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Coronavirus 4 May 2020 - 3.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 4 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Car parking permit changes

City centre car park annual season ticket holders are to get three months extra parking for free in recognition of the fact they cannot use them during the Coronavirus crisis. Many motorists who regularly use city centre car parks are now unable to use them because of the coronavirus restrictions and advice to work-from-home. To compensate for this the council has decided that those who hold 12-month season tickets will have them extended to 15 months at no extra cost. 

 

Critical health services benefiting from schools' PPE production 

Our social care services and the NHS are benefiting from the efforts of city comprehensive schools who've produced 20,000 items of PPE equipment during the lockdown.

Visors, scrubs, wash bags and headbands are among the supplies that have gone out to social services, hospitals as well as care homes, pharmacies, carers, community nurses and others since the crisis began.

The Design and Technology Departments at some schools are using their own laser cutters and 3D printers to manufacture visors from approved templates to support community needs while others are working with Millennium Lasers in Llandarcy to assemble NHS visors that are cut by the company.

The comprehensive schools in Swansea include Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Gowerton, Bishopston, Morriston, Bishop Vaughan, Penyrheol, Birchgrove, Cefn Hengoed, Pontarddulais and YG Bryntawe along with Dwr Y Felin in Neath and there are also other links with schools out of county.

 

Domestic abuse

Staff from Swansea Council's Child and Family Services Integrated Family Support including the Domestic Abuse Hub are taking part in a new public awareness campaign to help combat Domestic Abuse.

The #YouAreNotAlone campaign has been launched by the Home Office aimed at highlighting that anyone at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave their home environment and seek refuge.

Read more here: www.swansea.gov.uk/YouAreNotAlone

 

Flying Start services still here for children

Help, advice and support for families in the Flying Start programme is continuing in Swansea despite the coronavirus lockdown. Although all groups and non-essential visits have stopped during lockdown the teams are delivering services in alternative ways.

During the lockdown the Flying Start Speech and Language Development Team, health visitors and Early Help staff are still providing support while Flying Start Childcare has been repurposed into hubs, childcare staff are keeping in touch with families who would have been accessing childcare over the phone, via class Dojo and providing activity packs.

 

VE Day commemorations

Despite the lockdown, our city's Lord Mayor is urging residents to help commemorate the safely from their homes. Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Black, called on residents to participate in the National Moment of Reflection and Remembrance at 11.00am on 8 May. 

The council's cultural services team has also organised a whole package of online activities and events to remember and celebrate VE Day at home. There's a full rundown available by going to enjoyswanseabay.com

 

Swansea Arena

Work continues to change the city centre skyline as steel framework rises on the Swansea Central Phase One scheme. The arena's framework is taking shape on the site of the former Oystermouth Road car park and the multi-storey car park frame is growing on the site of the former St Mary's ground level car park. On site, our main contractors Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd and their associates are working to rigorous safety and social distancing guidelines laid down by government and industry bodies. More: www.swansea.gov.uk/SkylineSteel 

 

Foodbanks serving you

We're supporting a network of 14 foodbanks around the city which are providing a critical service to families during the pandemic. To find the one in your area please go to: www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks

 

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 www.swansea.gov.uk/fis or you can give the team a call on 01792 517222.

 

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