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Coronavirus 1 May 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 1 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

We're creating a safe place for homeless people to stay

We're set to agree an investment of £400,000 in a project that means nobody needs to be homeless during the Coronavirus pandemic. The plan is to re-open Ty Tom Jones in Alexandra Road as a place to live for 20 single homeless people. They'll have access to medical support and be able to self-isolate should they be affected by the virus.

The Pobl housing association is providing the building and it'll be staffed 24-hours a day by staff from homeless charities Wallich and Caer Las. Funding will come from the council which is due to be recouped from a Welsh Government pot of money set up to support homeless people through the pandemic. Cabinet is due to consider the proposal at a remote meeting being held online on May 7.


Liberty Stadium Coronavirus testing station

We're working with Swansea Bay University Health Board and the Swans to create a Coronavirus testing unit at Liberty Stadium for health and social care staff.

Work is due to start on the drive-through unit next Wednesday and should be operational by Friday.

The Liberty testing unit will be located in the VIP car park and will have its own dedicated vehicle entrance. Other car parking areas around the Liberty Stadium will not be affected.

Please note that this for health and social care staff who will be attending by appointment only. It is not for the general public.


Birchgrove Community Foodbank is a non-stop service

We're supporting a network of 14 foodbanks around the city which are there for the people of Swansea, providing a critical service to families during the pandemic. Birchgrove Community Foodbank launched just after Christmas and has become a vital support for communities in its area. Foodbank founder Juliet Rees said: "We feed those in need and - with the help of all our volunteers - give support to as many people as we possibly can."

As well as Birchgrove, the service has helped people in areas such as Trallwn, Winch Wen, Bonymaen, Llansamlet, Clydach, Mayhill and Townhill. For further information contact the foodbank - phone 07936 035419, email - or find them on Facebook @birchgrovecommunityfoodbank To find out more about other foodbanks available in Swansea, please go to


Council staff transform their roles to be #HereForSwansea

Hundreds of our staff have radically changed their roles and re-trained to support the vulnerable in our community. One of them is Principal Librarian Bethan Lee. Among her normal work is the strategic management of the Central Library. Now she is a virtual Helpline call centre team-leader at the heart of a hub supporting those who have been told to stay at home and shield themselves from the virus. Bethan said: "Things can be very busy. Our role, as a dedicated Council Helpline, is to provide a service to those residents in need who have no-one else to support them like friends, neighbours or family." There's more information here:


PPE supplies

A big thanks to building supplies firm Screwfix! They have donated more than 400 of items of important PPE supplies to support the Council they advised "in light of the vital services you are providing to your community and as a gesture of our appreciation." Building Services Procurement officers and our Commercial team have been sourcing millions of items of PPE over the past five weeks to support our Social Services colleagues and Private care providers.


Family information service

If you are a key worker with children of pre-school age (under 4) you may be eligible for funding for your childcare?

Our Family Information Service also has details about all key childcare provision that remains open during this time.

Please visit or you can give the team a call on 01792 517222.


Cyclists urged to take care

Police are increasing patrols in some of the busiest areas of Swansea prom and the seafront due to a rising number of cyclists and the potential risk of accidents or incidents. We're asking cyclists to take care and avoid accidents by observing the Welsh Government's two metre rule and watch out for other cyclists and pedestrians.

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