly and disabled residents in the community.

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Luke Williams, an area maintenance foreman, and six other trades staff at the council have been using re-purposed council vehicles to support local charities delivering cooked meals and other food to homes across Swansea.

Now Luke is working with the Swansea Together organisation to deliver 400 meals three days a week to hospitals, schools and tenanted properties.

The team is also delivering games, toys, bikes, books, and even chocolate eggs over Easter as well as water and energy drinks to paramedics on duty.

They're one group among hundreds of other council staff who've radically changed what they do to be here for the people of Swansea, helping the most vulnerable through the crisis.

For example, more than 70 cultural services staff have stopped doing their day job to provide a virtual call centre dedicated to supporting those shielding themselves from Coronavirus over the next 12 weeks.

Mr Williams said he got involved in the cooked meals delivery service after being asked for support by a colleague already involved in the service.

He said: "I'm an area maintenance foreman for Swansea council dealing with adaption works for elderly and disabled tenants.

"I got involved with this project due to a work colleague who is involved in a charity delivering service but the demand had got too much for him so I decided to help.

"I asked my manager if I could help and not only did they give the thumbs up, they also gave me full use of council vehicles plus anything else we needed.

"There are seven local tradesmen with many others waiting to be called upon if needed, working together with a superb team of cooks to get out over 400 meals three days a week.

"We deliver to hospitals, schools and council tenants. We've also delivered games, toys, bikes, books, and Easter eggs, plus water and energy drinks to ambulance drivers.

"Not only are we providing residents with a warm meal but also a friendly welcoming point of contact that they know they can rely on and tell if they have any issues or needs at this worrying time.

"There are a lot of people doing a lot of good things at this time within Swansea council and we are just grateful and extremely proud that the council has given us the opportunity to provide a service that residents can be very proud of."

Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: "There's never been a time when people have needed our council more. At times like this our staff are changing what they do - sometimes quite radically - to be there for the people of Swansea.

"The work our staff are doing is a real lifeline for some of the most vulnerable in our communities at this challenging time."

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